Welcome to another edition of Candi’s Corner! The House of Delegates has been working extremely hard to advance legislation that will protect families, keep Virginia healthy and strengthen our economy. This week included a meeting with The Department of Rail & Public Transportation. I shared with them our district’s anticipation of the completion of the Potomac Shores Station as well as our need for more access to VRE outside of rush hour. They shared with me some very exciting rail changes coming to our area. I look forward to sharing more on that after the session ends. While I have been hard at work in committees and presenting my own legislation, I have also enjoyed connecting with the 2nd District through office hours and other meetings. To schedule a meeting with me during office hours, please visit my legislative services page.
As promised, my weekly update is below, including a lighter moment with my family. Have a great week!
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is working alongside local health districts and healthcare professionals to care for those affected by the COVID-19 virus. Virginia is now moving forward with its next stages of vaccine distribution to help prevent the development of future cases. Virginia is receiving roughly 105,000 new doses per week of the vaccine, and our healthcare workers are working diligently to ensure that they are distributed and administered in a timely manner.
Unfortunately, like many states, Virginia continues to see a rise in cases despite our growing capacity to vaccinate. I encourage everyone to continue to practice safe social distancing guidelines, frequent hand washing, and the wearing of face coverings when out in public or feeling sick in general to help combat the spread of the virus. For updates and information on when you or a family member are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, please click on this link. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Health Hotline at 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343) or your local health department.
Virginia Voting Rights Act
I am beyond excited to join my colleague, Delegate Cia Price as a patron of The Voting Rights Act of Virginia. As we celebrate Black History Month, we know that our great Commonwealth has not always lived up to its potential. My grandparents were not able to vote freely until well into their 40s due to discriminatory practices. This bill will ensure that Virginia will never again create inequity at the ballot box. This bill expands upon the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, providing new updates to protect the voting rights of people across Virginia. Along with pushing for measures against threats and voter intimidation, the legislation will also call for voting materials to be provided in languages other than English – catering to Virginia’s diverse demographic. Most importantly, the bill will require that any changes to local voting laws and regulations be presented to the public in advance and evaluated for their potential impact on Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.
I am proud to announce that I worked with Speaker Filler-Corn on a program that will give low and middle-income individuals the opportunity to attend tuition-free community college. The program, Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) provides a unique opportunity to individuals in the specific industries of health care, information technology, public safety, and early childhood education. Students will also sign a community engagement agreement that requires a mandatory two hours of work experience, community service, or public service for every credit hour they are enrolled.
I am happy to announce that two of my pieces of legislation to support victims of human trafficking receive better support and transition have passed the house! These bills will help with the following:
- Expungement of records for victims of human trafficking;
- Tracking sex trafficking data and trends more accurately; and
- Better identifying supply and demand components of sex trafficking.
The House also passed a bill that would allow Virginia farmers to be paid for all agriculture products supplied to charitable organizations helping to feed Virginians most in need. The Program anticipates helping nearly 1.2 Virginians facing food insecurity, while also supporting Virginia’s agriculture industry. I am proud to have co-patroned a bill that not only seeks to help Virginians suffering through the insecurities of the COVID-19 pandemic but also stimulates the Virginia economy during these trying times.
HJ 542 – Transit Equity and Modernization Study – Requires a study of transit equity and modernization
HB 2316 – Requires the Department of Education to update special education-related services
Crossover – Crossover is on Friday, February 5th. Crossover is when bills from each chamber (House and Senate) must pass into the opposite house.
A Lighter Moment
I love history and Black History Month is always a special time for my family. This year, we have taken the celebration online! Each week, we will be celebrating on Facebook and Twitter. We thought it would be easy to make a quick video to announce, but it wasn’t quite as easy. Here are our bloopers….
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