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Mamie Locke

The 2017 Virginia General Assembly session adjourned February 25th. This was the 45 day “short” session and was relatively uneventful. Overall, there was quite a bit of bipartisan cooperation on most issues. Significant investments in addressing the opioid epidemic and mental health crisis were a major accomplishment of the session. Another important aspect of the budget was protecting K-12 education from cuts and providing state employees, law enforcement and teachers with much needed and well deserved pay raises.

I was disappointed that legislation I introduced requiring disclosure of information relating to official misconduct, excessive force or alleged criminal conduct of a law enforcement officer to an inquiring employer of that officer when applying for another law enforcement job under certain circumstances and parameters. Bad apples should not continue to move around from department to department. Another bill (SB 1000) requesting the establishment of protocols for officer involved shootings also failed as did legislation seeking to level the playing field for counties regarding the local meal and beverage tax (SB 956). A bill changing the structure of the Fort Monroe Board of Directors (SB 1001) passed and is awaiting the Governor’s signature. SB 1037 also passed. This bill addresses issues regarding residential property disclosures in local historic districts.

There were a number of bills that passed which the Governor will give due consideration to vetoing, such as allowing guns in emergency shelters, some voter suppression bills, bills that undermine public education, or deny a woman a right to make her own reproductive health choices. I am confident that those vetoes will be sustained.

I relinquished my role as Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to take on a new role, that of Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. I am humbled that my colleagues have entrusted me with this awesome responsibility and I look forward to serving in this new leadership role. I also continue to be honored to serve each of you as your servant representative in Richmond and your voice for good government. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Yours in Service,



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Hampton, VA 23669
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General Assembly Building
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Richmond, VA 23218

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Hampton, VA 23670
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