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Mamie Locke

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 10, 2018 on schedule. The most important function of the session was to craft a budget for the biennium. In that responsibility, legislators failed miserably. There is no budget. If there is no budget by July 1, 2018, the government shuts down. If that happens, then the Virginia General Assembly, Senate and House of Delegates, is as dysfunctional as the Congress of the United States.

The reason for the stalemate is Medicaid expansion. During the 2017 election cycle, the number one issue for Virginians was health care. Clearly, citizens indicated what they cared about and voted into office those individuals who would support their interests. In a January 2018 poll, 83% of Virginians indicated that they supported Medicaid Expansion. Expansion will cover 300,000 to 400,000 uninsured working Virginians and free up funds to cover other expenses like education, public safety and natural resources. The Governor is on board. The House of Delegates is on board. Senate Democrats are on board. What’s the missing element here? Impasses like this are unnecessary in that compromises can be reached. But when one side digs in and refuses to even discuss an issue, it becomes impossible to negotiate. Now the Governor has to call a special session so that the legislative body can return to Richmond to complete its work. And who pays for this— you, the taxpayer.

In other news, I had the following legislation to pass the 2018 session:

SB197: Landlord and Tenant Law: notice requirements, landlord’s acceptance of rent with reservation
SB198: Historical African American cemeteries and graves: adds Mt. Calvary Cemetery in City of Portsmouth
SB775: Public Schools: military children, tuition
SJ 19: Coastal Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on; continued, report.
SJ 20: Commemorating 150th anniversary of passage of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

I also presented the following memorial and commending resolutions for individuals and organizations in the community:

SJ 18: Celebrating the life of Nathan Watts
SJ 115:  Celebrating the life of Annie Belle Daniels
SJ 116:  Celebrating the life of the Honorable Albert Woodfin Patrick III
SR 26: Commending VersAbility Resources
SR 48: Commending Katherine G. Johnson
SR 53: Commending Hampton University
SR 54: Commending Dr. William R. Harvey

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