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Dear Friends,
With less than 30 days left of this year's session, the Delegates and Senators are working to decide the way ahead on how to conform, or not conform, with the Federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

On January 23rd, the Rules committee met to review a handful of tax bills and moved Delegate Chris Jones' tax bill forward to the Finance Committee. Delegate Jones' bill would conform to the Federal Government's filing system, which would remove the option to itemize your tax. You can learn more about where I stand on this is by watching my interview. Despite positive feedback on both sides of the aisle to my proposal, the committee did not put my bills on the docket, and have no intention hearing my bills or any others on this matter.

 

Top Five Hot Topics
There are so many important bills in front of legislators right now, but I wanted to highlight five topics that are often discussed in homes across House District 68 and the legislation we're working on this year:

1. School Safety
     Schools to close on Election days - To ensure school safety when elections are held, often in public school facilities, a bill was passed in the House (97-1) to make election dates a holiday. Read more  |  Track HB 1752

     Notice to Parents before Lock Down Drills - Requires schools to alert parents ahead of a lock down drill so they can choose if their child needs to be emotionally prepared. This bill is currently in subcommittee. Read More  |  Track HB 1793

2.  Healthcare
     Telemedicine - Heading to the Health, Welfare and Institutions (HWI) full committee soon would help increase access to healthcare, especially in remote areas of the Commonwealth, by requiring insurers, corporations or health maintenance organizations to cover remote patient monitoring services as part of their coverage of telemedicine services. Track HB 1970

     Balanced Billing for Emergency Services – These bills seek to increase transparency and decrease overcharging when emergency care is sought and is “out of network.” Track the Balance Billing bills: HB 1714, HB 2544, SB 1354, SB 1360, SB 1362, and SB 1763

3. Environmental Protections
     Coal Ash - Speaker Kirk Cox and Governor Ralph Northam announced a new deal to require Dominion to excavate the ponds and recycle at least 6.8 million of the 27 million cubic yards of coal ash. The remaining ash are to be moved into modern landfills in order to prevent further contaminating of our waterways and private wells. Read More | Track SB 1533

4. Civil Rights
     Equal Rights Amendment - The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was effectively killed on the House side in the Privileges & Elections Sub Committee on the morning of Tuesday, January 22nd, however, passed in the Senate. Read More | Track SJ 284

5. Protecting Vulnerable Populations
     Assisted Living Facilities overnight staffing - This bill would increase the ratio of staff during overnight hours and has reported out of committee with unanimous support (22-0) and will reach the floor soon for a vote. Track HB 2521

     Assisted Living Facilities disclosure of emergency electrical power source - This bill would require facilities to notify residents if there is an emergency electrical source should they lose power is one simple measure to ensure everyone is prepared in case of emergencies. This bill passed the House (97-0) and is being heard by the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services. Track HB 1815

 
Why Constitutional Amendment HJ 608
Delegate Dawn M. Adams speaks to the need for a Constitutional Amendment to allow Governors to seek re-election for two consecutive terms.
 
2019 Legislation - My Bills
I am sponsoring seven House Bills and one Constitutional Amendment this year. You can explore my bills in more detail by visiting the Legislative Information System - http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+mbr+H289C.
 
Highlights of This Week at the General Assembly


Constituents with the Alzheimer's Association stopped by to chat about how we can better
support those with memory diseases as well as their caretakers.


I had a great conversation with the Financial Planners as part of their advocacy day at the Capitol


It is always a pleasure to see our young adults getting involved in the legislative process.
Thank you Chesterfield County Young Democrats for stopping by!


Members of the Humane Society stopped by to advocate for better animal protections.


Speaking to my Constitutional Amendment in the Privileges and Elections subcommittee this week.
HJ 608 will be brought up again on Monday, January 28th for a vote.



Photo Credit: Bob Brown of the Richmond Times Dispatch captured a candid shot of
Delegate Fariss and I chatting on our way back to our offices. It is important to me to have good relationships and open communication on both sides of the aisle.
Civic Engagement & LA for the Day
 


The LA for the Day program began in 2018 after seeing an unmet need to allow constituents to be a part of the legislative process while it's happening. This week, we were joined by 10-year old Emmett who had the day off from school and wanted to spend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day learning how bills become law. He sat in meetings, watched session, and even helped enter some data from our guest book! According to Emmett, "the Mace was the most exciting part of the day!" Want to know what he is referring to? Check out this article from the Times Dispatch to learn more about the Mace and the role of the Sergeant at Arms.

We were also joined by Joe, a retired IT professional, and Shannon, a nurse and fellow UVA alum who got to celebrate the University's 200th Birthday in Jefferson's other House.

Though we are completely booked for the rest of this year's General Assembly session, I would encourage anyone to reach out and let us know you'd like to get on the waiting list should we have any last-minute cancellations - email: Maureen@DelegateAdams.com to get on the waiting list. Learn more by visiting: https://www.delegateadams.com/la-for-the-day
Please feel free to reach out to me for any questions by calling 804-698-1068 or emailing me at: DelDAdams@house.virginia.gov. Learn more by visiting www.DelegateAdams.com.

Have a great week!

Warmest regards,

Delegate Dawn M. Adams, DNP, Nurse Practitioner
Virginia House of Delegates, District 68
Phone: 804-698-1068
Email: DelDAdams@house.virginia.gov
www.DelegateAdams.com
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