The voter ID law should be temporarily suspended until remedies can be put into place for situations in which the law blocks qualified voters from participation. Legislation and process improvements should increase- not decrease- participation of qualified voters in Virginia.
I am in favor of automatic restoration of felon voter rights after their sentences have been served.
There is simply too much at stake to have our healthcare determined by partisan politics or campaign contributions. It is the responsibility of the General Assembly to promote policy that meets the needs of Virginians- not the health insurance industry. Medicaid expansion and a single-payer system are both imperfect, yet viable solutions. Fixing our broken system will take persistence and compromise, and I will diligently work to bring solutions that focus on improving the health of Virginians.
As a working mother, firefighter, and current renter, I am intimately familiar with housing challenges faced by working families. Since I have refused corporate donations I am not beholden to the real estate or development industries and am free to boldly advocate for the expansion of affordable housing programs, and defend regulations which protect residents and renters. Additionally, I will advocate for fair housing laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender.
I will vote YES. This will be a top legislative priority for me.
I am in favor of rail transportation for its environmental and economic benefits. These benefits must be considered in addition to the need to maintain current infrastructure, respect landowner’s rights, and maintain fiscal responsibility.
Campaign finance reform: our democracy is being auctioned off to the wealthiest donor and this must stop.
Protect women: repeal the section of our criminal justice code that gives a pass to convicted rapists who are married to their victims, include consent education in comprehensive sex education in public schools, and ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
Opioid crisis: present bold solutions that align with public health best practices and produce measurable results.
It is important that we continue to insist on accountability and transparency from our Virginia Department of Elections. There has been too much political gamesmanship over the past four years. Elections are all local and we need to find ways to continue to support our system of registrars. And finally, qualified Virginians means those whose rights have been restored, not otherwise registered in another jurisdiction and citizens.
There is a better way to expand access to healthcare. Instead of expanding government-run entitlement programs, we should strengthen our health care safety net to care for our most vulnerable citizens.The House has invested over $200 million in the health care safety net over the last three years, including significant funding for mental health coverage, funding for free clinics and community health centers. As a member of the House Appropriations committee, I'm proud to have led on these issues
The Virginia Housing Trust Fund is intended to create and preserve affordable housing and to reduce homelessness in the commonwealth. The biennium budget for fiscal years 2015-16 allocated $4,000,000 in the first year and $4,000,000 in the second year to fund activities through the Virginia Housing Trust Fund. This follows the 2013-14 biennium budget, which allocated $8,000,000. We are seeing results already. As a member of the House Appropriations committee, I'm proud to have led on this issue.
I would like to know more about this issue.
I am the Chairman of the sub-committee on Transportation in House Appropriations. In that role, I support freight and passenger rail enhancements. Further, I also requested a prioritization of transit capital funds through VDOT/CTB. I look forward to seeing how we can further invest in these critical components of our statewide infrastructure system.
I remain focused as I always have been on important youth and family issues including but not limited to juvenile justice reform, foster care services and additional investment in supportive services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition, I will look for ways that we can improve opportunities for investment in jobs and the economy including working towards a system where all people are paid based on merit, not their gender.