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Virginia House District 56

Duties - The House of Delegates, with the Senate, has legislative power to enact laws. The House of Delegates has 100 members who are elected from separate districts.Term - 2 yearsSalary - $17,640
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    Melissa M. Dart (Dem) Healthcare Administration Consultant

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What are the most important changes needed in Virginia to ensure election integrity and voting access for all qualified Virginians?

How would you promote health care coverage--physical and behavioral--that is adequate, affordable, and accessible for all Virginians?

In the Richmond region a police officer or nurse must spend over 30% of their income to rent the average home. What policy initiatives or investments would you support to meet housing challenges for working families in the region?

Two additional states are needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Will you vote yes or no on a resolution in the General Assembly to ratify the E.R.A.?

What is your position on rail transportation in Virginia?

What are your legislative priorities?

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There's a number of policies that Virginia legislators should pursue that will maintain election integrity and improve access to the ballot for a broader group of Virginians. There should be no excuse absentee voting and expanded dates for in person absentee voting. Many states have implemented these policies and have been able to expand their electorate. In addition, we must implement non partisan redistricting in order to ensure that our representative truly reflect the residents of Virginia.
First, we must pursue policies that will allow the broadest number of people possible to have access to insurance. We can do this by expanding Medicaid. Covering more people under Medicaid will mean that fewer people go to the emergency room when they're sick and those savings can be passed on to Virginians through lower premiums. Secondly, we must push insurance companies and hospitals to move away from fee based models of billing towards rewarding health systems for keeping people healthy.
Between 2000 - 2015, the average rent in Louisa County grew by 86%, from $504 to $936. At the same time, median household income only increased 47%. In Henrico County, the income needed to afford a median rental is $42,442 while the average police officer makes $25,850. I pledge to continue the General Assembly's commitment to invest in the Virginia Housing Trust Fund which has shown successes in allowing individuals to afford quality housing and prompting millions of dollars in regional growth.
I will vote YES to ratify the ERA.
I am in favor of rail expansion in Virginia where it does not disrupt community development.
My first priority is Medicaid expansion. I will also push to expand funding for public schools, improve the Standards of Quality formula, and reform the use of SOLs to measure success. And third, I will work to boost infrastructure investment in our rural communities - particularly broadband expansion.
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