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60th District Digest January 12, 2018

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The 2018 General Assembly session has officially gaveled in! This year will be a long session (60 days) where we tackle important issues such as healthcare, the opioid crisis, and the teacher shortage across Virginia. The election cycle may have lasted longer than anyone expected, but there is a lot of work to get done, and that work began this week, prioritizing the real problems people talk about at home.

The House was officially started on Wednesday, January 10th at 12 noon. It started with Republican Delegate Kirk Cox being unanimously elected to be the 55th Speaker of the House. Speaker Cox set a clear tone for the 2018 Session, pledging to focus on governing, working across the aisle, and leading with character and integrity.

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Broadband in rural areas a top priority to legislators

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Virginia State Senator Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville) and Delegate James Edmunds (R-Halifax) agree that finding additional funding for the broadband initiative in rural Virginia will be priorities for them in the upcoming General Assembly session.

The General Assembly convenes Wednesday in Richmond for a “long” session, which will adjourn on March 10 — a total of 60 days.

Ruff is focused on funding the expansion of broadband into rural Virginia, admittedly an expensive proposition.

The tobacco commission has committed $10 million to broadband expansion, but more money is needed, Ruff said.

“That’s the thing we need to enhance.”

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative has applied for a grant through the tobacco commission to supplement the costs of providing broadband through fiber to its customers, according to Edmunds.

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Legislation project aims to honor legacy of county’s Henrietta Lacks

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The Halifax County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) in partnership with the Henrietta Lacks family and the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, the Office of the Governor of Virginia, Senator William Stanley (Virginia Senatorial District 20), Delegate James Edmunds (Virginia House District 60) and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center this week announced legislation for a new project aimed at honoring the legacy of native daughter Henrietta Lacks beginning with the formation of the Henrietta Lacks Commission.

The county IDA made the announcement in a press statement released Friday afternoon.

Lacks is an important historical figure in the world of cancer treatment and biomedical research. She was raised, married and started her family in Halifax County, and she is buried in a cemetery in the Lacks Town area of the county in Clover.

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60th District Digest January 8, 2018

Posted in Newsletters

As I mentioned in my newsletter last week, I am headed back to the 2018 General Assembly this week. We convene Wednesday at 12 Noon and, as usual, we will be addressing numerous pieces of legislation.

So that I can get a feel of topics that may be of importance to you, I am sending a link in this newsletter to my 2018 Session Survey. I would appreciate you taking a few minutes to fill it out.

Please click here to access my online survey.

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60th District Digest January 5, 2018

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There have been many tragic stories of veterans who have been denied services owed to them by our Federal government, or veterans who have died while waiting for appointments at VA hospitals. I am strongly committed to making sure that every veteran that has served in the 60th District, and across Virginia, receives all the benefits that they are entitled to, in return for their service. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with a young lady recently who, not only is a veteran, but also supports them in every sense of the word.

Sarah Maddox Dunn is one of the Co-Founders of the Piedmont Area Veterans Council, located at 146 N. Main Street in Farmville. Her organization is a federally recognized Community Veteran Engagement Board (CVEB) listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. They are a 501C3 that operates and owns an office in Farmville that provides immediate assistance to active duty members, veterans and their family members, in a ten-county coverage area that includes Charlotte, Halifax and Prince Edward Counties.

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