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60th District Digest May 18, 2017

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Photo left: Delegate James E. Edmunds II with Farmville Chief of Police Andy Ellington

I was honored to meet with the community and business leaders of Farmville and Prince Edward County in Farmville this Wednesday. Senator Mark Peake joined me as we listened to all the positive things that are happening in the area as well as their concerns, wish lists and possible plans for solutions. Senator Peake and I will be working on identified state issues during the next general assembly session.

Farmville community leaders

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60th District Digest May 2, 2017

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HALIFAX:
There has been a lot of local news this past week, chief of which is the mighty flooded Dan River. Businesses in South Boston and other locations have suffered a lot of damage because of the speed of the rising water. Although the river has now receded, the real work started with the clean-up.

I was at Staunton River State Park when the park hosted Governor McAuliffe on the last of his visits to 37 Virginia State Parks. The Commonwealth has much to offer with the natural beauty found at all these parks and I am proud that we have several in the 60th District.

Staunton River State Park Gov. McAuliffe visit

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60th District Digest July 5, 2016

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Halifax:
The 2016 General Assembly adjourned in early March. Throughout the 60-day session, we considered thousands of bills. Most of the bills that ultimately passed and were signed by the Governor will go into effect on July 1.

Every year, the General Assembly publishes a comprehensive list of bills that are likely to affect your everyday life. Below, I have highlighted the major accomplishments. You can read the entire list here http://dls.virginia.gov/pubs/idc/idc16.pdf

Constitutional Amendments
There will be two constitutional amendments on the ballot this November. The first will enshrine our right to work status in Virginia constitution, which will make Virginia a stronger state for business by guaranteeing that no employee can be fired just because he or she refuses to join a union. The second constitutional amendment will give localities the option to provide a property tax exemption to the surviving spouse of a law enforcement, firefighter, or emergency service personnel killed in the line of duty. I encourage you to vote "Yes" on both of these amendments in November.

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60th District Digest May 20, 2016

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Halifax:
Front page in today's Richmond Times Dispatch, U.S. Judge Upholds Virginia's Voter ID Law. In his ruling, the judge noted that Virginia provides free voter IDs, giving all of its citizens "an equal opportunity to participate in the electoral process."

I supported this bill because voting should be open to any legally qualified voter and providing a valid picture ID helps to ensure that.

You can see the full story here: http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/article_fb14253d-0f3b-5e95-bed3-e37b9eac0bb1.html.

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60th District Digest April 28, 2016

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Halifax:
Governor McAuliffe announced last Friday that he is immediately restoring the civil rights of 206,000 convicted felons, including violent felony offenders. Civil rights include the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for public office and serve as a notary public.

I believe that when convicted felons have completed their sentence and paid their debt to society, they deserve the opportunity to demonstrate they once again deserve their civil rights. However, there should be a clear and consistent delineated policy that applies fairly and equitably. That policy should take into account the nature of the crimes committed, whether they have paid back their victims and the court system, and their willingness to serve as productive members of society.

The Governor's policy applies to violent criminals who have committed even the most heinous violent crimes including murder, rape, child rape, and kidnapping. By applying no discretion or judiciousness to this process, the Governor is undermining the strength of the criminal justice system and the sanctity of our civil rights.

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