Delegate James E. Edmunds II
May 17, 2013
HALIFAX: The Month of May has been named Lyme Disease Awareness Month. The governor will light the Executive Mansion lime green Thursday, May 16 to commemorate the observance. As many of you know, I believe my father died of undiagnosed Lyme disease so I am very supportive of HB 1933 that passed in this year’s General Assembly session. This bill requires physicians to provide to each patient for whom a test for the presence of Lyme disease is ordered a written notice about Lyme disease. Check out the bright green ribbon on the front door of my Halifax office provided by the Lyme Disease Association in recognition of May as the Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
- Virginia Uranium has launched a full-scale PR campaign with direct mailings to households across the state containing prepaid post cards addressed to Governor McDonnell asking him to “direct state agencies to develop a regulatory process for mining uranium.” Virginia Uranium, Inc. (VUI) has vowed publicly that they are not going to cease their efforts to lift the moratorium. CommonHealthVA, The Virginia Coalition and RRBA have taken steps to expand and deepen their efforts to meet and defeat VUI’s challenge once again .
The Roanoke River Basin Association Board voted unanimously to accept CommonHealthVA as an integral part of the RRBA family. CommonHealthVA emerged in 2012 when several organizations and localities that advocated maintaining the moratorium on uranium mining began a more organized collaboration and coordination of activities. More information can be found about the CommonHealth organization at www.commonhealthva.org. Building on the enormous success of last year’s inaugural fundraising event, The Virginia Coalition will once more host an event this fall. Stay tuned!
- The Commonwealth Transportation Board will conduct a public hearing on June 4, 2013 at Northside High School, 6758 Northside High School Rd., Roanoke, VA 24019 to give the public a chance for comment on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s six-year Improvement Program, including highway, rail and public transportation initiatives. The working draft six-year program is online at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/syp-default.asp.
- The Week of May 12-18, 2013 is Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Week in Virginia. There have been 487 law enforcement heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our Commonwealth including three line-of-duty deaths in 2012 and an additional two to date in 2013. Join with me as I acknowledge the dedication of and pay tribute to the officers who have fallen in the line of duty.
- Revenues in Virginia grew 3.8 percent through April. Virginia’s fiscally responsible management is making a positive impact on our economic recovery yet more than 225,000 Virginians are unemployed and the sequester is threatening up to 200,000 additional jobs. For those of you who are into numbers, I have included the link to the April revenue numbers: http://www.finance.virginia.gov/KeyDocuments/RevenueReports/FY2012-2013/2013ReportsList.cfm
- Virginia’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5.2%. That’s the lowest unemployment rate in Virginia in 4 ½ years!
- This weekend Republicans gathered in Richmond and nominated candidates for Ken Cuccinelli for Governor, E. W. Jackson for Lieutenant Governor and Mark Obenshain for Attorney General.
CONTACT: I am back in my district office in Halifax and you can contact me by email at
or give me a call at 434/476-077. You may also reach me through my website, www.friendsofjamesedmunds.com. I encourage you to express your concerns at anytime.
I look forward to hearing from you.