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60th District Digest Feb. 5, 2016

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- Last week was a great victory for responsible gun owners! I am very excited that the Governor took this common sense solution. Also, The House of Delegates passed a bill Wednesday that would grant concealed carry rights to any person who takes out a protective order and is able to legally possess a gun. This is a bill I co-patroned and I am looking forward to seeing it be approved by the Senate.

- This week the House of Delegates passed a "Right to Work" Constitutional Amendment. This amendment is designed to protect hard working Virginians from forced unionization and eliminates membership as a condition of employment. Passage of this bill will further uphold Virginia's reputation as a business friendly state!

- Also this week, the Virginia GOP abandoned their plan for loyalty oath in the upcoming primary. T Last Saturday, the party's State Central Committee voted unanimously to rescind the statement of affiliation that would have required participants in the GOP primary to sign a pledge identifying themselves as Republicans. I heard from many people in our district who criticized the oath, saying it would turn away independent and first-time voters.

Of interest to the community:
The Office of the State Inspector General's Office released a statement about the State Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline. In order to encourage effective and efficient government practices and wise use of taxpayer dollars in Virginia, we want executive branch agencies, state employees and citizens to have the opportunity to anonymously report suspected instances of fraud, waste and/or abuse of state resources through the Office of the State Inspector General's State Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline - (800)723-1615.

- More on some of the bills I am cosponsoring this session:
House Bill 562, This bill would require all Massage Therapists to be licensed by the State of Virginia. It is aimed to help mitigate the issue of Human Trafficking through Virginia. It has been proven that many "fly-by-night" massage parlors use victims of human trafficking for prostitution.

House Bill 825, This bill will establish a pilot program in which military medical personnel may practice and perform certain delegated acts that constitute the practice of medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician or podiatrist. The bill requires the Department of Veterans Services to establish general requirements for participating in the program. I believe that military medics should be able to continue to work in their fields.

House Bill 259, This bill will prohibit the Board of Education from replacing the educational objectives known as the Standards of Learning with Common Core State Standards without the prior statutory approval of the General Assembly but permits the Board to continue or create an educational standard or assessment that coincidentally is included in the standards referred to as the Common Core State Standards.

-I had the pleasure of talking to several "home folks" again this week. I was glad to meet the group of teachers from Halifax County, pictured below. Also, a group of students from Hampden Sydney College came to discuss the need for TAG grants. Rosalyde Robertson and Betty Mele, both from Halifax County, representing United Methodist Church came by, and Russell Thurston, Town Manager of Brookneal, also visited. It's a great experience for anyone to come here while we are in session to actually see how this Commonwealth's business is conducted. I encourage you to visit.