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“It is my hope that this month we can have an open and honest dialogue where we need to go as a nation to heal our scars and create a more just and equitable society.” 


We’re all hard at work here to pass legislation to support our working families throughout the COVID pandemic.  Next Friday, February 5th, is designated as this year’s Crossover. This deadline means the House must complete all its legislation that needs to be sent over to the Senate for their action on it, and vice versa.


Delegate Hala Ayala spoke on the House floor yesterday honoring the one year anniversary of the historic vote in the General Assembly making Virginia the 28th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Delegate Hala Ayala was the Chief Co-patron on the bill and spearheaded the effort with women’s activists across the state.


My legislative agenda is focused on supporting the Commonwealth’s workers, women, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic and moving Virginia forward to a strong future as we recover from this crisis. As a single mom who was trying to make ends meet working at a gas station when my first child was born, I know the struggles that a lot of our families are facing right now because I’ve lived them. That is why I am focusing this session on passing legislation that will provide much-needed support during the crisis and ensure more families have the economic security they need as we recover.


"I am overjoyed to congratulate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration today. The past four years have tested our country more than we could have ever imagined but we have emerged on the other side and now enter a new era of healing for our nation."


“As a single mom who was trying to make ends meet working at a gas station when my first child was born, I know the struggles that a lot of our families are facing right now because I’ve lived them,” said Ayala. “That is why I am focusing this session on passing legislation that will provide much-needed support during the crisis and ensure more families have the economic security they need as we recover.”