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I hope you are staying safe and healthy! We made some terrific progress for our Commonwealth during this first week of February. 71% of my bills have passed the House and will be sent to the Senate! I was thrilled to see that all of my bills earned overwhelming bipartisan support. The House also met its crossover deadline on Friday afternoon. This deadline required for the House to complete all its legislation that needs to be sent over to the Senate for their action on it, and vice versa.


Virginia has consistently been a leader throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and our vaccination process is no exception. As we surpass 1,000,000 doses administered, I want to thank to Governor Ralph Northam, Dr. Norman Oliver, and  Dr. Danny Avula for their continued leadership throughout the pandemic.


Delegate Hala Ayala announced today that 5 of her bills to help working families and small businesses passed out of the House of Delegates and will now be considered by the Senate. Ayala’s bills will support the Commonwealth’s workers, women, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic and will move Virginia forward to a strong future as we recover from this crisis.


“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.