I will be speaking at the Progressive Caucus Press Conference this Wednesday, March 5th at 9:30am. We will be discussing the expansion of Medicaid and what it means for the people of Virginia. New polling data that shows support for expansion in Republican districts, how the expansion frees up money so Virginia can pay for other important services, and announce launch of a website petition to support Medicaid expansion.
All are welcome. Please join us in the House Briefing Room of the General Assembly Wednesday morning to show your support for the expansion of Medicaid.
Saturday April 5, 2014 at 10am -- The McLean Citizens Association Board will be holding an event regarding Richmond Update Delegate Bob Brink and myself.
All are welcome! This is a great opportunity to hear about the legislation that I have been supporting throughout the 2014 General Assembly Session!
Barbara A. Favola
The Democratic Caucus will be holding a press conference this afternoon regarding the passage of Marketplace Virginia and what it means for thousands of individuals throughout the commonwealth.
Virginia Alliance Against Mass Incarceration & Faith Leaders
Moving Forward to host a State Capitol Rally Supporting
Expansion of Medicaid In Virginia.
To voice their very strong support for expansion of Medicaid
in Virginia the leaders of these groups along with a number of
area pastors, other groups, organizations and concerned
Virginians will be joined by members of the Virginia General
Assembly (Delegates Delores McQuinn, Jennifer McClellan,
Jeion Ward with Senators Henry Marsh, Donald McEachin, Barbara Favola &
Mamie Locke) along with a host of other Legislators.
This Thursday, February 20th, the proposed budget amendments will be heard in both the Senate and House respectively. Several of my budget amendments have been approved and included in the Senate Finance Committee.
My proposed budget includes increases in funds for:
Education: A restoration of the full 24.61% cost-of-competing adjustment for school support positions, increase in per pupil amount for the Virginia Preschool Initiative for At-Risk Four-Year-Olds, and provides funding for six to eight teams of high school teachers.
Health and Human Resources: To provide an annual cost-of-living increase to individuals receiving cash assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). An increase in funds to expand services provided by community action agencies including but not limited to child care, community and economic development, education, employment, health and nutrition, housing, and transportation.
Natural Resources: An amendment that would cover Virginia's dues to participate in the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.
Public Safety: Provides funds for one qualified mental health professional for each of the 32 juvenile court services units.
On Friday. February 14th, People of Faith for Equality in Virginia in conjunction with Equality Virginia will be putting on the Witness for LOVE event where lesbian and gay couples and supporters will gather in communities across the Commonwealth. Follow this link to find your local event!
If the courthouse is closed due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed. Please visit their Facebook page for the most up to date announcements at https://www.facebook.com/
Please join me for a press conference this Monday, February the 17th at 10:30Am. We will be discussing Senate Bill 510 which prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm for a duration of 5 years after being convicted of stalking, sexual battery, and/or assault and battery. This piece of legislation is very important to me and I feel that it is necessary to protect women, children, and our communities in the commonwealth.
The Women's Reproductive Health Caucus will be presenting a press conference this Tuesday, February 18th. We will be discussing the defeat of the Marshall Bills and the passage of the ultrasound repeal in the Senate. It will be held in House Room B of the General Assembly Building at 11am. This will be our last press conference of the 2014 session. Please come by to show your support for the women of Virginia.
February 11th will mark crossover, when the bills from both houses crossover to the other for further debate. I am excited to defend many of my bills in the House committees, as they continue their journeys to becoming law.
Update on Richmond: Richmond is now a more balanced and compassionate place. The Democrats took control of the Senate on Tuesday and reorganized following the precedent established by the Republicans in 2012. I now serve on five committees: Education & Health; Privileges and Elections; General Laws and Technology; Rehabilitation and Social Services; and Transportation. Although this is a heavy committee docket, I feel it provides me with more in-depth opportunities to serve the constituents of the 31st Senate District. I will be sending you an update on my bills early next week.
Great Cultural Opportunity: Join Bowen McCauley Dance for An Evening to Love at The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on February 12 and 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets for the evening of your choice. BMD will present four works, including two world premiere pieces: NEW ENSEMBLE WORK and “Far Behind” a heart-wrenching duet that will eventually be a part of the evening long collaboration between BMD and Jason and The Scorchers.