It is the end of the fifth week of the 2022 Virginia General Assembly Session and our days on the floor have grown longer. This newsletter has updates and news on the Commonwealth and the 93rd district. Keep reading to hear about what happened this week in General Assembly, local announcements, and more!
The Fifth Week of Session in Review
Legislation has continued to move forward through subcommittees and legislation is being voted on the house floor. Subcommittee meetings end this week and crossover -when the Senate bills move to the House of Delegates- begins next week.
Commending CNU President Paul Trible Jr.
On Thursday I gave a center aisle speech commemorating the retirement of Christopher Newport University’s longest-serving president Paul Tribble. Paul has served as the president of CNU since 1996 and was responsible for driving attendance to the university, increasing funds available for scholarships, and increasing the academic reputation of the institution. Paul’s history of service to the Commonwealth also includes time as a Congressman and Senator from Virginia. For these reasons, the General Assembly presented President Trible with a Commending Resolution for his service!
This week we had a number of bills finish their journey in subcommittee, full committee, and for some votes on the floor:
- HB 496 our bill to change the term “incapacitated adult” to “vulnerable adult” for the purposes of the crime of abuse and neglect of such adults reported out of full committee with substitute unanimously (18-Y 0-N)
- HB 497 PASSED (in the House) bill that creates a penalty for the misuse of power of attorney; financial exploitation of incapacitated adults was reported out of full committee with substitute unanimously (20-Y 0-N)
- Went through 1st, 2nd, and 3rd reading and passed in uncontested block (99-Y 0-N)
- HB 502 PASSED (in the House) our bill to give credit for time spent in confinement while awaiting trial was reported to the full committee with amendments unanimously (8-Y 0-N)
- Went through 1st, 2nd, and 3rd reading and passed uncontested block (99-Y 0-N)
- HB 503 our bill to extend the provision of bail was assigned to Courts Sub #1 and was left in committee
- HB 508 our bill to preserve and honor the history of Green book passed unanimously out of Agriculture, Chesapeake & Natural Resources Sub. and Full Committee.
- It was then assigned to Appropriations there is was tabled (18-Y 2-N) but with direction to the Department of Historic Resources to develop a program to identify, publicize, and educate the public
- HB 1182 was not heard in Courts of Justice so it was left in committee
- HJR 179 Commending Paul Trible Jr, passed both the House and the Senate and was presented on Thursday, February 10th, 2022!
As things wrap up in the house and legislation swaps chambers we are eager to hear your opinions and have your support on any bill you care about!
See a full list of our bills HERE
Black History Month – Green Book Floor Speech
February is Black History Month, a time to reflect on our nation’s history. To support and memorialize that history, I sponsored HB 508 to encourage the state to help preserve and honor the history of Green book businesses during segregation. The Green Book by Victor Hugo Green featured hotels, restaurants, service stations, and other places where African-Americans could count on being served. A popular location that you may know of is Pearly’s Grill in downtown Newport News, which many candidates for Governor, President, and mayor have gone back to again and again. In Virginia, there are approximately 315 sites listed in 56 Virginia towns/cities between 1938 and 1967. Today, only one-third of Green Books sites in Virginia remain standing. The other locations have been demolished or their status remains unknown. I want to help do my part to preserve this history.
Fill out this form and voice your support for teaching the history of Virginia’s Green Book.
Mentions in the Press
Daily Press article on February 10th Center Aisle and Commending President Trible for his service to CNU and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
CNU Newsroom Virginia House and Senate present joint resolution recognizing Trible’s legacy and career.
William & Mary Charter Day
This week Virginia’s oldest college celebrated its 329th birthday! As a Williamsburg resident, this is a major event for all of us in town. I attended the ceremonies to honor those alumni who have supported the mission of the College of William & Mary. Honorary degrees were conferred on Glenn A. Youngkin Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott U.S. House of Representatives Howard J. Busbee ’65, J.D. ’67, M.L.T. ’68, P ’90, P ’04 Clinical Professor Emeritus, Mason School of Business.
That’s all for this newsletter, thanks for reading! Keep connected with our office by calling (757) 525-9526, emailing DelMMullin@house.virginia.gov, or @mikemullin4va on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If my office can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us!