News from the 93rd: 2nd Week of the 2023 Session

This is the second week of the 2023 Virginia General Assembly and our work is beginning to pick up. This newsletter contains updates and news on the Commonwealth and the 93rd district. Keep reading to learn more about what happened in Richmond this week, my legislative priorities, and more!

The 2nd Week of Session in Review

This week started with solemn remembrances of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Many members of the Virginia General Assembly took this time to speak about how their lives were impacted by Dr. King.

Also on Monday, Delegate Roem and I gathered with some of our House colleagues to present our plan for providing free breakfast and lunch for all Virginia public school students.

Link to HB 1967

Link to Budget Amendment

Coverage of the press conference

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Legislation aims to provide free school meals for all VA students

13NewsNow: Free school meal legislation heads to General Assembly

Virginian Pilot – Virginia schools would provide free meals for all students under bill sponsored by 3 Hampton Roads lawmakers

On Thursday we were grateful to select a clergy from our district to lead us in the invocation at the beginning of the House session. Reverend Lisa Green from St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, Virginia delivered a heartwarming invocation.

Team Mullin’s 2023 Legislative Priorities

Three of our bills have been referred to the Committee on Courts of Justice:

HB 1959 enables courts to go to a final determination on competency when an initial evaluator has determined the defendant to be unrestorably incompetent

HB 1960 Repeals mandatory minimums for many nonviolent and drug-related offenses

HB 1961 Family abuse protective orders; relief available, password to electronic device. 

Four bills have been referred to other committees:

HB 1966 Workers’ compensation; failure to timely pay compensation.

-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Energy

HB 1967 requires school-provided breakfasts and lunches for all public school students

-referred to the Committee on Education

HB 1965 Virginia FIOA; required release of law-enforcement disciplinary records

-referred to the Committee on General Laws

One bill is awaiting referral:

HB 1964 City of Newport News, charter amendment, alters certain advertising requirements.

One bill has made it through the committee process:

HB 1968 an agency bill to designate Green Book historic sites with markers. 

-reported unanimously from the Committee on Agriculture Chesapeake & Natural Resources

HB 1962 City of Newport News charter amendment, on real estate assessment. 

-reported unanimously from the Committee on Cities Counties and Towns

Budget Amendments

This week member request to amend the state budget became available to view HERE. All of our asks will help to ensure that our district receives funding for important projects:

136#67h– Security Renovations in Newport News

This amendment provides $8.0 million from the general fund to support security and modernization renovations at Richneck ($1.5 Million) and Dutrow ($5.5 Million) Elementary Schools in Newport News with Open Classroom layouts. This was a popular design for schools in the early 1970s but does not meet modern security needs. Four second-grade classrooms at Richneck were designed for an open format. This amendment will add doors to the main hallway leading to the classrooms which will have the capability to be locked.

386#12h– Preservation of Archaeological Evidence Near James Fort

This amendment provides $500,000 from the general fund in fiscal year 2024 to assist in the preservation of archaeological evidence at Jamestown Settlement, due to the ongoing threat of tidal flooding, sea level rise, and inundation in the area. The funding would assist Preservation Virginia and Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation to conduct research, catalogue features and artifacts, and care for recovered artifacts.

126#6h– Historic Study of the Green Book in Virginia

This amendment provides $97,000 in fiscal year 2024 from the general fund for the Virginia Tourism Authority and Department of Historic Resources to conduct a historic study describing Green Book sites in Virginia. The information gathered will accelerate and simplify the listing of these properties on the Virginia Landmarks Register, making them eligible for potential sources of funding, highway markers, and increase public education about the Green Book and Black History in Virginia.

Highlights From the Week

Meeting with Peninsula teachers and members from the Virginia Education Association
Discussed housing affordability with members of the New Virginia Majority
On Tuesday, Rebecca and baby Peter stopped by the capital to say “Hi!” On Thursday, Daniel came to Richmond to spend the day following the legislative process!
Constituents from the Alzheimers Association advocated for dementia-specific training for police academy recruits
Visiting with moms and family support specialists from Newport News Healthy Families
VEDA visit with Florence Kingston, Newport News Director of Development
Thursday was Local Government Day! We met with the Vice Mayor and Assistant City Manger from Williamsburg and James City County‘s Sheriff, Supervisor, and Attorney
Meeting with Bayport Credit Union from Newport News for Virginia Credit Union Day

In the News:

Peninsula Chronicle: Newport News/ Williamsburg Airport Announces Partnership With William & Mary

13NewsNow: Virginia advocates, lawmakers push for gun violence prevention following Richneck school shooting

W&M News: Williamsburg Bray School, moves from W&M to Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area February 10th

WYDaily: Virginia Receives Federal Funding for Rail Projects, Including Newport News Transportation Center

Newport News Gov: U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $640,994 to Grow Seafood Industrial Park in Newport News

DHCD News: 2023 Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot Program Awarded Projects

13NewsNow: Virginia lawmaker seeks funding for security renovations at Richneck Elementary School

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Be well,