96th District, Virginia House of Delegates                                           January  19, 2018

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Pocahontas Building
Room E403
900 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-698-1096
Fax: 804-786-6310
DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov
   
Legislative Aide
Amanda Batten
Amanda@brendapogge.com
Despite this week's wintry weather, the General Assembly continued its work in Richmond. Bills are being assigned to committees and subcommittees, and the pace is accelerating. As I mentioned last week, I serve on three committees this year. Additionally, I chair Subcommittee #2 of the House Education Committee and Subcommittee #3 of the House Finance Committee. Although the workload is heavy, I'm excited about the challenge and looking forward to the upcoming weeks.
Governor Northam
When Speaker of the House Kirk Cox was sworn in last week, he delivered an inspiring speech on bipartisanship. And, as I shared in last week's newsletter, House Republicans are seeking opportunities to tackle a number of commonsense issues prioritized by Virginians. Unfortunately, our newly elected Governor Ralph Northam struck a very partisan tone is both his Inaugural Address and his first Address to the Joint Assembly. He made a special point to discuss implementing carbon caps and limiting the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens. I do not believe those are top priorities, and I believe the governor missed an opportunity to embrace the theme of cooperation that the House is attempting to establish.

Rather than engaging in controversial partisan issues promoted by the Democrats, we must remain focused on jobs and education--the priorities expressed by hard working Virginians. House Republicans identified eighteen issues we wish Governor Northam would have highlighted. If you'd like to read our priorities and compare them to Northam's extreme liberal agenda, click HERE.
Transparency update
Editorial boards throughout Virginia lauded House Republicans' organizational and transparency efforts. Following are links to a few articles of interest.

Lynchburg News-Advance (01/13/18)
"Republican leaders of the House of Delegates announced that, beginning with the current Assembly session, all subcommittee votes will be recorded, revealing to the public how each member voted."
 
Free Lance Star (01/11/18)
"KUDOS TO Virginia's General Assembly for making the public's business a little more transparent. Starting this past Wednesday, committee hearings will now be streamed live and archived, something that open-government proponents have been seeking for years."
 
Richmond Times-Dispatch (01/12/18)
"There's good news from Capitol Square. In a bipartisan move that enhances transparency and makes it easier for citizens to watch their government at work, the General Assembly will livestream House and Senate committee hearings."
2018 legislative survey
My 2018 legislative survey remains available online! So that I can best take into account your feedback, please complete the survey at your earliest convenience. Click HERE to take the survey. Results will be provided during the upcoming weeks. 
HB679: Holding credit agencies accountable
Many Virginians were affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach. To this end, my colleagues introduced legislation prohibiting credit reporting agencies from charging a fee to place a security freeze on the consumer's credit report. Additionally, I introduced House Bill 679 requiring credit agencies to promptly notify consumers of a data breach. The law currently states that "notice shall be made without unreasonable delay." My bill specifies a 30-day notification period. The bill was heard in committee and laid on the table earlier this week, but I am hopeful that it can be revisited again within the upcoming weeks. I believe this is a commonsense measure to protect consumer data and privacy.
Visitors welcome!
Although Monday's holiday brought crowds to the Capitol, the snowy mid-week weather later kept folks from visiting. Nevertheless, we enjoyed visits from groups such as:
  • College of William & Mary

  • League of Women Voters of the Williamsburg Area

  • Local registrars

  • National Federation of the Blind

  • Virginia Citizens Defense League

  • Virginia Interfaith Center

  • Young Democrats

 

If you are unable to visit, you may reach me via email at DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov or by phone at 804-698-1096. 


Enjoy the warm weather this weekend!
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Delegate Brenda Pogge

 


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