On Monday, Virginians observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Although many businesses closed for the holiday, the legislature remained in session. This provided an excellent opportunity for constituents to visit their legislators in Richmond and to see the General Assembly in action. I'm always happily surprised by the number of people who choose to travel to the Capitol rather than stay home and enjoy a day off of work. Citizen engagement is essential to our democratic republic, and Monday was a great day to witness civic involvement. Thank you to all who visited!
There are varying perspectives on the benefits or ill-effects of casino gambling. Some argue that the economic benefits are a net positive. Others cite studies noting adverse effects on both the economy and society. To read a scholarly analysis published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, click HERE.
Yet again, this is not a partisan issue. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have made arguments for and against the establishment of casino gambling. While I personally harbor concerns about the societal impacts, I believe that ALL Virginians need to carefully consider the issue and have a voice in the decision. For that reason, I am carrying House Joint Resolution 658. This bill provides that no legislation authorizing gaming shall become law UNLESS it first submitted to the voters at an election (as a referendum on the November ballot) and a majority of voters favors the authorization of gaming expansion. I hope you'll take a moment to read this bill (it is brief). More importantly, I ask you to make your perspective known to your representatives in the General Assembly.
2019 legislative survey
A number of you have already completed my survey online, and others have returned a hard copy by mail. If you've not already done so, please take my 2019 legislative survey by CLICKING HERE. We are not yet halfway through session, and it still extremely important for you to share your perspective!
This week in Richmond
Visitors this week included representatives from the following organizations:
Americans for Prosperity
Boys & Girls Clubs
Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
Convention of States Caucus
Fraternal Order of Police
James Madison University
LEAD Historic Triangle
Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA
Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Williamsburg Hotel & Motel Association
As always, please stop by my office if you are in Richmond. If you are unable to visit, please feel free to contact me via email at DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov or by phone at 804-698-1096.
Have a great day!
Delegate Brenda Pogge
Paid for and Authorized by Brenda Pogge for Delegate