96th District, Virginia House of Delegates                                        February 15 , 2019

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Richmond Office 
Pocahontas Building
Room E306
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
With only eight days remaining until adjournment sine die, the General Assembly continues making steady progress hearing, debating, and passing legislation. By the end of today, 146 bills will have been sent to the Governor for his review and signature. Other bills have been passed and are awaiting the signatures of the presiding officers of each body (Lieutenant Governor for the Senate and Speaker for the House) before being communicated to the Governor. As the session draws to a close, many committees--including the three on which I serve--have completed their work and are no longer meeting. With relatively few bills remaining, there are also fewer visitors and interest groups here in the Capitol. I am honored to serve you in the House of Delegates, and I look forward to completing my work in Richmond and returning home to the district.
How bills die
During a regular session, less than half of all introduced bills will pass and be enacted into law. In 2018, the percentage of successful bills was closer to 30%. During my years in the House, I've learned that there are a lot of different ways to kill a bill. Most bills die in subcommittee, and the terminology can be confusing. Here's an overview:
  • Strike: a bill is typically stricken at the request of the bill's patron. Striking a bill removes the legislation from the committee docket and kills the bill. A patron will often strike a bill if they find problems with the legislation or if they learn that an identical bill was introduced by another legislator.
  • Pass by indefinitely: if a committee votes for the motion to "pass by indefinitely," they reserve the ability to hear the bill at a future meeting. In nearly every case, though, the bill is never heard again and is dead.
  • Lay on the table: if the majority of committee members vote for a motion to "lay the bill on the table," the bill dies.
  • No action taken (left in committee): this means that the committee failed to take action on the bill before the deadline and the bill can no longer be heard.
  • Fail to report: in this case, a motion was made to report (pass) the bill, but a majority of committee members voted no. The bill is defeated.
Every legislator in Richmond has introduced bills that met their fate in one of these fashions. With the exception of bills that are left in committee without ever receiving a hearing or vote, all of the above actions require a recorded vote of committee members. This ensures transparency and allows Virginians to determine where their representative stands on the issues.
Cooperative preschool regulations

If you are a constituent who has communicated with my office by email, you've likely received a response including a note asking you contact me with your concerns about state-related matters or agencies. As a result, throughout the year I receive numerous requests for "fixes" to the Code of Virginia. 

 

One of these requests was the genesis of my House Bill 2258. This legislation exempts cooperative preschools from onerous regulations that were imposed by the Department of Social Services (DSS). Cooperative preschools are a unique model wherein parents are directly involved in the school as teachers and volunteers. Not only does this model allow parents to participate in their child's education, but it also reduces overhead costs and keeps tuition affordable.

 

The new regulations would dramatically increase training requirements for parents who participate in their child's cooperative preschool. Cooperative preschools currently have exemplary safety records, and these additional regulations are unnecessary. Burdensome training requirements would limit parental participation, thereby reducing their involvement in the school and increasing overall costs. 

 

House Bill 2258 was a bipartisan initiative that garnered patrons from both parties. The legislation received unanimous support in the House, and it is set to also pass the Senate unanimously. The WYDaily covered this issue extensively, and another excellent article is available online HERE.

2019 legislative survey
Survey results are now available! Thanks to the nearly 850 people who completed all or part of my survey. Results may be viewed online HERE.
This week in Richmond
On Monday I was honored to introduce my pastor, Rafael Santiago of CrossWalk Church, after he led the invocation for the House. Other visitors this week included representatives from the following organizations:
  • League of Women Voters: Williamsburg Area
  • Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Williamsburg REALTORS┬«
There's still one week to see the General Assembly in action! If you are unable to visit, please feel do not hesitate to contact me via email at DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov or by phone at 804-698-1096. 

Have a great weekend!
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Delegate Brenda Pogge

Paid for and Authorized by Brenda Pogge for Delegate