Blog - Glen Sturtevant

In Honor and Remembrance of 9/11

Dear Friends --

I am writing today in honor and remembrance of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and the brave and courageous Americans who sacrificed in service to our country.

On this 17th anniversary, we remember and give thanks for all those who served, the fire fighters, police, and EMTs that rushed into harm's way, the passengers who gave their lives on Flight 93, those who worked tirelessly to help the victims and their families, and those in our community who rose up to support all those in need following the attacks.

In the aftermath, we found unity in each other. The American spirit and resolve shone brightly. We came together as a country, stronger and more resilient than ever, in a bond as neighbors, friends, family - as Americans.

Let us never forget the unity, the spirit of service and sacrifice, and the impact of simple kindness that spread throughout America following 9/11.  Let’s continue to renew our efforts as fellow Americans to find and focus on those important things that bring us together and unify us.

Today, as we are all going about our day - preparing for Hurricane Florence's landfall, picking up our kids from school, getting tasks completed at work - I hope that we will all take a few minutes to remember the great loss of 9/11, the great sacrifice, and the great response.

Sincerely,

Glen

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Session Week 7 - Virginia Senate Update

Message from Glen

Dear Friends,

This week and the next few to come focus on the Commonwealth’s 2018–2020 Biennial Budget. On Thursday, the Senate passed our budget proposal, which makes investments in the core functions of government like K-12 education, pro-growth economic policies, transportation infrastructure, and public safety.

The Senate’s budget is fiscally responsible.  It does not raise taxes and does not expand the Medicaid entitlement program under Obamacare.

The House of Delegates’ proposed budget includes Medicaid Expansion and creates a new Healthcare Tax to help pay for it. 

Our current Medicaid spending is growing at an unsustainable rate and continues to crowd out other core functions of government.  As state government spends more and more on Medicaid, there are fewer and fewer dollars to invest in education, ensure roads get paved, and keep our communities safe—functions of government that are vitally important to all Virginians. 

The House’s plan will only make these budgeting challenges worse—and it’s premised on the assumption that the federal government will continue to fund a program that it has already said it plans to defund. In fact, several proposals have been made to significantly reduce the federal government’s contribution to the current Medicaid program in addition to the possible reduction or elimination of federal cost sharing for Expansion.   

Affordable private health insurance coverage continues to be at the forefront of my legislative work. My bill to make all Virginians eligible to purchase more affordable, low cost healthcare plans passed with bipartisan support in the Senate and will be considered by the House of Delegates next week. This bill will create a new health insurance coverage option for low and middle class Virginians and their families by providing essential health benefits with lower monthly premiums.

Currently, federal law makes these lower cost plans available only to those under 30 years old. My bill unwinds this burdensome federal regulation to make these more affordable health insurance plans available to all Virginians. For example, the average monthly premium for a 21 year old who has this plan is just $167 per month.

I am also co-sponsoring and supporting legislation that increases insurance choices for individuals and small businesses, expands lower-cost healthcare coverage options in the individual market, and increases the number of waivers for intellectually and developmentally disabled Virginians. These are commonsense solutions focused on lowering the cost of monthly premiums and reducing the cost of healthcare.

The House Budget is substantially different than the Senate’s and we will work hard over the next two weeks to reconcile differences and come to a final budget proposal that does not raise taxes on Virginians and that does not expand Obamacare in Virginia.

We have only two weeks left before adjournment on March 10, and if you’d like to make a trip to the Capitol during this time, our office would be happy to help arrange your visit.  Please keep in touch on matters of importance to you and our community by emailing me at district10@senate.virginia.gov.

Sincerely,
Glen


Recent Events

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Students from James River High School joined us this morning in the Senate Chamber!

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I enjoyed meeting with representatives and students from the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics again this year!

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Working with constituent Dave Edmunds, my bill to protect seniors from loss of retirement security through pension de-risking passed in the House Commerce and Labor subcommittee.

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Career and Technical Students from Thomas Jefferson High visited the Capitol to learn more about state government and watch the Senate’s floor Session!

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I appreciated the opportunity to meet with the American Cancer Society this week.

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Michelle Cottrell-Williams was recognized by the Virginia Senate this week for earning the incredible honor of 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year. As the husband of a school teacher, I greatly appreciate Michelle’s dedication to her students.


In the News

“Former city school board members pitch paid apprenticeships, tax credits in bipartisan bill” – WRIC – ABC 8, 2-22-18

“Editorial: Some good ideas for health care” – Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-22-18

"Virginia Seeks to Expand Mental Health Services" –WCVE PBS, 2-16-18

“Here's where key legislation stands at the session's midpoint” – Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-14-18

"Virginia Senate unanimously approves Richmond school facilities bill" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-12-18

"Senate approves bill to give Richmond businesses tax credits for employing city students" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-5-18

"Richmond Public Schools Referendum Advances to Senate Floor" - WCVE PBS, 2-7-18

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Session Week 6 - Virginia Senate Update

Message from Glen

Dear Friends,

We’ve had an exciting week at the General Assembly! After Crossover on Tuesday, the Senate has begun to consider bills introduced by members of the House of Delegates. We are preparing for a busy week ahead as well, beginning with the Senate Budget proposal being published on Sunday evening.

It was a great privilege to have the family of State Police Lieutenant Jay Cullen with us this week to celebrate his life, incredible service, and to honor his sacrifice for the Commonwealth.

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I am proud to report that several of my bills are now being considered by the House of Delegates after receiving widespread support. Focusing on making public education better for all students, increasing college affordability for Virginia students and families, and creating an innovative program to match students with employers in high demand fields for paid apprenticeships, this Session has been very successful so far.

I am also working to make government more accountable and transparent, and my bills to require the posting of government check registers online and to require all elected legislators to receive sexual harassment training passed the Senate and are awaiting hearings in House committees.

After many committee meetings, Senator Stanley and I were also able to gain enough support to pass our bill to prohibit taxpayer funds from being used for maximum pain experiments on companion animals. You can read more on this topic regarding abusive and unnecessary research practices by clicking here.

Affordable and quality healthcare continues to be a top priority. We are advancing commonsense solutions focused on lowering the cost of health premiums and reducing the cost of healthcare. With affordability a top priority, we approved several bills that will increase insurance choices for small businesses and their employees, expand lower-cost healthcare coverage options in the individual market, and increase the number of waivers for intellectually and developmentally disabled Virginians. 

As part of the healthcare reform package, I introduced legislation to make all Virginians eligible to purchase more affordable, low cost catastrophic healthcare plans. Currently, these lower cost plans are only available to those under 30 or who qualify for a hardship waiver from the federal government. According to the Bureau of Insurance, the average premium for a 21 year old for this plan is just $167 and includes coverage of essential health benefits and preventative care. In many cases, this is a policy that folks can actually afford while still providing general care and security in the event of a medical emergency.

As always, we greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with constituents and hope that you will consider visiting the Capitol during Session. I encourage you to keep in touch on matters of importance to you and our shared community by emailing me district10@senate.virginia.gov or calling 804-698-7510.

Sincerely,
Glen


Recent Events

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Saint Gertrude High School students visited the Capitol to meet with Richmond area legislators with their teachers Amy Pickral and Jenny Watkins.

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Thea Ramirez of Adoption-Share joined us to discuss the Family Match Program. We worked together on a budget amendment this year to create a partnership with the Department of Social Services to use innovative technologies for better adoption outcomes.

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I had a great discussion with Dominion Energy Virginia employees from our community about increasing energy efficiency and reliability.

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Constituents from the Virginia Association of Health Underwriters stopped by to discuss issues impacting healthcare and better choices for insurance coverage for our community.

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I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with physicians from the Richmond Academy of Medicine.

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It was an honor to be named Legislator of the Year by the American Council of Engineering Companies at their 50th year celebration. Congrats to all this year's outstanding winners!


In the News

"Virginia Seeks to Expand Mental Health Services" –WCVE PBS, 2-16-18

“Here's where key legislation stands at the session's midpoint” – Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-14-18

"Virginia Senate unanimously approves Richmond school facilities bill" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-12-18

"Senate approves bill to give Richmond businesses tax credits for employing city students" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-5-18

"Richmond Public Schools Referendum Advances to Senate Floor" - WCVE PBS, 2-7-18

"Richmond lawmakers submit bills to help high school students, businesses" - Richmond Free Press, 2-1-18           

“Businesses may get tax credits to train high school students” – Virginia Business, 1-23-18                 

“Virginia Lawmaker Calls for Crypto Impact Study” – Coindesk, 1-23-18     


Free Financial Aid Services for Students and Families

Students in Chesterfield, Powhatan, and Richmond can receive free professional advising on how to pay for college, technical training, or other education after high school.  College affordability continues to be one of my top priorities, and I hope that you will take advantage of GRASP Advisory Services to help plan and budget for post-high school studies.

GRASP services help ensure that any student who wishes to pursue college or technical education after high school can do so regardless of financial circumstances. Students can arrange for a private, one-on-one session with a GRASP Advisor through their high school counseling office, and their parents are encouraged to attend.

GRASP Advisors help students prepare and submit the FAFSA (the required application to be awarded financial aid), compare financial aid offer letters, apply for scholarships, and fulfill admission requirements.  “She really kept me posted and on track with what I needed to turn in and when, as well as helped me do my FAFSA start to finish,” one Chesterfield County student recently remarked about their advisor, “She also printed out and handed me scholarship information that I would not have known about otherwise.”

Last school year, 2,592 students from 24 high schools in Chesterfield, Powhatan, and Richmond benefitted from GRASP’s individual financial aid advising.  GRASP also awarded $107,250 in direct scholarships to students from these schools.

To learn more about these services or find an upcoming financial aid event in your area, visit the GRASP website at www.grasp4va.org or contact info@grasp4va.org.

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Virginia Senate Update - December 2017

Message from Glen

Dear Friends,

As 2017 comes to an end, Lori and I would like to wish you a very happy New Year, filled with love, prosperity, and good health.

I would like to sincerely thank you for your support and friendship this year. I appreciate the opportunity and honor to continue to represent you in the Virginia Senate.

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The 2018 General Assembly Session will begin on Wednesday, January 10. Our office has been hard at work preparing for the New Year and are in the process of finalizing the legislation I will introduce. As always, I am focused on growing our economy, supporting and strengthening our public schools, ensuring our top notch public colleges and universities remain affordable for Virginia families, and improving government accountability and transparency.

To stay up to date with the bills I am sponsoring in the 2018 Legislative Session, please click here. If you would like to share any ideas or advocate on behalf of an issue important to you, please do not hesitate to reach out by calling my office at 804-698-7510 or emailing me at district10@senate.virginia.gov.

2018 will be our first session in our temporary offices at the Pocahontas Building. We are excited to see our constituents and friends at the new location. If you plan to visit the Capitol or my office during the 2018 Session, we are happy to help you coordinate and plan your visit.

With heartfelt gratitude and excitement for the year to come, I look forward to a great 2018!

Sincerely,

Glen Sturtevant


2018 Legislative Survey

We want to hear from you! In preparation for the upcoming General Assembly Session, my office has published our annual Legislative Survey to help us better understand your preferences and views on many important issues likely to arise. We greatly appreciate your thoughtful consideration of the questions and look forward to reading your responses.

Click here to participate.

In order for your responses to be recorded, please provide your full name and home address. All of your responses will remain anonymous and we will never share your answers or any identifying information. This step is solely to ensure that respondents are residents of the 10th Senate District.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to participate in our survey. My office is happy to provide paper surveys to anyone unable to participate in the survey online. If you have any questions or would like to request a survey by mail, please contact my Legislative Aide, Nikki, at 804-698-7510. 


Recent Events

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The Military Officers Association of American and the Joint Leadership Council met with local legislators to discuss the issues most important to Veterans in Virginia.

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The Chesterfield Delegation had a great legislative meeting with the Board of Supervisors and the School Board to prepare for the 2018 Session.

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I was honored to receive the 2017 Friend of Nursing Award from the Virginia Nurses Association with Delegate Roxann Robinson for our work on increasing hospital safety for nurses and strengthening penalties for assaulting health care professionals.

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We had a fantastic morning at Elizabeth Redd Elementary School in Richmond with Vision to Learn and Conexus to celebrate our efforts to ensure every child can see clearly at school.

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Delegate Jeff Bourne and I had a great conversation with the folks at Muster discussing grassroots advocacy and the importance of bipartisan partnership for good policy.

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I enjoyed catching up with the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau and the Virginia Farm Bureau.

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We had an early morning meeting with the Midlothian Business Alliance chatting about our priorities in the upcoming General Assembly Session.

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It was an honor to pay tribute to all of our veterans at the Chesterfield County Historical Courthouse on Veterans’ Day. Thank you to all who served and sacrificed for our great country.

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The Free Clinic of Powhatan does incredible work in service of those in need. Thank you to Connie Moslow and her team for spending the morning with me discussing the services they provide and the volunteer work that makes it all possible.

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I had a great meeting with the Maymont Foundation.

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During the interim between sessions, I serve on several commissions, including the Joint Commission on Health Care, the Unemployment Commission, the Child Support Guidelines Review Panel, and the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program. We are wrapping up our work before the 2018 Session.


In the News

“Virginia state senators file bill to prohibit painful tests on dogs and cats” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12-13-17

“Virginia lawmaker aims to ensure dual-enrollment credits count for college” - The Washington Post, 12-14-17

“Editorial: Yes to more animal-welfare legislation at the General Assembly” - The Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12-19-17

“Richmond state senator steps forward to help carry schools initiative through General Assembly” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11-15-17

“Sturtevant and Goldman column: Richmond's students need you! Bipartisan Nov. 7 mandate will change their lives” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-23-17

“Editorial: Report raises troubling questions about dual enrollment programs” - The Roanoke Times, 10-16-17

“Veterans group calls for an end to deadly dog experiments” - WRIC, 10-20-17


Contact Us

Office Address:
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main Street, Room 513
Richmond, Virginia 23218

Mailing Address During Session:
Senate of Virginia
Attention: Senator Glen Sturtevant
P.O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: (804) 698-7510
Email: district10@senate.virginia.gov

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Legislative Survey - 2018 General Assembly Session

2018 Legislative Survey

We want to hear from you! In preparation for the upcoming General Assembly Session, my office has published our annual Legislative Survey to help us better understand your preferences and views on many important issues likely to arise. We greatly appreciate your thoughtful consideration of the questions and look forward to reading your responses.

Click here to participate.

In order for your responses to be recorded, please provide your full name and home address. All of your responses will remain anonymous and we will never share your answers or any identifying information. This step is solely to ensure that respondents are residents of the 10th Senate District.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to participate in our survey. My office is happy to provide paper surveys to anyone unable to participate in the survey online. If you have any questions or would like to request a survey by mail, please contact my Legislative Aide, Nikki, at 804-698-7510. 

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