Virginia Senate Update - October 2016 - Glen Sturtevant

Virginia Senate Update - October 2016

Message from Glen

Dear Friends,

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I hope you are having a wonderful fall! Our Senate office has been busy with constituent meetings, community events, and preparation for the 2017 General Assembly Session.

On Saturday, October 15, Team Sturtevant and the rest of the Chesterfield Republican Delegation will be walking in the Midlothian Day Parade. My family and I had such a fun time at the Midlothian Day Parade last year and are looking forward to another exciting Saturday with our friends in Chesterfield. If you are in the Midlothian area on Saturday, I hope you will stop by and say hello!

I am thrilled to invite you to our First Annual Beer, BBQ, and Bouncy Houses fall festival on Saturday, October 22 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery located at 1110 Alverser Dr, Midlothian, VA 23113. Tickets are just $25 and include all you can eat and drink and unlimited fun for the kids in the bouncy houses.

As always, I hope you will keep in touch about any matters that are important to you. I am so thankful for all the constituents who have shared their priorities and positions on legislation and policies. If you have any ideas for legislation, or would like to advocate on behalf of an issue important to you, please contact our office at 804-698-7510 or district10@senate.virginia.gov.


2017 Election Deadlines and Information

I strongly encourage all eligible citizens to register to vote and participate in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 8. The deadline to register to vote for the 2017 Election is Monday, October 17. You can register to vote or make changes to your address online with the Department of Elections’ Citizen Portal. Please visit http://elections.virginia.gov/ for more information or to get started.

If you, or a family member, or friend, is unable to vote in person on Election Day, voters can request an absentee ballot in person until Saturday, November 5 or by mail by Tuesday, November 1. For more information on absentee voting, please visit http://elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/index.html.

The 10th District, which includes Chesterfield, Powhatan and the City of Richmond, will have differing ballots based on locality. Voters in Chesterfield and Powhatan will choose a candidate for President, the House of Representatives, and their preference on two Constitutional Amendment proposals. Residents of Richmond City will also have to choose a candidate for Mayor, City Council, and School Board. To find out what will be on your ballot, please visit http://elections.virginia.gov/voter-outreach/whats-ballot.html.

If you experience any problems registering to vote or requesting an absentee ballot, please contact my office at 698-7510. We are happy to provide any assistance to make sure all those who are eligible to vote are properly registered before the deadline on Monday, October 17.


Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot This Year

The General Assembly has referred two Constitutional Amendments to citizens for their vote this year. For your information, I have included the language and an explanation of both of these amendments below. If you have any questions about these Amendments, please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.

1. Should Article I of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise?

Voters will have an opportunity to decide whether they would like to include a Right to Work Amendment in the Constitution of Virginia to send a strong signal that Virginia is open for business and committed to creating more jobs in our state.

2. Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide an option to the localities to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel who was killed in the line of duty, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?

Over the last six years, Virginia voters have indicated their interest in providing property tax exemptions for veterans, veterans’ spouses, and first responders when the individual is injured or killed in the line of duty. This Amendment will allow localities to extend the personal property tax exemption, should they choose to do so, to surviving spouses of first responders who are killed while serving their community. 


 Senate Page Leadership Program

The Senate of Virginia is accepting applications for the 2017 Senate Page Leadership Program until Monday, October 17. The Senate Page program offers a unique experience for students to witness the General Assembly in action! Participants have unparalleled insight into the legislative process while they learn to be better leaders and more active citizens. Pages must be Virginia residents, between the ages of 13 -14 years old, and be in good academic standing.

Due to the volume of applications, all applicants must complete an online application for admission consideration.  To get more information about the Senate Page program, please click here: http://capclass.virginiageneralassembly.gov/PagePrograms/PagePrograms.html. I am happy to write letters of recommendation for interested students residing in the 10th District. To request a letter of recommendation, please have the applicant or a parent email district10@senate.virginia.gov


In the News

Commonwealth of Virginia

“McAuliffe budget cuts include 26 layoffs, set stage for new bid to expand Medicaid” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-13-16

“Breast cancer more than awareness month” – Richmond Times-Dispatch, Powhatan Today, 10-14-16

“New Virginia panels vow 'laser focus' on creating higher-paying jobs” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-12-16

“At Va. Capitol, evangelist Franklin Graham urges thousands of voters to think about the Supreme Court” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-12-16


Chesterfield

“Chesterfield school officials unveil plans for new Midlothian-area elementary school” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-6-16

“Unique change cuts wait time for Chesterfield residents seeking mental health-related services” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-12-16

“Roughly 100 people attend forum on changing school start times in Chesterfield” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-10-16

“Chesterfield touts $37 million impact from sports tourism” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9-28-16


Powhatan

“New PHS principal settling in” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, Powhatan Today, 10-13-16

“County honors Employee of the Year” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, Powhatan Today, 10-5-16

“Powhatan supervisors, Del. Lee Ware talk realistic goals” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, Powhatan Today, 9-30-16


Richmond

“Five Richmond mayoral candidates to participate in televised debate Monday” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-13-16

“Richmond candidates focus on schools, transportation and river at Mayorathon” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9-29-16

“Blue Bee Cider grand opening this weekend at Scott's Addition stables” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-13-16

“Ice cream shop taking over former Quirk gallery” – Richmond BizSense – 10-12-16