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Great to welcome the ARC of Harrisonburg to the General Assembly today. They provide great services in our community to individuals with developmental disabilities.

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I am pleased to join the Speaker of the House Kirk Cox and Governor Northam on this historic effort to further protect victims of crime and to do the right by raising the felony threshold which as not been adjusted in almost 40 years.

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Raising the felony larceny threshold will maintain Virginia’s tough position on criminal theft, while modernizing our law so that one mistake does not define a person’s entire life. http://bit.ly/2nUkqfT

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PSA from Shenandoah County Sheriff Tim Carter on the incident in Woodstock earlier this week.

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CORRECTION - the rifle seized was a Winchester Model 70, .243 caliber Bolt Action rifle, not a Remington as was put out in this release. Thank you.

SB 962 essentially legalizes and recognizes “herd share agreements” that are being utilized to achieve the sale of raw milk in Virginia. To date, the legality of these agreements has not been clearly established in the Code of Virginia. While the dairy industry may not be thrilled about these sales, they are happening and this bill is a common sense bill intended only to provide limited safeguards for those who are buying milk under these arrangements.

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My bill, SB523, increasing voter integrity here in the Commonwealth passed the Senate today. Thankful the the support of my colleagues in the Senate. http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+sum+SB523

Voter identification; electronic pollbooks to contain photographs of voters. Requires electronic pollbooks to contain the photographs of registered voters that are obtained by the general registrars in the production of voter photo identification cards or contained in a voter's Department of Motor V...
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I had a great visit today with Dr. Downey and students from Blue Ridge Community College. Always inspiring to hear their stories and career goals.

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I’m always happy to see the VT Corps of Cadets during the General Assembly. Go Hokies!

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I enjoyed visiting with a few students from my district yesterday who are participating in the YMCA’s Model General Assembly this year.

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It was wonderful to welcome Pastor Richard Early from Grace Mennonite Church today in the Senate. Richard gave a very warm and inspiring prayer to start our Session. It was also great to see Matt Lohr who accompanied Richard on the trip!

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It was great to see Kennedy Strickler from Page County High School. Kennedy is the State President this year of the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.)

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Joined my fellow Republican leaders in the House and the Senate to respond to @GovernorVA's speech last night. I was disappointed in the partisan tone of his speech. I hope we will have the opportunity to pursue a bipartisan approach - must be a two way street, however.

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Gaveling in the first official Senate Courts of Justice meeting this morning.

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January 11 each year is designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Human trafficking is the exploitation for sexual or labor purposes through the use of force, coercion, or fraud. The General Assembly took action on this subject a few years ago. I was pleased to patron the bill on the Senate side to help victims of human trafficking. Today, our prayers are with the victims and those who diligently to rescue and assist them. To learn more please visit: richmondjusticeinitiative.com

Congressman Bob Goodlatte has been a true public servant to the citizens of the 6th District. He has been a stalwart leader standing strong for our conservative principles and values here in the Shenandoah Valley and Western Virginia. As a legislator representing Virginia’s number one agricultural district, I am especially grateful for all he did for farmers and the agricultural economy. His efforts and assistance were instrumental in helping hundreds of poultry farmers save their family farms when they came together to form the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative. Suzanne and I thank him for his leadership but most of all for his friendship over these past twenty-five years and wish Bob and Maryellen nothing but the best in retirement.

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Ed Gillespie getting the troops fired up here in the Shenandoah Valley! #ED4VA

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