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2017 Legislative Session Update - Week 4

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Dear Friends,

The fourth week of the 2017 Legislative Session has come to a close! It is nearly crossover, when all bills that have made it through their house of origin will cross over to the other body to be heard, if they haven't already done so. With approximately 2,500 pieces of legislation to be heard, the committees have been incredibly busy! Next Thursday, we will dedicate time to addressing the budget. 

This week has been very intense, presenting bills as early as 7:30 a.m. and as late as 7:30 p.m., which is typical the week before crossover. Due to the budget shortfall, most bills are failing to report out of the Senate Finance Committee due to the lack of funding available and our commitment to take care of the serious wage compression of our state police. 

While all of the bills we debate here are important, there have been many intensely debated pieces of legislation that have been heard in the Senate: Rights restoration for convicted non-violent felons, election reform bills, legislation involving companies such as Uber and Airbnb, Virtual and charter school bills, school discipline bills, high school dual-enrollment credits, Certificate of Public Need reform for hospitals, property rights, and many other topics which drew a lot of responses from constituents. Some of these bills have made it through the Senate and will proceed to the House for review by that body. Other bills have lived their course for this session and may possibly return in a subsequent year. Thank you to each of you who took the time to let us know how you felt on the proposed legislation this session.

I had the honor of introducing Rev. George, Assistant Pastor at Clover Hill Assembly of God in Midlothian, which I am proud to call my church home. Pastor George has had an incredible, positive impact on so many lives, and it was an honor to have him give the invocation in the Senate this week.

I also had the pleasure of welcoming my son Joe's AP Government class to the capitol. It was great hosting the students from Manchester High School, and introducing them from the floor of the Senate as they visited us in the gallery.  It's so important that we continue to expose our students to government in action! 

I've included an update on the progress of my bills below. I am so thankful for each of you who have made the trip to Richmond or reached out to our office to share your concerns with me.  



Amanda Chase


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