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Legislative Update: Week 6

Dear Friend,

This week at the General Assembly, we passed the crossover deadline, which is when a bill must have been passed by the House or Senate or else it is dead for the year.  Now, the work of the Senate is focused on House bills and the budget.

One of my bills, SB 677, which allows localities to decide if they will charge a fee for concealed weapons permits, passed the Senate by a vote of 32-8.  The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

In the Education and Health Committee this week, we considered legislation that would give local school boards the ability to decide on their own school calendar, as opposed to current state law which requires that schools start on the day after Labor Day.  After speaking to many of my constituents via Facebook, the consensus was that they would like schools to have local control, but also that they liked school starting after Labor Day.  I voted in favor of allowing this flexibility, but ultimately the bill failed on a vote of 9-6.

I was pleased to speak with over 50 members of the Virginia Association of Realtors this week about their legislative priorities.  I also met with constituents who are attending Virginia Military Institute.  I encourage you to come and visit our office during these final weeks of the legislative session if you find yourself in downtown Richmond. 

Best regards,  
Senator Amanda Chase        

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