This is your third weekly update to our VA NOW General Assembly action! Thank you to those who got active last week on reproductive justice, domestic violence and stalking, and human trafficking! To remind you, we have asked all of our all star GA volunteers (yes, that’s YOU!) to commit to the following:
- Writing at least two emails to committees you are interested in following, one in Jan and one in Feb
- To try to make it out to a committee meeting when legislation is being voted on OR (more realistically) send an email to your selected committees when you are alerted that bills are being voted on.
- To attend an advocacy day to gain more experience with the legislative process
So, what’s up this week??
This week is VA NOW and the League of Women Voters’ Lobby Day! Please join us this WED, Feb 5th anytime between 7:30-3:30pm! What’s the itinerary and where are we meeting?
8:00- 8:30 Women’s Reproductive Health Caucus (Third Floor East Conference Room)
8:30-9:30 Women’s Round Table – hear from legislators (Third Floor West Conference Room)
9:30- 10:00 Get briefing on issues from NOW lobby team
11:30 Walk over to the Capitol and line up for entry to House or Senate Gallery
2:00 Walk to Library of Virginia
Second, I have linked our VA NOW bill sheets for the week (click here and here). Every week they are updated, as some of the legislation we are monitoring dies or gets passed by indefinitely in committee. Remember, we are tracking bills related to the following topics–
- Family Health
- Community Safety
- Social and Economic Equity
- Civil and Human Rights
Third, you will see an updated committee tracking document, which is how you can find out where legislation you are interested in currently is! Since we will only be sending out an email/post once a week, please be sure you take a minute, two or three times a week, to check the docket of the committees your bills are in and see if you should send out an email or not. Links to all dockets are in the committee tracking document.
What we recommend taking action on this week: (below the fold)
The link to all standing committees in the General Assembly: http://lis.virginia.gov/141/com/COM.HTM
If you end up misplacing any documents, like our fact sheets, please note you can always check out our VA NOW website to stay updated and informed on the issues. The direct link is here: http://vanow.org/represent/vanow-in-action .
And always remember, if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to talk about any piece of legislation we are monitoring, do not hesitate to contact me directly! Please have a wonderful week and talk with you soon!
Vicki Yeroian, BSW
Statewide Director of Lobbying, VA NOW