Protecting our State with Cyber Security
Virginia Information Technologies Agency; cybersecurity task force created (HB 2519)
Chief Patron - As a cybersecurity specialist, I brought a bill to the floor to create a cybersecurity task force to assist the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency. The aim of the task force would be to develop policies, standards, and guidelines applicable to the Commonwealth's executive, legislative, and judicial branches and independent agencies for assessing security risks, determining the appropriate security measures and performing security audits of government electronic information.
VITA; required information security training program for state employees (HB 2534)
Chief Patron - The world of technology is constantly transforming. This is why it is crucial for state employees to have the resources they need to stay up to date on security training programs. I sponsored this bill to require the Chief Information Officer of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (the CIO) to develop and annually update a curriculum and materials for training all state employees in information security awareness and in proper procedures for detecting, assessing, reporting, and addressing information security threats.
Protecting the Environment
Environmental Justice Advisory Council; established, report (HB 2696)
Co-Patron – I co-patroned this bill, which establishes the Environmental Justice Advisory Council, consisting of 13 members, to advise the Governor on environmental justice in the Commonwealth through equitable development, implementation, evaluation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, policies, and practices.
Supporting Military Families
Disabled Veteran's State Museum Passport; established (HB 2518)
Chief Patron - This bill creates a Disabled Veteran's State Museum Passport program for veterans of the United States Armed Forces with a service-connected disability rating of 50 percent or higher that entitles the bearer to enter state museums and other cultural institutions without the payment of a parking or admission fee.
General Services, Department of; disposition of surplus materials (HB 2161)
Chief Co-Patron – I was proud to help carry this bill, which requires the Department of General Services to permit surplus materials to be sold, prior to public sale or auction, to (i) service disabled veteran-owned businesses and (ii) veterans service organizations.
Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program; eligibility (HB 2685)
Co-Patron - I was happy to be a sponsor of HB 2685 to extend the benefits of the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program to the spouse or child of a veteran with at least a 90 percent permanent, service-related disability. My father served in the US Airforce for over twenty-five years, and as the daughter of a veteran, I understand first-hand that it is not just the service members who dedicate their lives to our country, but it is also their families. I will always put forth legislation granting access to the resources our military families deserve.
Virginia National Guard; state active duty pay (HB 2626)
Chief Patron - A large majority of Virginians support a living wage. I introduced HB 2626 to raise the minimum wage for State Active Duty (SAD) service. Service members are required to leave their families and report for SAD within 12 hours of notification. Twelve-hour days are normal for State Active Duty service, earning soldiers $7.48 per hour, less than the federal minimum wage. These men and women that have served our country and who are activated during a state of emergency risk their lives to protect us, and those who dedicate their lives to service should always be taken care of.
Access to Affordable Healthcare
Medicaid Expansion included in Budget (HB 5002)
I know first-hand what it is like to rely on an affordable healthcare system. Medicaid saved my son’s life. Having access to affordable healthcare is a right, not a privilege. For this reason, among many others, I feel strongly about serving in the House of Delegates. We worked across the aisle to pass Medicaid expansion. Now over 200,000 Virginians have applied and have access to affordable healthcare! Closing the Medicaid gap is both the fiscally and morally responsible thing to do to help Virginians. For more information go to: http://www.coverva.org/expansion/ to find out if you are eligible.
Criminal Justice Reform
Grand larceny; increases threshold amount (HB 1550)
Co-Patron - As products have increased in price exponentially since the 1980s, Virginia’s grand larceny threshold has remained the same. Last year’s bipartisan effort to increase the felony larceny threshold was incredibly necessary. HB 1550 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support to increase the threshold from $200 to $500.
Equality in the Commonwealth
Feminine hygiene products; no cost to female prisoners or inmates (HB 83)
Co-Patron – In 2018 we were able to pass HB 83. This bill will guarantee that female prisoners and inmates in Virginia correctional facilities have access to free feminine hygiene products, such as pads and tampons.