Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s fitting today is the day for love. Because if there’s one theme to represent our session this year, it’s a love for our Commonwealth. We’re showing affection for our environment by passing landmark energy bills. We’re showing our passion for our schools by supporting the Governor’s huge increase in education funding. And, of course, we’re protecting everyone’s ability to love whoever their heart desires!
“Virginia currently ranks 49 out of 50 states regarding how difficult it is to vote. The passage of HB 201 is one very important step to breaking down barriers that Virginians face when trying to access the ballot box,” stated Delegate Ayala.
Feb. 11th is designated as this year’s Crossover. This deadline means the House must complete all its legislation that needs to be sent over to the Senate for their action on it, and vice versa. While this year’s session brought with it a record number of bills introduced, it’s looking like we are on track to meet Crossover’s deadline!
"So many women before me have paved the way for today’s ratification. I am so proud to stand on their shoulders as I voted to write gender equality into the U.S. Constitution. Today’s ratification is a monumental step in the right direction for equality for all in our country," stated Delegate Ayala.
A Virginia lawmaker is pushing her commonwealth’s government to study how blockchain could shape the future of local elections and commerce.
Today the Virginia House of Delegates passed the Equal Rights Amendment, becoming the 38th state to ratify and adding women to the Constitution. Delegate Hala Ayala was a Chief Co-Patron of this resolution and has been fighting for its ratification since 2008.