Virginia Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of the “Free Enterprise Award” which recognizes legislators for their support of pro-business policies during the 2018 legislative session. In years past, the list recognized veteran legislators from across the commonwealth on both sides of the isle. But this year, it was a pleasant surprise to see freshman legislators Delegate Hala S. Ayala recognized.
As the General Assembly session adjourns, I want to update you on what we have done in Richmond, highlight my own legislative accomplishments, and provide you with information on how to follow new laws coming into effect this year.
I am proud of my work for you in Richmond. Working across the aisle, I was able to help make the Commonwealth a safer and fairer place.
“I am thrilled to introduce my audience to Ms. Hala Ayala. Hala worked for the government as a Cyber Security Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security with close to 17 years of experience. She is the mother of two and an avid community advocate who founded the Prince William County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (PWC NOW). Her commitment to service and community are evident through her various leadership roles.”
“Delegate Hala Ayala spoke on Delegate Krizek’s bill that would repeal the prohibition on state agencies from entering into Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) with multiple organizations working on the same project. Delegate Ayala stressed that “Project Labor Agreements are good for business and good for workers. PLAs create career paths for women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented populations.”
Amid the sea of signs and rose-colored hats at the New Jersey Women’s March in Morristown, Mikie Sherrill, there with her daughter, is one of the latest women to throw her hat into the political ring. She’s a Democrat running for New Jersey’s 11th District Congressional seat. “Right now we are taking on a fight for the very soul of this country,” Sherrill told ABC News. “We’re taking on a fight to protect our values to protect what we think America stands for and we can do this together.”
The title wave of Democrats who won in Virginia's November election take office tomorrow, and they include a dozen women. And the biggest change for Virginia's General Assembly is coming from Prince William County. There are eight delegates who represent Prince William County. Half of them, all Republicans, lost in November to women Democrats.