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New laws have gone into effect
As of July 1st, Virginia started a new fiscal year and all of the bills the were passed in the 2018 legislative session are now law! Some highlights are the expansion of Medicaid in the budget, the raising of the felony larceny threshold from $200 to $500, and some more fun laws like the allowing of dogs in wineries and breweries and the Red Salamander being named the state salamander of Virginia. If you want a run through of all of the highlights, here's a great document put together by the Division of Legislative Services.
William & Mary students graduated back in May and are off to further education, the workforce, or service. In June, I had the honor to attend the graduations for Woodside, Menchville, and Jamestown High Schools as well as the Newport News Juvenile Drug Court graduation. We have some very impressive young people in our community!
We've transitioned back into our district office with the help of some eager interns! These rising 9th graders will be joining us once a week to learn more about the legislative process.
School Safety Committee
This week, the School Safety Committee will have its second meeting and will begin the bulk of our work in anticipation of the upcoming legislative session. In advance of this meeting, Delegates VanValkenburg, Bourne, and I wrote a letter to Speaker Cox and the rest of the committee calling for an increased commitment to hiring more support staff in our schools and addressing issues such as bullying and other day-to-day crime. I am looking forward to being with the whole committee and hearing what other members have to say on this pertinent topic. If you would like to read more, click here:
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Michael P. Mullin
Fun on the Fourth!
My family and I found our way to a parade on July 4th, and even ran into this large doggo!
Governor Northam came to Williamsburg to swear in the first female president of the College of William & Mary in their 325 year existence! I am so excited to work with President Rowe.
Human Trafficking Bill Signing
It was a pleasure to have Governor Ralph Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring, and Delegate Dawn Adams in Hampton Roads for the signing of my bill, HB 1260, to disrupt the cycle of abuse that human trafficking creates in communities. Now, four additional crimes will be added to the list of offenses where bond is not granted. With this measure now in place, traffickers are not able to then post bond for victims and continue to traffic them.