Absentee Voting Begins Today! It's easy to do. There a lot of legal "excuses" to vote absentee. See details below. And if you know someone who is not registered to vote, voter registration continues until Monday, October 17. You can legally register to vote, vote absentee or vote on Election Day WITHOUT a picture voter ID. There's been some confusion on this. But Alexandria Registrar Anna Leider confirmed this to me today. (Thanks Anna!) If you have an acceptable photo voter ID, please use it to avoid the hassle. But if you don't have an acceptable picture voter ID and wish to vote absentee, they will issue a temporary ID right on the spot at the Registrar's office and allow you to vote then and there. 

I will travel back down to Richmond for several days next week in preparation for our reconvened session. In this session, we will consider 89 bills: Governor McAuliffe's 32 vetos and 57 recommendations. I'm reviewing the Governor's vetos and recommendations now. If you have views on any of them, please do not hesitate to write me at DelMLevine@house.virginia.gov.

Overall, I felt it was a productive first session. I was considered "quite active" for a new legislator and was the only Freshman to put forward a Floor Amendment (to allow hospice care). I also made several Floor speeches on bills other than my own. While this again is considered unusual for freshman legislators, I felt I did some good in raising doubt on harmful legislation and hopefully enough doubt to persuade Governor McAuliffe to veto or modify some of them.

I spoke on the House Floor this week in memory of 29-year-old Crystal Hamilton and in support of her 11-year-old son. Many of you know the tragic story of Ashley Guindon, the brave Prince William County Police Officer who was killed on her first day on the job. The same man who shot Officer Guindon and two other police officers had just murdered his wife Crystal. Their son heard the gunshots and ran for his life.

This week, the House passed a budget for the next two years. With two major exceptions (see below), it was a good budget that largely tracked what the Governor requested with some missed opportunities. Most importantly, the budget has significant increases in education funding, including a 3% raise for teachers and the Governor's proposed Cost of Competing Adjustment for school support staff in Northern Virginia for Fiscal Year 2018. It also retained most of the funds the Governor provided for economic development

This week included "Crossover," the date by which the House of Delegates had to finish work on all of its bills. As of Crossover, two of my bills had passed unanimously. I have every confidence the Senate will pass these bills as well, and they will be signed into Law by Governor McAuliffe.