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There will be a “Rally in the Alley” for minority business owners and contractors today at 10 a.m. in front of General Assembly at 9th and Broad Streets. The NAACP will host the rally and press conference.

SB 651 Women-owned and minority-owned businesses; enhancement measures. The chief patron of the minority-owned business bill is Senator Donald McEachin. Read the bill in its entirety http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+ful+SB651+pdf

Senator McEachin discussed with me the importance of taking better steps to minority-owned businesses getting government contracts, as it stands, minority businesses only receive 2% of the contracts in Virginia. Senator McEachin wants Governor Bob McDonnell to come up with solutions. He said, minority businesses provide good service and need to go to work.

The General Assembly is in session. You can track bills that your senator and delegate are introducing at http://lis.virginia.gov

The Virginia Senate voted to eliminate the prohibition for purchases of one handgun over a 30-day period. Read the bill in its entirety (sb323)http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+ful+SB323

Legislators from across the Commonwealth of Virginia have converged on Virginia’s General Assembly for the next three months. Lawmakers will introduce bills that will need votes from both the Senate and House of Delegates.

At issue, the state’s proposed budget by Governor Bob McDonnell for FY-13 through FY-14; Virginia’s Retirement System, Education cuts vs increases; Health insurance benefits affordability; unemployment benefits extensions; economic development and restorative justice, to name a few.

What are the chief responsibilities of the Virginia General Assembly? To represent citizens in the formulation of public policy, enact laws of the Commonwealth, approve the budget, levy taxes, elect judges and confirm appointments by the Governor.

The General Assembly affects you and your lifestyle.  Stay connected….Miss Community

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