June was a busy, yet productive, month in both the office and at home. Julie and I were proud to see Cameron, our youngest son, graduate from Colonial Heights High School. I know that many other families across the 66th district feel the same pride about their graduate that Julie and I feel about ours.
Boys & Girls State
I once again had the privilege to attend American Legion Post 284’s send off breakfast for the many outstanding young men and women who attended Boys’ and Girls’ State. These young men and women spent the week at Radford University and Longwood University, respectively, learning about our government and civic engagement.
Delegate Cox with Boys’ State attendees
from Post 284.
Delegate Cox with Girls’ State attendees
from Post 284.
A special congratulations goes out to Collin Lee of Matoaca High School and Taiana James of Thomas Dale High School. Collin was not only elected Mayor of his city, but he was selected as one of two young men who will represented Virginia at Boys’ Nation in Washington, DC. Out of 600 young women, Taiana was elected as Attorney General, only one of three statewide offices elected at Girls’ State.
Collin Lee was selected to
attend Boys’ Nation.
Taiana James was elected Attorney General
of Girls’ State.
This year, two members of my staff assisted in the week’s events. Kelly Gee, my Chief of Staff, served as a Girls’ State counselor and Rick Oertel, my Legislative Aide for Military & Veterans Affairs, served as a counselor at Boys’ State. For the second year in a row, Kelly and the girls making up her city won the Model City Award, one of the most prestigious awards at Girls’ State.
New State Laws Take Effect
Laws passed during the 2017 General Assembly session and signed by the Governor are now in effect. All new laws went into effect on July 1st.
To ensure that the public is well informed, the Division of Legislative Services publishes”In Due Course” each year. This free, online publication covers select new laws, categorized by subject, that are likely to affect the daily lives of the citizens of Virginia.
To view the 2017 edition of “In Due Course,” click here.
July 4th Fireworks
Fireworks and Independence Day go hand in hand. If you and your family are looking for somewhere to view fireworks, here are two local options.
The City of Colonial Heights will set off fireworks at approximately 9:15 pm in the vicinity of Charles Dimmock Parkway. The best viewing areas for these fireworks are the Walmart and Southgate Square parking lots. For more information, click here.
Chesterfield County will host a Fourth of July Celebration at the county fairgrounds, located across from LC Bird High School. A festival, complete with a children’s activity center, will begin at 5 pm followed by fireworks at nightfall. Donations of non-perishable foods will be collected to benefit the Chesterfield Food Bank. For more information, click here.
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act required state identification cards (i.e., driver’s’ licenses) to meet certain security criteria as set forth by the federal Department of Homeland Security. Accordingly, all new Virginia state identification cards will now be REAL ID compliant. DMV will begin issuing these new identification cards in October of 2018.
Beginning October 1, 2020, Virginians can no longer use their non-REAL ID compliant identification cards to board domestic flights or enter certain federal facilities, such as military bases. Both REAL ID and non-REAL ID compliant identification cards may be used as proof of identity when voting.
To learn more about Virginia’s transition to REAL ID, click here to visit DMV’s website.
On June 8th, I joined Delegate Margaret Ransone for a visit of the Naval Surface Weapons Center Dahlgren Division in King George County. NSWC Dahlgren provides research, development, and testing, for complex naval weapon systems. Among the assets at NSWC Dahlgren is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) runway. This UAV, commonly known as drones, runway allows the US military to stay on the forefront of technology.
Delegate Cox and Ransone, along with staff, view ordinance
tested at NSWC Dahlgren.
The US Armed Forces and the Department of Defense are top employers in Virginia. It was insightful to learn more about their many different operations in Commonwealth. I’m grateful to Delegate Ransone for inviting me to tour NSWC Dahlgren with her.
Outside of session, you can contact me in my district office via phone at 526-5135; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by US mail at PO Box 1205, Colonial Heights, VA 23834.
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