Having won re-election without opposition, Dels. Mark Keam (D-35th) and Rip Sullivan (D-48th) are crafting legislation for the 2018 General Assembly session and both are encouraged by the parity – near or exact will be determined soon – that Democrats will enjoy in the House of Delegates.
“I’m an eternal optimist,” Keam said. “We’re in a good, positive position for collaboration. Republicans will have to work with us. It’s a way for us to collaborate to solve problems in way that’s not partisan, but gets things done.”
The Arlington Sun Gazette editorial page view on the local scene:
THUMBS UP: To the efforts by local elected officials to meet each year with students in the Arlington YMCA’s Model General Assembly program, giving the students real-world tips prior to the statewide Model General Assembly gathering in Richmond next March.
The 62 Arlington high-school students who will head to Richmond in March for participation in the 2018 Model General Assembly program got a head start Dec. 8, as they sat down with real-world legislators and picked up suggestions on how to build alliances in the state capital.
Arlington’s representatives will push hard in the Virginia General Assembly on Metro funding, the authority to rename Jefferson Davis Highway and absentee voting, among other issues.
At a work session Thursday, Arlington County Board members discussed their legislative agenda — bills they would like to see passed and issues they would like to see emphasized — for the 2018 session with local Delegates and state Senators.
Following gain of at least 15 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates, Democrats are making government transparency the hallmark issue in the first legislative proposals the party is backing for the 2018 session.
They outlined proposals to ban personal use of campaign money, end gerrymandering of legislative districts and make public a database held by the state Supreme Court's executive secretary - information that is only searchable now by making a request to every circuit court clerk in the commonwealth.