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“Virginia’s legislative calendar just isn’t designed for public input.”

Sally Hudson, a University of Virginia professor and former member of the House of Delegates, on the way that the state’s legislative sessions are structured. The General Assembly considers thousands of bills in sessions scheduled for, at most, 60 days and lawmakers don’t meet on the weekends, which often results in public commentary and legislators being cut off or encouraged to “make it quick!” (Associated Press — Feb. 9, 2024)


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  • Trenace Dorsey-Hollins, the parent of a 5-year-old in Fort Worth, Texas, regarding the mixed messages parents have received about when they should or should not keep their children home from school when they are sick. During the pandemic, schools urged parents to keep their children home at any sign of illness. Now, some advocates, school systems and states are changing their guidelines to encourage students to return to class even if they have sniffles or other nuisance illnesses, like lice or pinkeye. (Associated Press — Feb. 7, 2024)
  • North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, regarding his opposition to an industry request to raise homeowners’ insurance premiums by an average of 42 percent. Causey said that he and his department received more than 25,000 emails, phone calls and letters about the proposal and “almost nobody was in favor of it.” (Associated Press — Feb. 6, 2024)
  • Trent Rhorer, executive director of the San Francisco Human Services Agency. A local public safety proposal that will appear on the March 8 ballot would require single adults on welfare to be screened and treated for illegal drug addiction, or lose the cash assistance. (Associated Press — Feb. 5, 2024)
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