Dear Friends and Neighbors,
First of all, thank you very much for
giving me the privilege of serving as your
representative in Richmond for another two
With the elections over, I am sure that
you are now wondering what to do with your
extra time! Why not stop by Main
Street Bagel this Saturday between 9:00 a.m.
and 11:00 a.m. for my last informal office
hours of 2007? Thanks to everyone
who has joined me for coffee over the past
four months. Your feedback is the most
valuable tool I have in Richmond and helps
make me a better representative. If you
can’t stop by, don’t hesitate to
call or send an email.
Over the next few months I will be
focusing on my legislative package for the
2008 General Assembly Session. I
look forward to highlighting some of my
initiatives in future newsletters and to
hearing your ideas and suggestions.
Yesterday I received a draft of my first
bill for 2008 – which is actually the
result of a suggestion from a constituent.
As many of you know, protecting
individuals and families from identity theft
is among my top priorities. One of
the best ways to reduce identity theft is to
minimize the amount of personal information
that is written down where it can get into
the wrong hands.
Earlier this year, it was brought to my
attention that every applicant for a
vehicle title must provide his or her Social
Security number on the DMV-provided
form. The form is then handled and processed
by the dealership. After contacting DMV, they
agreed that providing this information is
not necessary for anyone who already has an
established DMV record. Rather, a
person’s driver’s license number
is more than sufficient. The bill that I am
introducing requires DMV to change these
forms accordingly. While it is only one small
step, sometimes that is how progress is
Next month, in addition to legislation, I
will focus on
tightening budget situation and how
that will likely affect our community.
Unlike the federal level, the Constitution
of Virginia requires a balanced budget. How
we prioritize our $72 billion biennial
budget is the single most important job of
the General Assembly. Stay tuned and see you
around the District!