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Vaccine Mandate, Special Session, and Sales Tax Holiday

 

Dear Friend,

This week was "2021 Special Session 2" of the Virginia General Assembly. The only real business the Governor and Democrats allowed us to take up was spending about $4.3 Billion in federal ARPA money that the state has received in recent months.

I prepared budget amendments to limit mask mandates, prohibit COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and resist anti-gun efforts by Attorney General Herring, but House Democrats rejected every amendment offered by House Republicans.

I voted for the Republican alternative which would have increased funding for law enforcement, small businesses, and more, but again that was defeated. I did vote for the final budget bill, which includes $700 Million in funding to match private and local investment in rural broadband throughout the Commonwealth, including unserved areas in Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties.

The Senate did make some good amendments to the budget, but because House Democrats are opposed to any alterations to the Governor's proposal, there are closed-door negotiations taking place between the Senate, House, and Governor to determine the final bill, and we will likely return to Richmond sometime next week for a final vote.

State Employee Mask Mandate

Shortly after the House of Delegates recessed yesterday afternoon, the Governor announced that he is implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees in the Executive Branch. I immediately drafted and sent an email citing federal law and challenging him on the legality of such an action, but have not yet received a response.

During his press conference making the announcement, the Governor said that almost all the COVID-19 cases are among people who are unvaccinated, but he was using misleading data by including the entire time period from January until now! If you look at current data, a much different picture emerges, as these recent news articles illustrate:

  • Almost one in five new virus cases confirmed in the Fredericksburg area involve vaccinated people, most of whom haven’t been sick enough to require hospitalization.— Free Lance-Star
  • Roanoke-area officials say they’re seeing similar numbers of breakthrough infections.—Roanoke Times
  • In early July, at least a quarter of new COVID-19 infections in Prince William County involved people who were fully vaccinated.—Prince William Times
  • In the UK, Israel, Chile and other countries with high vaccination rates, COVID infections among the fully vaccinated are outpacing those in the unvaccinated, raising questions about vaccine efficacy and whether the vaccines themselves are to blame. - Children's Health Defense

Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday starts today and runs through midnight Sunday. School supplies, hurricane prep materials, and energy efficient appliances are all tax free this weekend. Find detailed guidelines on the holiday here.

 

Personal and Campaign Updates

My team and I have been out knocking doors in Clarke and Loudoun Counties, and getting great responses. I hope to talk with you soon as we continue knocking on doors and listening to your concerns !

I've also enjoyed meeting my newest grandchild, Ava Elizabeth, born last week.

My platform continues to be promoting Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, with my guide being "...To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8 b (NIV)

As always, thank you for the tremendous honor and privilege of serving you in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns!

Sincerely,



I’m looking forward to continuing to finish the job on broadband if that’s what voters decide in November. Click here if you can donate to help me continue to fight for you! 

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email my office at 540-751-8364 or DelDLaRock@house.virginia.gov. You can also follow my campaign on Twitter @LaRock4Delegate and Facebook page to keep up to date. I'm also now on MeWe and Telegram.



 
 

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District Office: P.O. Box 6, Hamilton, Virginia 20159 (540) 751-8364

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