Clip and save, part 1

Legislators are getting ready to gather in Richmond. They're crafting bills, lining up support, fine-tuning their assessments of what voters want/need/will (and won't) put up with/won't notice.

Here's what you should be getting ready to do: Decide what issues matter to you - guns, education, the environment, property taxes, Fort Monroe, mental health, long-term care, sexual predators, payday loans or any of the other topics legislators will be trying to address with new laws. Figure out the best way to track legislation that bears on that issue. Identify the key committees that will deal with it, and who the players are on that committee. This is important: Often the only real hearing a bill gets is in committee, and that hearing determines its fate. Pull together your list of who you should contact to tell them what you want/need/will (and won't) put up with/do in fact notice.

The information here today will aid you in those undertakings, and look for "Clip and save, part 3," with information on Congress, to appear soon.

This, the first installment, has to do with the state General Assembly, which convenes on Jan. 10. Part 2, below, gives information for statewide offices - the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

Cut them out. Put them somewhere handy: on the refrigerator, next to your computer so you can use it when you e-mail, by the phone if you prefer to call, on your desk if you're a pen-and-paper kind of communicator. How you communicate isn't as important as that you communicate. And with whom.

Your first stop: the individuals who represent you in the House of Delegates and state Senate.

If there's a specific bill that interests you, the office of your representative can steer you to the members of the committee that will be considering it. Or you can just look it up online.

Paying close attention to what your delegate and senator do - and do not do - in the next few weeks will serve you well. Every seat in the House and Senate will be on the ballot come November, and you may have to decide whether to return the current members for another term. The best thing to base that decision on is their track record in office. So keep a close eye on them.


Address for all delegates:
P.O. Box 406
Richmond, VA 23218

Del. Mamye BaCote (D)
95th District: parts of Hampton, Newport News
Phone: (804) 698-1095

Del. William Barlow (D)
64th District: includes Surry County and Williamsburg; parts of Isle of Wight and James City counties
Phone: (804) 698-1064

Del. Tom Gear (R)
91st District: includes Poquoson; parts of Hampton, York County
Phone: (804) 698-1091

Del. Phillip Hamilton (R)
93rd District: parts of Newport News, James City County
Phone: (804) 698-1093

Del. S. Chris Jones (R)
76th District: includes part of Suffolk
Phone: (804) 698-1076

Del. Donald McEachin (D)
74th District: includes Charles City County
Phone: (804) 698-1074

Del. Harvey Morgan (R)
98th District: includes Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex counties
Phone: (804) 698-1098

Del. Glenn Oder (R)
94th District: part of Newport News
Phone: (804) 698-1094

Del. Melanie Rapp (R)
96th District: parts of Newport News, James City and York counties
Phone: (804) 698-1096

Del. Jeion Ward (D)
92nd District: part of Hampton
Phone: (804) 698-1092

Address for all senators:
P.O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218

Sen. Mamie Locke (D)
2nd District: includes parts of Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk
Phone: (804) 698-7502

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R)
4th District: includes Middlesex County
Phone: (804) 698-7504

Sen. Thomas Norment Jr. (R)
3rd District: includes Williamsburg, Gloucester, James City, New Kent and York counties; part of Newport News
Phone: (804) 698-7503

Sen. Frederick Quayle (R)
13th District: includes Surry County; parts of Isle of Wight, Suffolk
Phone: (804) 698-7513

Sen. Nick Rerras (R)
6th District: includes Mathews County
Phone: (804) 698-7506

Sen. Marty Williams (R)
1st District: Poquoson; parts of Hampton, Newport News, York County.
Phone: (804) 698-7501

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