Senator Dunnavant Recognized as Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Senate Legislator of the Year

May 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Senator Dunnavant Recognized as Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Senate Legislator of the Year

Senator Dunnavant Recognized as Virginia Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Senate Legislator of the Year EMBARGOED UNTIL 8 PM, TUESDAY MAY 15 Contact: Samantha Moore Virginia Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Legislators with “Free Enterprise Award” for Work to Improve Virginia’s Economic Competitiveness RICHMOND – The Virginia Chamber of Commerce today named the recipients of the Free Enterprise Award for their support of pro-business policies during the 2018 legislative session. The Free Enterprise Award recognizes legislators for their support for the principles and initiatives outlined in the Chamber’s long-term economic development plan, Blueprint Virginia 2025. “We are pleased to recognize these legislators for their work to make Virginia the best state for business,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber [...]

Crossover Update: Healthcare

February 19th, 2018|Comments Off on Crossover Update: Healthcare

Crossover Update: Healthcare Cost and Coverage We have to get the cost of health insurance under control. In an effort to address rising costs and be more innovative I have patroned and copatroned a number of reforms that will reduce cost for health insurance. SB 844 I patroned with Senator Reeves will allow health plans to extend low cost, short term policies from the current limit of 90 days to a year. If the federal government allows thee will also be renewable. This plan would be outside of the ACA and therefore would not have all of the mandated benefits making it less expensive. It will be a good low cost option for some but will not cover preexisting conditions, so not for [...]

Crossover Update: Education

February 19th, 2018|Comments Off on Crossover Update: Education

Crossover Update: Education   Higher Education It is time we refreshed how we approach enrollment in Virginia’s two-year and four-year colleges so that we are better serving students to reduce the cost of higher education for families, help better prepare high school for higher education, and reduce the time it takes to get a degree. To accomplish this, I have proposed legislation that will: Standardize core curriculum classes between all of Virginia’s community colleges so that classes and quality are uniform, and ensure that these core curriculum classes will be accepted by Virginia’s four-year universities. Create a transfer portal that will make it easy for students to find the most efficient path to the degree or certification that they want. Develop a [...]

Crossover Update: Local Legislation

February 19th, 2018|Comments Off on Crossover Update: Local Legislation

Crossover Update: Local Legislation     Helping my constituents While the General Assembly Session is very short (only 60 days this year), I spend the whole year meeting with constituents to find out how I can help them as their state senator. A lot of times my legislation the following session is a result of these meetings – and this year is no different. Some of my bills were created specifically to help Henrico County. Here’s a quick rundown! James River In the greater Richmond area, the mighty James River is a major draw for outdoor activity, tourism and general quality of life. We need to be sure we are protecting this natural resource and, in an effort to do so, continue to work [...]

Doctor’s Note: Addressing Virginia’s Opiate Crisis

February 19th, 2018|Comments Off on Doctor’s Note: Addressing Virginia’s Opiate Crisis

Doctor’s Note: Addressing Virginia's Opiate Crisis   The crises of opiate addiction and overdose deaths continues to escalate. Virginians impacted by addiction all over the Commonwealth are doing all they can to reverse the course. I remain committed to ensuring the state is doing everything we can. There are two sides to addressing this issue. We need to decrease those at risk for becoming addicted and find the best ways to help treat and support everyone already addicted. To reduce the likelihood of addiction, I have carried legislation for the last three years that deters overprescribing, and am doing the same this year. That’s because 70 percent of opiate addictions start with a prescription from a medical provider. This year, some of the [...]