Campbell Reports From Richmond: Higher Pay For Deputies Sought

By 
Del. Ronnie Campbell

 

Richmond Report

Week 2

Jan. 23, 2021

 

As the second week of the General Assembly comes to a close, the challenges of this year's Legislative Session have become ever-more clear – yet so have the opportunities!

If you would like to contact me or my office with questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can contact me by email at DelRCampbell@house.virginia.gov and by phone at 804-698-1024 (Richmond office) or 540-280-0778 (District office).

 

Legislative Updates

This session, I have introduced six bills and one budget amendment. Additionally, I have co-signed six resolutions. This legislation derives from conversations with constituents and various advocacy groups with notable causes.

 

Deputy Sheriffs Budget Amendment

My budget amendment immediately establishes a base salary of $40,000/year for all Deputy Sheriffs in Virginia (a $5,600 pay raise). It also implements a career progression program incentivizing good performance among Deputy Sheriffs, rewarding positive annual evaluations with a raise of $800 per year for up to 25 years.

As a former Virginia State Trooper, I know firsthand the struggles that our law enforcement officers face. This amendment provides Virginia's Deputy Sheriffs the financial security they deserve for the vital work they perform to keep our communities safe.

 

Glasgow Town Charter

I'm happy to announce that the Town of Glasgow's town charter – HB 1783, which I had the privilege of introducing – passed the Counties, Cities, and Towns Committee unanimously today!

 

Other Bills

House Bill 1759 makes it easier for citizens to remotely appear in court before a judge via electronic video/audio communication. Enabling “virtual” court proceedings is vital to ensure the health and safety of Virginians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

House Bill 1744 provides that probable cause must be established before any lawful search and seizure of animal care facilities and zoos, enabling them to operate business with more stability and less stress.

House Bill 1758 helps maintain the integrity of our elections by requiring the State Registrar of Vital Records to report lists of deceased voters to the Department of Elections on a weekly basis (instead of monthly).

House Bill 1741 creates greater transparency of Virginia building projects by requiring subcontractors to report certain payments.

House Bill 1765 requests the Department of Transportation to renumber a portion of Route 60 that runs through Lexington, and move Route 60's designation to Interstate 64.

 

Letter to Vice President Mike Pence

You have likely seen in the news the letter that I sent to Vice President Mike Pence regarding the certification of Virginia's Electoral Votes from the Nov. 3 election. As a result of this letter, House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn chose to remove me from my position on the Courts of Justice Committee in retaliation. There have been over a dozen news articles about the letter, and I published my own Facebook post about it. You may read a copy of the full letter below.

I'm mentioning these things so that I may provide clarity on this issue and set the record straight.

As your democratically elected Delegate, I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of Virginia. I take this solemn duty very seriously. Accordingly, I feel compelled to speak up and take a stand against any and all violations of Virginia's Constitution.

When I signed onto this letter, I did not do so to act frivolously or to be dismissive toward our election. My singular aim was – and still remains – to honor and stay true to my sworn Constitutional oath.

The case is clear: the Democratic leadership and majority violated Virginia’s Constitution (Article IV, Section 13) in the 2020 Special Session by allowing changes to election methods passed in SB 5120 (CHAP0001) to be enforced months before the constitutionally mandated timeline had been met.

The 2020 Special Session began Aug. 18 and SB 5120 was passed on September 4, 2020. The Special Session adjourned on Oct. 16. This is important, as Virginia’s Constitution specifies that any legislative changes relating to elections take effect the first day of the fourth month after the adjournment of the Special Session.

In cases of an emergency, changes may proceed sooner when four-fifths of House Members vote in favor, in this case 80 yes votes. Only 55 Delegates voted in favor of SB 5120.

In conclusion, Speaker Filler-Corn's decision to remove me from the Courts of Justice Committee as retribution for this letter is not only unfounded and uncalled for, but it acutely reduces my ability to advocate on behalf of my constituents in the General Assembly and to be their voice in Richmond.

 

Come Visit Us

Amherst District Office

I will be holding open office hours each week during the Session in my Amherst District Office. Our office will be open every Wednesday from 3:00-6:00pm and is located at 230 South Main St, Amherst, VA 24521. Meetings available by appointment as well.

Richmond

We love having visitors in Richmond! However, we are in unprecedented and uncertain times with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regulations for visiting my office in the Pocahontas Building are fluid. If you are interested in visiting my office in the Pocahontas Building, please contact me in advance either by email at DelRCampbell@house.virginia.gov or by phone at 804-698-1024 (Richmond office) or 540-280-0778 (District office), and we will update you with the most recent procedures and protocol for office visits in the Pocahontas Building.

We hope to see you soon!

 

In Conclusion

As always, thank you for the honor of serving and representing you in the General Assembly. If I can be of service to you in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office.

 

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