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2018-2-23

Senate Panel Votes to Ban ‘Lunch Shaming’ in Virginia

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Delegate Tyler Sponsors Bill to Protect Correctional Officers

Correctional Officers from across the Commonwealth gathered for a Press Conference and lobbying day on Capitol Hill in Richmond to Voice their concerns for increased salaries, improved working conditions and officer’s turnover along with Delegate Roslyn Tyler (Sussex) and Delegate John Bell (Loudon). Delegate Tyler’s District includes the following state correctional centers in Greensville County, Sussex I and II, Deerfield, Lunenburg and the private prison in Lawrenceville.  HB 1418 introduced by Delegate Tyler for the Creation of Procedural Guarantee Act for Correction Officers has passed the House of Delegate’s and has now crossed over to the Senate. Additionally, she was recently appointed to serve on the House of Appropriations, Sub-Committee on Public Safety which funding allocations are recommended for public safety officers including the state police, sheriffs, deputies, emergency services and state correctional officers.

In the budget released this week, the Correctional Officers are winners. The House of Appropriations budget includes a $1,100 salary adjustment in January 2019 and 2% increase in salary in July 2019 and 1% merit pay in July, 2019. This funding will increase the starting salaries of Correctional Officers to approximately $33,000. This is one giant step towards funding correction officers for the work they do in protecting our community from harm and danger.

The officers, Donald Baylor, the NCPSO representative and I have addressed this issue for a long time and we are pleased of our accomplishment. Our work is not over. The final budget has not been passed by the House and the Senate. The two budgets will be in conference before final passage for negotiations. Therefore, contact the House and Senate Conferee to maintain funding in the budget for final approval.  Please feel free to contact me in Richmond at 804 698-1075.

Delegate Tyler is a Member of the Sportsman's Caucus

Pictured from the left:  Delegate Barry Knight, Senator Emmett Hanger, Senator John Cosgrove, Delegate James Edmonds, Delegate Robert Bloxom, Delegate Roslyn Tyler, Delegate Tony Wilt, Delegate Buddy Fowler, Jr., and Delegate John McGuire

Delegate Roslyn Tyler is a member of the General Assembly Sportsman Caucus in Richmond, Virginia. Pictured are members Senators and Delegates who enjoy hunting and outdoor recreation over the Commonwealth. Each Thursday morning at 7:00 AM the caucus meets for updates on certain topics such as Chesapeake Bay Foundation, World Life Foundation, Bear and Deer hunting and proposed sportsman rights legislation HB564, HB1328 and HB1414 all passed through the House and are in the Senate for vote.  If you are in Richmond, feel free to stop by and see us in room E321 in the Pocahontas Building on Main Street.  Delegate Tyler can be reached via email atDelRTyler@house.virginia.gov or (804) 698-1075.

Attorneys Launch Group to Boost Free Legal Services to Low Income Clients

SUFFOLK, Va., Feb. 20, 2018  – Virginia Legal Aid Society is pleased to announce the creation of the Suffolk Pro Bono Task Force, a  group of influential and successful attorneys who are recruiting their colleagues to provide volunteer, free legal help to VLAS clients.

The attorney members of the task force are calling, writing and visiting with other attorneys in the area to encourage them to take on pro bono cases for VLAS clients. In addition to this work, the attorney members of the task force all accept representation of VLAS clients on a pro bono basis. 

Private attorneys who agree to work pro bono allow VLAS to help many additional low income clients who otherwise would not be able to hire an attorney for representation in their civil legal case. VLAS staff attorneys in Danville, Lynchburg, Farmville and Suffolk close about 3,000 cases each year; pro bono attorneys close an additional 150 or so cases for VLAS clients. VLAS seeks to greatly increase the numbers of attorneys providing pro bono representation to its clients, and the Suffolk Task Force members are an invaluable asset in this endeavor.

The Suffolk Task Force members are:

  • Nicole Harrell
  • Jeanette Ojeda
  • Andrew Page
  • Richard Railey
  • Whitney Saunders
  • Martin Speroni
  • Daniel Vinson
     

For More Information Contact: Kristine Smith, Pro Bono Director (434) 846-1326, ext. 413

Virginia Legal Aid Society is a nonprofit law firm that provides legal information, advice and representation in civil cases to underprivileged individuals and families. Since 1977, VLAS has been the only institutional provider of such services in Central, Southside, and Western Tidewater Virginia. VLAS attorneys and paralegals use legal skills to solve problems in housing, access to health care, income and public benefits, family issues, consumer lending and assets. Our mission is to resolve serious legal problems of vulnerable people, promote economic and family stability, reduce poverty through effective legal assistance, and to champion equal justice. For more information on our services, to get involved, or to make a donation, please visit us at www.vlas.org and follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/VaLegalAidSociety, and Twitter @VA_LegalAid

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