The Senate Finance Committee PASSED SB1551, the bill to keep CVTC open. Last night (Jan 31, 2017), members of the House Appropriations HHR Subcommittee indicated that they are having similar conversations about keeping South Western Virginia Training Center open. Members of the money committees are literally writing the budget bill as we speak. Due to timing of deliberations, we are focusing on the House side. EVERYONE on the list does need lots of calls though- right away. Even if you met with them yesterday, it is still important to call.
We will be walking the halls attempting to meet with as many of these legislators as possible, but it is absolutely ESSENTIAL that they their offices receive lots of calls in the next 24-36 hours. If you do not have one of these legislators, please pick one of the legislators (or more) on the list and call anyway. Please be sure to call your Delegate and Senator too, asking them to OPPOSE efforts to keep Training Centers open and SUPPORT community based services. To find out who your legislator is http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/
House Appropriations Committee Members:
Delegate Tom Greason 804-698-1032
Delegate Mark Sickles 804-698-1043
Training Center Bills (if Asked)- SB1551, HB1583, HB1972
Waiting List Budget Amendment Numbers (if asked) 306#11h, 306#10h)
Jamie Liban, The Arc of Virginia