SEPTEMBER was exceptionally full and busy for our team — as it was for many of you.

With so much rapidly changing, nationwide and here in Virginia (people, politics, pandemic, you name it) over the past 18+ months, we want to briefly pause from the hustle to say Thanks.

It is always a privilege to represent such excellent clients, but as we charge into the last quarter of the year, there’s a particularly gratitude for the collaboration and the partnership that we enjoy with each of you. Not all public and government relations firms are able to say they experience this type of professional relationship; thanks for helping us be a part of the exception.

Cheers to everything still to come –

Davis Consultants

  • Oct. 5 | JCHC Meeting (Study Recommendations for 2022)
  • Oct. 18 | House Appropriations Committee Meeting (Fiscal Update)
  • Oct. 19 | Senate Finance Committee Meeting (Fiscal Update)
  • Nov. 8 | JLARC Meeting (Legislative Recommendations for 2022)
  • Nov. 15 | Prefiling for 2022 Session begins
  • Nov. 29 | Prefile draft request deadline for 2022 Session

While patient details remain private, state figures show benefit of vaccination

After reading The Free Lance–Star’s story Wednesday about local deaths from COVID-19, Debra Hall of Spotsylvania County asked a question that other readers have posed in recent weeks.

“What we’re really wondering is, all these people who are dying, have they been vaccinated or not?” she asked. “I think it’s useful information and it just seems to be something they keep leaving out of the articles.”


'We need the public's help': Healthcare workers overwhelmed by COVID cases

Local health professionals are pleading with the community to do whatever it can to stay healthy this fall and winter as COVID-19 cases continue to overwhelm local hospitals and other medical facilities.

With the more contagious delta variant prompting hospitalizations for all ages day after day, Valley Health staff are challenged to find beds for everyone in the Emergency Department and the Intensive Care Unit.


Virginia delays launch of new unemployment system after auditors warned of ‘major risks’

The Virginia Employment Commission says it’s delaying the launch of a new unemployment insurance system. The announcement comes a week after legislative auditors warned of “major project risks” associated with the upgrade.


Monacan tribe buys $5.5M Monroe property with future development planned

The Monacan Indian Nation recently purchased more than 1,000 acres on Laurel Cliff Road in Monroe for $5.5 million, a move that ties into the Amherst County-based tribe’s plans for development opportunities its chief said will benefit the Monacans and the county.


Virginia expands Amtrak service to downtown Richmond as part of $3.7 billion rail program

Virginia is expanding Amtrak service in downtown Richmond this week that links to the nation’s capital, the first of multiple service enhancements planned as part of the state’s new multibillion-dollar rail expansion program.


Virginia’s decades-old barrier crime laws are facing a federal court challenge

Virginia legislators have spent years failing to reform restrictive barrier crime laws. Now, the state is being sued over them.

At issue are decades-old statutes that prohibit many providers — mostly those licensed by the Department of Health, Department of Social Services and Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services — from hiring applicants with certain criminal histories. Some of the same laws are shared by other states and the federal government, which prohibits sex offenders, for example, from working with children. 


REDISTRICTING: Southwest and Southside will lose two House seats under new plans

RICHMOND – As the Virginia Redistricting Commission continues its work on state House maps, it’s even more clear that the political influence of Southwest and Southside is continuing to wane with the loss of House seats because of a dwindling population.


STATEWIDE | McAuliffe, Youngkin hold fiery debate on vaccinations, taxes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed Tuesday evening over vaccinations, tax policy, education and their respective records in the second and final debate in Virginia’s closely watched gubernatorial election.


ASSEMBLY | Two senior Democratic senators might be retiring. Their districts are being redrawn accordingly.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw and Sen. Janet Howell, who chairs the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, haven’t said for sure they won’t run again in 2023. But the Virginia Redistricting Commission is drawing lines like they aren’t.


U.S. Senate passes bill to prevent government shutdown, send out $28.6B in disaster aid

WASHINGTON — Congress made a last-minute dash to avert a government shutdown on Thursday, with the U.S. Senate approving a short-term spending bill just hours ahead of a midnight deadline.


U.S. House passes bill aimed at protecting the Great Dismal Swamp

The House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at protecting the Great Dismal Swamp.

The bill would direct the Secretary of the Interior to consider designating the Great Dismal Swamp and sites associated with it as a National Heritage Area. It’s sponsored by Rep. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, whose district includes portions of Suffolk and Chesapeake containing the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.


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