For Immediate Release: Delegate Gooditis Passes Bipartisan Bill Preserving Middleburg Tax Cut

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Apr. 2nd, 2018

Delegate Gooditis Passes Bipartisan Bill Preserving Middleburg Tax Cut

RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke County) passed a bill through the General Assembly with broad bipartisan support that permits the town of Middleburg to keep its zero-percent vehicle tax.

HB 1437 amends the Middleburg Town Charter to comply with an arcane law requiring localities’ taxes on business-owned property to be lower than their taxes on personal vehicles. Having abolished it’s vehicle tax, Middleburg needed an exemption because it relies on its business property tax to fund critical services.

Delegate Gooditis worked closely with her Republican colleagues on the bill, including Senator Jill Vogel (R-Frederick), who sponsored a companion bill in the Senate. “Some Republicans were sceptical at first because they thought it was a tax hike,” Gooditis commented. “I kept saying ‘look, this is good-governance. This is bipartisan. This is not a tax hike.’”

Martha Semmes, Middleburg’s Town Administrator, agreed that the bill was a common sense solution. “We were very pleased to have the charter amended so we wouldn’t have to put a tax on motor vehicles” she said, adding “we’re very grateful to Delegate Gooditis for her assistance on the House side.”

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Contact:
Legislative Aide Truman Braslaw

510 388 2318; truman@wendygooditis.com

Delegate Wendy Gooditis was elected to the Virginia General Assembly in November, 2017. A woman of many talents, Wendy has worked as a technologist at Bell Laboratories, made the short list for the U.S. Olympic Team as an equestrian, taught in the Clarke County public schools, and sold real estate. She lives in Boyce, Virginia with her husband, six horses, and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

For Immediate Release: Delegate Gooditis Passes Bill to Encourage Out-of-State Anglers to Cast a Line in Virginia Waters

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Mar. 13th, 2018

Delegate Gooditis Passes Bill to Encourage Out-of-State Anglers to Cast a Line in Virginia Waters

RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke County) passed a bill through the General Assembly this month that encourages anglers and their families to visit the Commonwealth by loosening fishing license requirements for their children.

HB 1151 reduces confusion for families by allowing out-of-state youths under 16 to fish without a license, something already allowed for Virginia residents. Previously, the law required non-residents to obtain a fishing license at the age of 12.

Experts in tourism and outdoorsmanship expect the bill to make Virginia more appealing as a destination for camping and fishing. “The bill should be a boost to tourism. It helps us recruit and retain anglers,” said Tom Guess of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

“This bill will make it so families don’t have to jump through awkward hoops to enjoy angling here in Virginia. We want to families from across the region and the country to come and enjoy our parks and the great natural beauty of the Commonwealth,” said Delegate Wendy Gooditis. “I was happy to work with my colleagues across the aisle to ensure we could get this bill passed.”

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Contact:
Legislative Aide Truman Braslaw

510 388 2318; truman@wendygooditis.com

Delegate Wendy Gooditis was elected to the Virginia General Assembly in November, 2017. A woman of many talents, Wendy has worked as a technologist at Bell Laboratories, made the short list for the U.S. Olympic Team as an equestrian, taught in the Clarke County public schools, and sold real estate. She lives in Boyce, Virginia with her husband, six horses, and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

For Immediate Release: Delegate Gooditis' Bill to Prevent Suicide Unanimously Passes House and Senate

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March. 1st, 2018

Delegate Gooditis’ Bill to Prevent Suicide Unanimously Passes House and Senate

RICHMOND, Va. – A bill to help prevent suicides, authored by Delegate Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke County) unanimously passed both chambers of the General Assembly and is now headed to Governor Northam’s desk.

HB 569 requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to report on its anti-suicide activities annually to the Virginia General Assembly and Governor. The measure has personal significance for Delegate Gooditis, who lost her brother to alcoholism and PTSD two weeks into her candidacy for office.

“Look around you, left and right. There is no one who hasn’t been touched by the scourge of suicide. HB 569 makes it easier to tackle this complex but solvable problem.” said Delegate Gooditis. “I remain committed to solving this issue. I will fight so that no more mothers or fathers or brothers or sisters or uncles or aunts have to lose their loved ones to suicide.”


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Contact:
Legislative Aide Truman Braslaw

510 388 2318; truman@wendygooditis.com

Delegate Wendy Gooditis was elected to the Virginia General Assembly in November, 2017. A woman of many talents, Wendy has worked as a technologist at Bell Laboratories, made the short list for the U.S. Olympic Team as an equestrian, taught in the Clarke County public schools, and sold real estate. She lives in Boyce, Virginia with her husband, six horses, and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

Loudoun Delegation Hits its Stride in Richmond

By: Renss Greene, 

Loudoun’s legislators in the General Assembly this year include a lot of freshmen, but for the most part that hasn’t slowed them down filing bills.

The delegation is pushing bills in the Senate and a newly rebalanced House of Delegates ranging from local problems like tolls on the Dulles Greenway and rural broadband access to statewide issues like redistricting and net neutrality.

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New Dels. Reid, Gooditis Set Their Sights on Change in Richmond

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By: Chantalle Edmunds 

Among the new faces sitting in the House of Delegates in Richmond this week are two Loudoun County lawmakers, Dels. David Reid (D-32nd) and Wendy Gooditis (D-10th), who are both pledging to implement change right away.

Gooditis, a Clarke County Democrat, stunned three-term incumbent Randy Minchew, a well-known local land use attorney, in the western Loudoun-based 10th District in the Nov. 7 elections. She took 51.9 percent of the vote.

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