The halls of power in Richmond are loaded with new members after the wave election in November. But that doesn’t mean their proposals are seeing much success.
Being a freshman House member in the minority isn’t easy. You just got here and you’re not sure how it all works. And you have Republicans eager to kill your bills just because you’re new.
Democratic Delegate Lee Carter of Manassas will end the session this year with zero of his bills making it out of the General Assembly. “I thought that making cars stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk was not going to be particularly controversial," Carter said. "Apparently I was mistaken. That is a partisan issue.”
Delegate Elizabeth Guzman of Woodbridge says she hopes Republicans aren’t killing her bills just because she gave the Spanish language response to President Trump’s State of the Union address. “If it’s about a message against me because I retaliated against Trump, I will do it again,” Guzman warned.
When a freshman member finally gets a bill to the floor, House members haze them by asking silly questions. A handful of lawmakers are on the road to ending the session without being hazed.