Friday, April 11, 2014

PSA: Application Deadline is April 23

I've set a date for the last day I'll be taking applications and it's April 23. That means you still have a week and a half to send in your application if you wish to apply!

Some folks have been having trouble downloading the application on the "Get Your Plate" tab, so if you click this link and fill out the short form, I can email an application and instructions to you:

(Or  click the "Home" tab at the top left of this page.)

My P. O. Box expires at the end of this month, and since it's almost $130 to renew it, I'm happily letting it expire! Let's put an end to this thing! 
(And it'll save me a little dough since I'm obviously paying for that kind of stuff out of pocket.)

Soon after the deadline (I'll allow a few days for the last applications to trickle in), I'll organize all of the applications to the DMV's standards and drive them down to DMV HQ in Richmond where they'll all be counted. Hopefully soon after that, I'll be working with their graphics department to finalize the plate design. Very exciting stuff!

Check back for updates!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SB259 Signed by Governor McAuliffe!

Oh, happy day to us! Governor McAuliffe has signed SB259 and now everything is official and I can breathe a much-needed huge sigh of relief!

As you can see in the photo, the bill is effective July 1st, so plates won't be mailed out until after that. I'll keep you posted as things progress and I have a better time frame in mind.

Now the real celebrating can begin!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

SB259 marked "Approved!"

On Monday of this week, in the middle of Winter Storm Titan, SB259 had its 3rd reading in the Virginia House of Delegates and was passed in a block vote!

Pretty cool that we're the only new license plate to pass this year, eh?
(Apologies for the lack of quality in the video- I took it with my cell phone and not sure why it cut off so much of the left side of the screen. But you get the idea. And I like puns.)

My husband was home (his office closed due to the storm) and happened to walk in just before the reading of the bill, and got to see it pass with me. Then he went downstairs and returned with two glasses of wine so we could celebrate. I was still in the middle of work..... but I don't think the wine hindered my performance ;) 

And... Yes... I've been streaming the daily General Assembly sessions- mostly the Senate- live during the day while I do my work for the past 2 months. I am going to miss the General Assembly when their session ends on Saturday!

This morning when I checked the page that I stalk on a regular basis for updates on SB259 (, I saw that a couple of new things had happened. 


(It now says "Approved"!!) :)

So now it just needs to be signed by the Speaker of the House, and Lt. Governor Northam (whom I absolutely adore after watching all of these Senate sessions), and then it will go over to Governor McAuliffe's desk for the final signature!  

I'll keep ya posted as that happens. Hopefully it will get all of the signatures it needs within the next  couple of days.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Finally! We're moving along again.

This past Monday, I headed down to Richmond once more since our bill was before House Transportation Subcommittee #3. It turns out I didn't need to really do anything... but it was nice to be there again and see what was going on. It was great to see Senator Deeds again as well (I am still amazed at his genuine positive energy and overall happiness- just the kind of person you want to be around), and was able to chat with him when I was MUCH more relaxed and not totally nervous like last time! Last time I was there, it was all firsts....  the first time visiting the Capitol and figuring out where everything was, the first time I was meeting Senator Deeds and his aide after talking with them for well over a year!, and the first time I ever had to go before a committee. I hadn't slept the night before and was excited but freaked out about the whole thing. This time, I knew more about what to expect and was only focused on the excited feelings. No nerves whatsoever.

And because of that, I also got to actually HEAR the vote this time, and knew we successfully passed the subcommittee (6-0).

This morning the Transportation Committee met, and passed SB259 through 22-0, so we're uncontested this time! Yay!!!

So if you check out this link, 
you'll see we're on the calendar for tomorrow (if you scroll way, way down to "Senate Bills on 2nd Reading - UNCONTESTED CALENDAR, THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, HELL YEAH!!!!!" .....okay, the actual calendar doesn't say that last part.). 

They'll probably move them through in a block, which means MONDAY we should have the third and FINAL READING! After that, SB259 will make its way to Governor McAuliffe's desk and after he signs it, I guess I will need to find a new project to occupy me for a few more years. But in the mean time I'll continue verifying everyone's applications and keep folks updated ad things happen- I don't want to get too far ahead of myself and celebrate early and jinx things..............

Let's just say at this point, things are looking very, VERY good! :) I'm a very happy girl and none of this would have been possible without the support of many awesome people.