In The Press
Del. Luke Torian has been chosen to lead one of the Virginia House of Delegates’ most powerful committees: that which helps hammer out the annual state budget. . . . “I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve in this capacity and humbled that the speaker-designee would recognize the work I have done.”
“Under reduced revenues and challenging circumstances for the people of Virginia, this budget offers a roadmap toward a safer, healthier, more just and equitable commonwealth,” said Del. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
Even though state revenues are down significantly, the bay is essential economically and ecologically, said House Appropriations Committee chairman Luke Torian, D-Prince William.
“We were called into Special Session with the mandate to close a $2.8 billion shortfall while tackling the economic and public health demands of the pandemic and making overdue reforms to our criminal justice system. This budget achieves that,” wrote Del. Luke Torian (D-Prince William), the chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
“The pandemic has hit our most vulnerable citizens the hardest, exacerbating the divide between the haves and the have nots,” said Del. Luke Torian, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. “It is our responsibility to help this population.”
Democratic lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a bill that would let voters correct mistakes on absentee ballot envelopes, direct registrars and localities to set up drop off locations and provide $2 million in prepaid postage for the return of absentee ballots.
“Any changes we make to facilitate secure and efficient voting must be put in place as soon as possible in time for the election,” says committee chair Delegate Luke Torian.
“Surprise medical bills can cause financial instability and unfairly put patients in the middle of provider-insurer disputes,” added Torian. “I am proud we were able to come together in Virginia to pass a solution that takes patients out of the middle, ensures health care providers are reimbursed for the care they provide, and protects Virginia families. Now, insured Virginians will be able to access health care with confidence, knowing there won’t be a surprise bill coming if a treatment or provider wasn’t covered under their insurance plan.”
House Appropriations Chairman Luke Torian, D-Prince William, is intensifying pressure on Gov. Ralph Northam to use federal emergency coronavirus aid to provide hazard pay and paid leave to health attendants who have no backup if they get sick while caring for elderly and disabled Virginians in their homes. . . . “Some may wonder whether the roadblocks to providing this pandemic support to home care workers would be more easily navigated if the vast majority were not double minorities,” he said in the two-page letter. “Women of color are, still, being asked to care for our most vulnerable without adequate protection or just compensation for themselves. . . . Home care workers have told us what they need,” he said. “Federal funding allows us to meet their requests while our state budget remains in limbo.”
House of Delegates Appropriations Committee Chair Luke Torian, D-Prince William, issued a statement Thursday that he is “pleased to see these numbers, all things considered. This does not mean we’re looking ahead to the same comfortable biennium that we were last January. Better-than-expected, in this case, is still a long way from 2019 forecasts. Virginia households are still hurting.”
“Home care workers cannot practice social distancing in the workplace, and they cannot stop going to work,” House Appropriations Chairman Luke Torian, D-Prince William, wrote to Northam last month in support of a request for aid by the Service Employees International Union, which represents the attendants. “Not only do their patients rely on their care, but the low pay does not facilitate an unpaid leave of absence,” Torian told the governor.
The new law, known as the Community Policing Act, was sponsored by Del. Luke Torian, D-52nd, of Woodbridge, and approved by the General Assembly in March. It prohibits the Virginia State Police and local police and sheriff’s departments from engaging in bias-based profiling and requires officers to collect and report additional data pertaining to motor vehicle or investigatory stops that will be compiled in a statewide database.
“We made history today,” Del. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said in a statement. “This session the Appropriations Committee worked to create a budget that would reflect the values and the needs of all Virginians. We aimed to raise employee compensation, increase workforce equity, and make health care and higher education more accessible for all Virginians.”
“Our budget includes significant investments in education, affordable health care, and workers’ rights. We are increasing equitable access to higher education through a historic funding package,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Luke Torian, D-Prince William.
“This budget is the most progressive in Virginia’s history,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Luke Torian, D-Woodbridge, said in a news release. “It will guard Virginia’s AAA bond rating and shore up our reserves while advancing equity of opportunity across the Commonwealth and helping rather than hindering every Virginian’s ability to thrive.”
Carried by Senator Barbara Favola and Delegate Luke Torian, the new legislation says when an insurance company and a medical provider can’t agree on the cost of a service, they may seek to have the State Corporation Commission arbitrate the case.
“For too long Virginia has touted our status as a top state to do business while neglecting the rights and opportunities of those working in the Commonwealth,” House Appropriations Chair Luke Torian said in a statement Monday.
House Appropriations Committee chairman Luke Torian, D-Prince William, whose balance billing legislation was one of the bases for the compromise, said patients should be able to get care without getting a surprise bill afterwards. “Surprise bills can cause financial instability for Virginia families and unfairly put patients in the middle of provider-insurer disputes,” he said in a statement.
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