Charlottesville League of Women Voters Hosts Annual Luncheon

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With the 2013 legislative session starting up next week, lawmakers gathered to talk issues that will affect central Virginia. 

The League of Women Voters held their annual legislative luncheon at the Boar's Head Inn Friday afternoon.  Legislators talked about the ideas they are pushing when the general assembly convenes this coming Wednesday.

Almost 100 people came out to listen to several legislators' ideas and propose some of their own.  

Senator Creigh Deeds, Delegate Rob Bell, and Delegate David Toscano came out to speak at the event. All three touched on a variety of issues, including education, health care, voter registration rights and taxes. 

Each legislator had seven minutes for comments and the rest of the lunch was dedicated to answering questions from the audience.  

Senator Deeds brought the state budget and the effects of the fiscal cliff to the top of his agenda.

"Now what sequestration could mean for Virginia is that we could lose over 200,000 jobs.  That would create huge holes in our revenue streams and it makes budgeting very difficult.  The lack of certainty about what's going to happen at the federal level means the budgeting job is going to be tough for Virginia this year," said Deeds.  

The League of Women Voters has held this event every year for over 20 years. All the lawmakers at Friday's luncheon said it was important to hear from their constituents and have a grasp on what matters most going into the upcoming legislative session in Richmond.