Supervisor Franklin Announces Amendment to State Legislation Allowing Prince William to Create its Own Health Department

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Provided by Supervisor Margaret Angela Franklin’s Office

Supervisor Margaret Angela Franklin announced that Governor Northam has submitted an amendment to state legislation that would allow Prince William County to operate its own public health department. The original legislation passed unanimously in both houses of the legislature. The General Assembly will need to vote and adopt the amendment at its April 7 Veto Session.

“This is an important step forward in helping Prince William County take greater care of our residents. Creating our own health department will ensure that Prince William County residents have the necessary resources to access health care services,” Supervisor Franklin said.

In October 2020 Supervisor Franklin issued a directive to county staff to study and propose a plan for the creation of a local health department in view of the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to better manage and control our local resources for the care of our residents.

Supervisor Margaret Angela Franklin was elected to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors on Nov. 5, 2019. She is among the first African American women to serve on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors (BOCS). She was also elected to serve as Chair Pro-Temp of the BOCS, Chair of OmniRide, and Member of Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Operations Board. She is a member of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, Prince William County Chapter.


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