Delaney Dispatch (May 25, 2018)
The House of Delegates planned to go down to Richmond on Wednesday to vote on a final budget. Unfortunately, despite sending a budget over to the Virginia Senate over five weeks ago, they have failed to adopt a budget in which we could work on. We will remain without a budget for at least another week.
Delaney Dispatch (April 19, 2018)
Yesterday my colleagues and I were down to Richmond for reconvene session, where we took into consideration the Governor's vetos and recommendations.
Delaney Dispatch (April 11, 2018)
Today my colleagues and I headed down to Richmond for the 2018 General Assembly Special Session to begin the process of reconciling the Senate and House of Delegates budgets, which includes Medicaid expansion and salary increases for our educators
Delaney Dispatch (March 29, 2018)
The 2018 General Assembly Session ended less than three weeks ago, yet during this short period of time, our region has experienced two wintry storms and one large nation-wide march. There's always something exciting happening in the 67th House District, and I couldn't imagine representing a better area.
Delaney Dispatch (March 9, 2018)
As session comes to a close, I want to reiterate my thankfulness for your support and providing me the distinct privilege of serving as your Virginia House Delegate. The past sixty days have been intense, yet we have been able to hear over 5,000 pieces of legislation and hundreds of innovative ideas on how we can better our Commonwealth.
Delaney Dispatch (March 2, 2018)
With the end of the 2018 General Assembly session only 8 days away, anxiety lingers on how the Senate and the House of Delegates will reconcile their budgets. I am proud to say that I voted for House Bill 30, a biennium budget bill which expands Medicaid
, strengthens our public education systems, provides our teachers and state employees with raises, and invests in our higher education institutions and students. Main differences between the two proposed budgets include the following:
Delaney Dispatch (February 23, 2018)
I am proud to announce that the House has passed a budget that includes the expansion of Medicaid, which would provide 300,000 more Virginians with healthcare. This was one of my main promises during our campaign, and I am happy to say that we have delivered it in the House of Delegates. The endorsed Medicaid expansion budget amendment was a bipartisan effort to protect some of our most vulnerable people.
Many have expressed concern about the work requirement noted in the bill. I recognized that this provision is not perfect, but was a compromise that was needed to ensure that 400,000 individuals were insured. There are many subsets of individuals who will be exempt from the work requirement. They include, those who are disabled, under the age of 18, over 55, reside in institutions, determined medically frail, diagnosed with a mental illness, pregnant and postpartum women, former foster children under 26 and primary caregivers.
Delaney Dispatch (February 16, 2018)
The tragedy our nation faced on Wednesday with the slaying 17 innocent souls in Parkland County, Flordia is heartbreaking. No child should have to live in fear for their life, especially at school. Our children should be provided a space where they are nurtured, loved, and taught how to critically think and grow. Unfortunately, at this time, this is not a reality for many children in our nation.
I have been a proponent for bipartisanship in the Virginia Legislature and have worked with the other side of the aisle to ensure that we are passing policy that is focused on progressing the Commonwealth, not our personal political parties. In the wake of this tragedy, we need to focus on solutions rather than retreating to our corners and blaming the other side. We need to come to the table in search for a solution which will address the epidemic of violence in our nation.
Delaney Dispatch (February 9, 2018)
We are already halfway through the 2018 General Assembly Session, meaning that by next week all bills which have passed out of the House of Delegates will be on their way to the Senate. I am happy to announce that my first bill will be heard by the Senate on Monday and am hopeful that there are more to come. As the House begins to hear the Senate bills, our Chamber will have to make sure that the health of the Commonwealth is the main focus and that we are casting votes that keep the wellbeing our citizens at heart.
With crossover just around the corner, I was happy to go back home this weekend to be with my family and attend the Chinese New Year Festival in Falls Church. It was great to see some of you there, as well as some of my other House of Delegate Colleagues...
Delaney Dispatch (February 2, 2018)
Having worked with children in the foster care system, I have seen first hand the impact that displacement has on a child. The act of removing a child from their home can be traumatic and can affect the mental well-being of the child. When finding a placement for a child, advocates and the courts try to identify family members who can take them in. Far too often, these family members are grandparents or other relatives who are not financially secure enough to take on the costs associated with supporting a child and they are then directed to the foster care system.
The need for kinship guardianship assistance has brought about bipartisan attention. I am proud to work with Delegate Emily Brewer and am chief co-patron on her bill, House Bill 1333, which would provide the same financial assistance given to foster parents to those providing kinship care. You can read an article covering the importance of Delegate Brewer's and my bills on the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program by clicking here.
This bill has the potential to change the long-term health of many children in the Commonwealth and will contribute to the stability of hundreds of children's lives. I look forward to working with my colleague from across the aisle as we advocate to secure funding for kinship guardianship.
Delaney Dispatch (January 25, 2018)
During my campaign, I knocked on thousands of doors and heard from many of you about the importance of investing in early childhood education. Ensuring the success of our children is something that I, and many of you, am continually advocating for. This is why I have introduced House Bill 109, which will ask the three remaining Virginia localities without full-day kindergarten for all students to develop a plan to fund and phase-in a full-day kindergarten program for each student in their school division.
We know the positive impact early childhood education has on our youth and how early intervention yields great results for students as they progress in school. The fact that some of our youth are starting on a different playing field than others simply due to not being provided the opportunity to attend full-day kindergarten is something we all should advocate to end.
I am hopeful that my legislation, House Bil 109, will encourage the three reaming localities to prioritize education and form a practical and timely plan to provide all students with all-day kindergarten. As I advocate for this cause in the House of Delegates, I ask that you also advocate for this bill by spreading the word or contacting other elected officials.
Delaney Dispatch (January 19, 2018)
I am happy to announce that I am championing a piece of legislation, HB1419, which would increase elementary student's access to recess- an evidence-based approach to enhancing academic performance in the classroom.
House Bill 1419 will modify the minimum instructional hours dedicated to the four core academic disciplines and will allow local school boards the authority to include unstructured recreational time into the calculation of total teaching hours. This bill aims to provide elementary students with opportunities to develop social skills while allowing them time to regain the focus needed to excel during the school day. This issue has been something that I have repetitively heard about from residents like you. Our children need and deserve time during the school day to release their energy and be active. Allowing local school boards to incorporate more unstructured recreational time into their elementary curriculum can result in our children having more focus and productivity in the classroom.
I look forward to fighting for more recess for our child and encourage you to advocate for the cause by either coming down to Richmond to testify when it is up before sub and full committee or by spreading the word and asking your neighbors and friends to lobby their local legislators to support this bill.
Delaney Dispatch (January 12, 2018)
This week marked the start of the 2018 General Assembly Session. On Wednesday, my 99 colleagues and I took our oath of office and have hit the ground running.e. I am so honored to have the privilege to serve you and Commonwealth of Virginia. As I support legislation that will progress the state of the Commonwealth, I welcome open conversations about the issues that are important to you. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at either 804-698-1067 or DelKDelaney@virginia.house.gov with any thoughts or concerns.
Additionally, If you are planning a trip to Richmond during the legislative session, please be sure to reach out to my office. I would thoroughly enjoy having you as my guest, providing you with tours of the Capitol and allowing you to sit in the Gallery during session.