This week was crossover week, where all remaining house bills were heard, discussed, and voted on. Between Monday and Tuesday, we voted on more than 500 bills. Three of these bills addressed how to handle the tax windfall Virginia will receive due to changes to the federal tax structure, tax conformity, and our budget for fiscal year 2020.
Our primary focus continues to be on tax conformity and the budget. We continue to work on agreements for bills that will address standard deductions on Virginia state taxes, tax conformity which will ease the tax filing process for Virginians and allow us to send tax refunds in a timely manner, and finally, House Bill 1700, also known as the "budget bill," which passed out of the House of Delegates with my support.
This bill implements a 5 percent salary increase for our teachers and support staff, appropriates funding for school construction, invests in stormwater local assistance programs, provides funding for a broadband program which will provide rural parts of Virginia with internet access, provides funding for school counselors which will decrease the student to counselor ratio, invests in undergraduate financial aid, and much more. You can click here to see the budget bill and the approved amendments.
Of course, all of this work is going forward in the shadow of the turmoil surrounding our statewide leaders. While these issues are still-unfolding, I havemade and will continue to make, statements that condemn racism and stand with survivors. While actively monitoring these situations, we legislators are extremely focused on doing the job our constituents elected us to do - passing legislation that solves problems and moves Virginia forward.
As we wrap up the 2019 legislative session in the next two weeks. I will continue to advocate for the voices of the 67th District and will stand strong with the values we hold.
I am proud to see eight of my of my bills, six of which were unanimous, pass out of the House of Delegates and crossover to the Senate. These bills will go through a similar committee process in the Senate and, once they pass out of committee, will come to the Senate floor for a final vote. As these bill progress through the Senate, I will continue to advocate for their passage and fight to secure these protections for some of our most vulnerable populations. You can read about my eight bills in the graphic below.
February Office Hours:
I invite you to meet with me on February26th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Chantilly Regional Library for my monthly office hours. Office hours allow constituents of the 67th District to express their concerns or comments on what's happening at the state level and within the district.
Want to track bills during the 2018 General Assembly Session? Be sure to sign-up for Lobbyist in A Box. This program allows you to track up to 5 bills for no charge. You will receive email notifications when the bills are referred to a House or Senate Committee, passed or failed, and referred to the House or Senate floor.
This program will provide you the opportunity to stay up to date with the progression of legislation that matters to you.
Thank You For Stopping By!:
I want to thank everyone who visited my office this week. It is always a pleasure to meet with constituents and advocacy groups. 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 inviting you to sit in the Gallery during the session.
Meeting with members of AAUW Meeting with a 67th District Resident
Meeting with members of Virginia Jewish Communities