We're in the home stretch of the 2020 legislative session! Over the past 8 weeks, we have made historic change on behalf of our environment, working families, and vulnerable members of our community.
I have worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass a variety of bipartisan solutions for the 67th District, and all of Virginia. I have worked side-by-side with many stakeholder groups and advocates, and I want to take the opportunity now to thank them for their hard work and their patience. I also want to thank all the constituents who came to my office or called to make their voice heard on a wide variety of issues facing the Commonwealth. Many pieces of legislation were influenced by your advocacy. When I return to the district, I look forward to continuing these conversations with each of you. I have also started planning some very exciting district events for the summer, and I will keep you posted as more details solidify.
In the final week of session, we will continue to pass Senate bills and vote on bills that have been sent to conference. Bills currently in conference have differences between the House and Senate versions of the bills, and their patrons will hopefully come to a consensus on what version to send to both chambers for a final vote. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, and I look forward to seeing the outcomes of this last week of session.
As always, I am here to help you and hear your concerns, comments or questions. Do not hesitate to contact me at 703-996-9415 or DelkDelaney@house.virginia.gov. Thank you for allowing me the privilege to serve as your House Delegate.
Status of my Legislation:
As we finish this legislative session, I am continuing to defend my bills in front of Senate committees and on the Senate floor. In addition to the bills that passed last week, I am proud to say that three more of my bills have passed the Senate and are headed to the Governor's desk to become law on July 1.
HB 410:This bill requires local school boards to alert parents when their children undergo literacy screening so parents can be involved with their child's education at every step. Thank you to all the advocates from Decoding Dyslexia who worked so hard to draft this bill and ensure that it got passed with little to no opposition.
HB 414:This bill clarifies restrictions that homeowners in HOAs face when they attempt to place solar panels on their home. Under this law, a restriction would be deemed unreasonable if it decreases the unit's efficiency by 10% or increases the price of the installation by 5%.
HB 415:This bill would require local school boards to institute procedures for providing students who have been suspended with access to their graded work. This provision is essential to ensuring all students have the opportunity to complete their education on a reasonable timeline.
Next week, I will provide a full update on all my legislation that passed the House and the Senate. Thus far, I am so proud of the work we have done together for the environment, for our workers, and for survivors of sexual assault. We are making true positive change for all Virginians, and I am thrilled to have played a part in this historic session.
Town Hall with Sen. Bell and Del. Subramanyam:
Please join Senator Bell, Delegate Subramanyam and me for our joint legislative town hall on Monday, March 30th from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Gum Springs Library.
We will provide an overview of the 2020 Legislative Session and will discuss the new laws coming to Virginia July 1.
Please bring questions and curiosities. If you have any questions, concerns or accommodation requests prior to the event, please send them to Tess Bettler at DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov or call 703-996-9415.
Post-Session Town Hall with Sen. Chap Petersen:
Please join Delegate Karrie Delaney and Senator Chap Petersen for their join post-session town hall on Thursday, April 23rd from 7 PM - 9 PM in the Chantilly Regional Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151).
The Senator and Delegate will provide an overview of the 2020 General Assembly legislative session, provide insights on what happened during the reconvene session, and will address any questions or concerns you may have.
We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd. If you have any questions or concerns, or cannot attend on the 23rd but still have questions, please contact the Delaney office at 703-996-9415 or DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov.
Comment on Fairfax Connector May 2020 Service Changes:
Bridge demolition at Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) and Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286)
Constructing bridge foundations at Route 29, Route 28, Waples Mill Road, Jermantown Road, Route 123, Vaden Drive, and I-495
Small charge dynamite operations along I-66 East and West near Route 28
Bridge deck work for new collector-distributor road over Route 234 Business (Sudley Road), new Route 28 bridges over I-66, and new Poplar Tree Road bridge over Route 28
Relocating water lines at Jermantown Road, Stringfellow Road, and Gallows Road
Constructing new utility duct bank and relocating underground utilities along I-66 East
Constructing retaining walls along I-66 and Route 28
Corridor-wide roadway maintenance as needed
Braddock Road Updates:
Comment on Braddock Road and Old Lee Road Safety and Operational Improvements Study: The study is assessing potential improvements at two locations along Braddock Road in Chantilly.
Concepts being studied include:
Enhancements at the Braddock Road and Old Lee Road intersection, including turn lanes and potential innovative intersection improvements.
Realignment of the S-curve on Braddock Road between Pleasant Valley and Old Lee roads.
Send comments to VDOT by Friday, March 6, 2020. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail comments to Mr. Andrew Beacher, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.
2020 Paving and Restriping Program Public Meeting:
Monday, March 2, 2020
Sully Governmental Center (4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA 20151) in the McDonnell Room
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)'s Northern Virginia Paving Program improves hundreds of miles of roads in Fairfax County every year. VDOT and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) use this program as an opportunity to increase driver, bicyclist, and pedestrian safety with road and crosswalk improvements while minimizing the financial investment in restriping work.
The community is invited to provide feedback by attending a public meeting, or by submitting comments online. The deadline for public comments is Monday, March 16, 2020 for the Sully District meeting.
Comments on proposed striping modifications can be submitted electronically to FCDOT; forms will be available with a list of proposed projects for all districts prior to every public meeting. Check the project pages, which will list proposed streets to be paved, restriping plans, and safety information.
Paving-related comments should be submitted through the myVDOT portal. Unfortunately, no additional roads can be added to the preliminary 2020 paving schedule at this point. If you would like to request road repairs, follow the "I need a road repaired" link on the VDOT portal or call 1-800-367-7623.
For more information about the 2020 Paving and Restriping Program, click here.
The 2020 Census:
In case you missed it, the 2020 Census is rapidly approaching! It is so important that you fill out your census form when it arrives to your home so that you are properly counted. Census data is strictly confidential and will not be shared. The data is simply used to determine congressional districts, as well as funding for critical government programs.
Here are the important dates coming up for the Census:
March 12 - 20: Households will begin receivingofficial Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
April: Census takers will begin visiting college students, senior centers, and people who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
Important Dates for the Upcoming Presidential Primary:
Now until Saturday, February 29, 2020 - Absentee voting begins.
Now until Saturday, February 29, 2020 - In-person absentee voting is available at the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035) in Conference Rooms 2/3. Click here to view voting hours.
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - In-person absentee satellite locations open, including the Sully Governmental Center (4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA 20151)
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - Deadline for in-person absentee voting: 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 2020 Democratic Party Presidential Primary Election Day. Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. On Election Day you vote at your polling place. Absentee Ballot return deadline: 7:00 p.m.
For more information about the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Election, click here.
Great to See You!
It's great to reconnect with you all in Richmond! If you're ever down in the Capitol region, please be sure to stop by and say hello. You can reach out to my office at DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov or 703-996-9415.