We are coming to the end of a very long, but rewarding legislative session. The House has considered almost 2,000 bills, covering everything from worker protections to dramatically increasing transportation funding and safety, and I am happy to have played a part in this historic session.
From the beginning of my time in the House, I have strived to work across the aisle and craft legislation that truly benefits all members of the Commonwealth. This year I introduced 24 bills, and I hope to have passed 11 total pieces of legislation through the House and Senate by the time we finish. The legislative process is highly deliberative and requires that we build consensus among stakeholders, constituents, and our fellow members. Most bills go through three or more drafts before are ready to be voted on by the whole body. My legislation was no different - my staff and I worked long hours to ensure that every piece of legislation that I patroned was fit to be put in our code. And that work paid off. Of my passed legislation, I am proud to say that the majority of it passed with strong, bipartisan support.
Soon I will be heading home to the 67th District. As I mentioned in last week's newsletter, I am planning many events in the district, some of which are listed below. Stay tuned on my website and to this newsletter to keep up with these events as they are finalized. I will also start researching and drafting legislation for next year. If you have ideas or concerns from your community that you think would make good pieces of legislation, I encourage you to reach out to my office to set up a meeting to explore your options. Some of the best bills come directly from my constituents, so I am eager to hear what you would like me to work on in the future.
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:
Throughout my time in the House of Delegates, I have worked to keep the promises I made to you. From growing our green economy and leveling the playing field for Virginia's workers, to protecting our children and standing up for survivors of sexual assault, I am proud of the work I've done for our communities in Richmond.
Transitioning to a Greener Future:
HB 408: This bill extends the sunset date of the Green Job Creation Tax Credit to 2025. As we make our transition to green energy sources, it is vital that we continue to incentivize businesses to create good-paying jobs in this sector.
HB 414: This bill makes it easier for homeowners in HOAs to install solar panels on their homes and take control of their energy future. The legislation says that unreasonable restrictions imposed by HOAs against homeowners wishing to install solar are those that would decrease efficiency on the devices by 10% or increase the installation price by 5%.
Leveling the Playing Field for our Workers:
HB 984: This bill allows workers who were misclassified to seek civil damages against their employer who wrongfully classified them. This would allow workers an opportunity to recoup lost wages and other employment benefits that they were entitled to. This is a meaningful accompaniment to other misclassification legislation we have passed this session, and will make our Commonwealth a better place to work.
Protecting our Children and Veterans:
HB 410: This bill requires local school boards to enact policies to inform parents if and when their child undergoes literacy screening or receives services for a possible learning difference. I have worked with many parents in my district and across the Commonwealth to ensure that all parents are informed of testing and treatment their child undergoes at school, so they can be as involved as possible in their children's education.
HB 411: This bill requires local DMVs to provide information on veteran services available in the Commonwealth to individuals who self-identify as veterans when they come in for routine DMV transactions. Providing this information to our veteran community will help educate them on the programs available to them and help ease their transition back to civilian life.
HB 415: This bill requires local school boards to enact policies that would allow suspended students access to graded work during or after their suspension. I was alerted that many school districts in the Commonwealth do not allow suspended students access to their graded work, which puts them in danger of falling woefully behind on their education.
Standing up for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking:
HB 806: This bill creates a work group that will examine ways in which the Commonwealth can help survivors of sexual assault and violence with their incredibly costly medical bills following an attack. This is one of the legislative recommendations that came out of a study I commissioned last year to examine the state of forensic nursing in Virginia.
HB 807: This bill asks health insurance companies to provide alternate delivery methods for EOBs. Oftentimes, survivors of domestic or sexual violence are afraid to seek treatment for their injuries because their EOB may be mailed to their home, where they may reside with their abuser. With this legislation, survivors are afforded more privacy when seeking sensitive healthcare treatment and will avoid retaliation by their abuser. This bill was also a recommendation from the work group I commissioned last year on forensic nursing. This bill, along with my HB 806, are critical steps we need to ensure that more individuals come forward to seek treatment and justice for their assaults and abuse.
HB 808: The Sexual Assault Survivors Act is a landmark piece of legislation that requires hospitals to set up treatment and transfer services for survivors of sexual assault. Currently, there are very few hospitals in the Commonwealth that employ forensic nurses, the professionals who perform evidence collection on crime victims. Many survivors in Virginia may have to drive hours across the state to find a hospital with a forensic nurse, which discourages many from getting a forensic examination. Results from forensic exams are crucial to have if they would like to press charges against their assailant. Requiring hospitals across the state to have treatment or transfer services available to survivors is critical to ensuring every survivor has access to justice.
HB 1524: This bill will address the illicit massage industry in Virginia, a notorious hotbed for human trafficking. Under current law, these businesses and the practices they employ are not illegal, so law enforcement officials have no recourse to investigate them and bring traffickers to justice.
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.
Community-Wide Energy and Climate Action Plan Focus Group Meeting:
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Sully Governmental Center (4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA 20151) in the Frank Room
The Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) Focus Group for the Sully District will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the McDonnell Room at the Sully District Governmental Center (4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA 20151). All meetings conducted by the CECAP Task Force and District Focus groups are open to be attended by the public. Residents will also have opportunities to provide input at four community meetings and an online survey once a draft of the CECAP has been prepared. For the latest updates and meeting materials, visit the Fairfax County CECAP website: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/environment-energy-coordination/cecap.
Fairfax County 2020 Teen Job Fairs:
Saturday, March 14, 2020
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Chantilly High School (4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, VA 20151)
This event will focus on student job seekers (approximately ages 16 to 18) looking for full time employment, after-school employment, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, or volunteer experiences. It is open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment or wanting tips to build their resume. Volunteer opportunities and resume building workshops will be available for younger students looking to begin to build their resume. For more information about the 2020 Teen Job Fairs, 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.
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.
Meeting with the Loudoun South Little League team, joined by other members of the Loudoun Delegation