Things are buzzing in Richmond. I have had several pieces of legislation up before sub and full committees, and am proud that some of them have prevailed and are on their way to the floor of the House of Delegates. One of these pieces of legislation was inspired by a constituent who presented an issue with current Virginia code which would not allow him to meet both the standards of his industry and the law.
House Bill 1677 came to light when a local mechanic attended my office hours. He brought to my attention that current Virginia code does not allow him to drive a car with expired tags beyond a five-mile radius of his shop, while DEQ standards recommend that mechanics must bring cars up to 55 miles per hour while running a diagnostic test. Unfortunately, the roadways five miles around his shop do not allow him to achieve such speeds. So, when he went out to test cars, he could not follow the law and properly test the vehicle and reset the computerized engine.
My bill is a direct response to this problem and increases the radius in which mechanics can drive cars, making it possible for them to follow the law and fulfill their duty to their customers.
Many pieces of good legislation are inspired by everyday people, like you. If you have an issue which is prohibiting you or your businesses from flourishing, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
January Office Hours:
I will be back home int he 67th District for the weekend, and I invite you to meet with me TOMORROW, January 19th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Chantilly Regional Library for my monthly office hours. Office hours will allow constituents of the 67th District to express their concerns or comments on what's happening at the state level and within the district.
Be sure to check Facebook for weather realted schedule changes.
Local Assistance for Furloughed Government Employees:
We are entering the 28th day of the Federal Government shutdown. This shut down is impacting thousands of residents in the Northern Virginia region, leaving them unable to meet their financial obligations and plan for the future. Local governments are providing relief and directing residents to assistance programs. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact Fairfax County's Coordination Services Planning at 703-222-0880. Loudun County is offering food assistance to its residents, you can learn more by click here.
Local service providers are also providing assistance. To learn about what Northern Virginia Family Service is doing to help the region, click here. To learn about what the Greater Washington Community Foundation is doing, click here. And, if you are Coast Guardsmen, click here.
Additionally, a number of local businesses are offering a variety of free services. You can learn about them by clicking here.
Upcoming Winter Weather:
With snow in the forecast this weekend, I want to share VDOT's information on what to do in the case of a snowstorm, safety tips, and best practices. If you experience any snow-related hardships this weekend, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 703-996-9415 or DelkDealney@house.virginia.gov.
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.