We have had another busy week in Richmond! My first bill of the 2020 session passed the House floor and is ready to go to the Senate. My committees are working through hundreds of pieces of legislation, and there is plenty of activity on the House floor. I am excited to see what will come in the next few weeks, and look forward to sharing some updates on my legislation.
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:
This week, I defended several of my bills in committee and passed my first bill of 2020 through the House.
HB 408, the Green Job Creation Tax Credit extension, passed the full House this week and will head to the Senate after February 11th. We need to continue to incentivize growth in the green energy sector, and this bill will help to just that.
Tuesday I successfully defended HB 548 to the General Laws Subcommittee on Government and Procurement. This bill passed unanimously, and will help the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services protect the privacy of their investigations and everyone involved in them.
Also on Tuesday, HB 807, which directs insurance companies to provide survivors of domestic abuse or sexual assault alternative ways of receiving their Explanations of Benefits (EOBs) in order to better protect their privacy and overall safety, passed unanimously out of the Labor and Commerce Committee. This bill is crucial to ensure the safety of survivors of assault and abuse, and I am looking forward to seeing it read on the House floor next week.
Yesterday, was very eventful for my legislation. First, the full House Transportation Committee heard HB 411, which would require DMVs to provide information on services available in the Commonwealth to veterans who come in for regular services. The bill passed unanimously, and is headed to full committee next week! Once again, it passed unanimously out of full committee, and is heading to the House floor for its first read.
Updates on I-66:
Two traffic changes are planned for the I-66 West exit to north and southbound Route 123/Chain Bridge Road (Exit 60) beginning on or about this Friday night, Jan. 24, to accommodate reconstruction of the interchange, which will include future access to the I-66 Express Lanes.
· Drivers exiting to Route 123 North toward Oakton will be shifted from the current temporary ramp to the new, permanent northbound ramp;
· Drivers exiting to Route 123 South toward the City of Fairfax will be shifted to the temporary ramp, where two left-turn lanes and a traffic signal will allow access to Route 123 South.
Following this traffic pattern change, the current ramp from I-66 West to Route 123 South will be demolished to allow construction of new ramps. Demolition will occur during daytime hours, when possible. Demolition of the ramp over I-66 will occur during overnight hours when traffic lanes can be closed for the safety of the traveling public. Additional information about demolition and traffic closures will be provided ahead of these overnight activities.
Construction-related detours, and temporary and permanent traffic changes, will continue at the Route 123 interchange through 2022 when the new Express Lanes open. Drivers are reminded to slow down, stay alert and pay attention to lane markings, traffic signal timing and roadway signs at all times.
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 DelKDealney@house.virginia.gov or 703-996-9415.
Meeting with Turkish American Community Leaders Meeting with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
Meeting with Pharmacy Students Meeting with Auto Dealers Advocates