Session is moving forward at full speed, and we have passed even more landmark legislation in the House! This week, we finalized ratification of the ERA, passed needed legislation to make it easier to vote, and sent critical gun violence prevention bills to the Senate. Next week promises to be even busier, and I look forward to sharing all our progress with you as we approach crossover.
In this monumental year that we put the rights of women at the center of our conversations, I am proud to be championing legislation that will ensure that women, and all victims of sexual assault, receive proper care when they go to the hospital after an assault. Currently, the state of forensic nursing in the Commonwealth of Virginia is dismal. I am proud to have bipartisan allies in the General Assembly who recognize this issue and are deciding to be leaders to change. You can view our press conference on this issue by clicking the image below.
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, several of my bills addressing everything from workers' rights to environmental protections were heard in committee and on the floor. Here's an update broken down by subject:
Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse:
HB 806: Survivors of sexual assault should receive prompt treatment should not have to worry about how they will pay their medical bills arising from their attack. That's why I'm proud to say that HB 806 passed out of full committee this week, and will head to Appropriations.
HB 807: My bill to help protect the health privacy of survivors unanimously passed the House on Monday and is headed to the Senate. Along with HB 806, this bill is a recommendation of the Commonwealth Crime Commission's study on Forensic Nurse Examiners in Virginia and is designed to make it safer and easier for victims to seek justice.
HB 808: The Sexual Assault Survivors Act, which would make it easier for survivors across the Commonwealth to access necessary treatment and evidence collection services, passed through full committee yesterday! It will now be heard in Appropriations where it can be funded in the budget.
No worker who calls out misconduct should have to fear retaliation from their employer, which is why I am so glad to see that HB 798 passed out of full Labor and Commerce yesterday, along with my bills to prevent wage theft and allow workers who have been misclassified to seek civil action against their employer.
For too long the Commonwealth has allowed these unscrupulous practices to occur in our workplaces, and I am proud to be part of a group of Delegates who is standing up for workers across the Commonwealth. I look forward to defending these bills on the House floor next week.
Promoting a Greener Future:
This legislative session, I introduced HB 547, which would institute the Virginia Energy and Economy Transition Council. The purpose of the Council is to help economies that have historically relied on fossil fuel production transition their economy to a different industry of their choosing. The transition away from fossil fuels is happening, and we should do everything in our power to make that transition as cohesive as possible.
Also, my bill, House Bill 414, that would make it easier for homeowners in HOAs to install solar panels has reported out of Labor and Commerce! Next week I will defend it on the floor, and if it passes, it will pave the way for more families to become energy independent.
Town Hall with Sen. Dave Marsden:
Please join Senator Marsden and Del. Delaney for their joint legislative town hall on Saturday, February 22nd from 1 PM to 3 PM at Cub Run Elementary.
They will provide an update on the happenings of the 2020 Legislative Session, their bills and the state budget.
Please bring questions and curiosities. If you have any questions, concerns or accommodation requests prior to the event, please send them to Denver Supinger at DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov or call 703-996-9415.
Delegate Delaney's Office Hours:
Delegate Delaney invites you to meet with her on February 22nd from 10 AM - 12 PM at Chantilly Regional Library for her 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.
If you are having difficulties signing up or are not able to attend and still wish to share your concerns and comments, please contact Delegate Delaney's office at 703-996-9415 or DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov.
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.
Talking to VOICES Advocates Press Conference on Forensic Nursing Bills
Opening Action Alliance's Lobby Day Speaking to a Bill in Education Full Comittee