We are just one day away from crossover, a point in the Legislature when all the bills that pass the House go to the Senate, and the Senate bills come to the house for consideration. We must finish our work on House Bills on Tuesday, and all surviving bills will then go through the entire Senate process, which includes being heard by Senate sub and full committee and being heard on the Senate floor before it heads to the Governor's office to be signed into law.
This week, we have made great progress and passed monumental legislation that will protect all Virginians and make our democracy stronger. We are also days away from voting on an omnibus transportation bill that will allocate significant investments into the transportation infrastructure in our region.
The House of Delegates has also made great strides on increasing voting access in the Commonwealth. We have enthusiastically passed a bill that would make Election Day a holiday in the Commonwealth. This measure, along with bills we passed earlier to expand registration opportunities and access to absentee ballots, will make a meaningful difference in all future elections.
I am pleased to see that both the House of Delegates and Senate passed landmark legislation that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, ensuring that no Virginian is denied thier housing and employment rights.
We are transforming our Commonwealth to a stronger and better place this legislative session. I look forward to these bills to become law.
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 had the honor to speak on the House floor about three of my bills designed to strengthen workers' rights in Virginia. They help tackle the pervasive issues of wage theft, worker misclassification, and retaliation against employees.
House Bill 798: This bill prohibits an employer from discharging, disciplining, threatening, discriminating against, penalizing, or taking other retaliatory action against an employee regarding the employee's compensation, terms, conditions, location, or privileges of employment because the employee (i) reports a violation or suspected violation of any federal or state law or regulation to a supervisor or to any governmental body or law-enforcement official; (ii) is requested by a governmental body or law-enforcement official to participate in an investigation, hearing, or inquiry; (iii) refuses to engage in a criminal act that would subject the employee to criminal liability; (iv) refuses an employer's order to perform an action that the employee believes, which belief has an objective basis in fact, violates any federal or state law or regulation and the employee informs the employer that the order is being refused for that reason; or (v) provides information to or testifies before any governmental body or law-enforcement official conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into any alleged violation by the employer of federal or state law or regulation.
House Bill 800: This bill tackles the issue of wage theft in Virginia by requiring every employer to furnish to its employees, at the time of the employee's hiring, a written disclosure of information regarding the terms of employment, including the name and address of the employer, the rate of pay and basis thereof, and the regular payday. The measure also requires employers to notify its employees in writing of any changes to this information.
House Bill 948: This bill authorizes an individual who has not been properly classified as an employee to bring a civil action for damages against his employer for failing to properly classify the employee if the employer had knowledge of the individual's misclassification. The court may award damages in the amount of any wages, salary, employment benefits, including expenses incurred by the employee that would otherwise have been covered by insurance, or other compensation lost to the individual, a reasonable attorney fee, and the costs incurred by the employee in bringing the action.
These measures passed with bipartisan support. Making these common sense provisions for the protection of employees around the state is long overdue, and I am thankful to my colleagues for working with me on these issues.
By Tuesday, my remaining bills that have not yet made it to the House floor must be considered. Twelve of my bills have already passed the House and are ready to go to the Senate. I look forward to giving you a thorough debrief of all the legislation the great measures that have passed the House next week.
Town Hall with Sen. Dave Marsden:
Please join Senator Marsden and me for our joint legislative town hall on Saturday, February 22nd from 1 PM to 3 PM at Cub Run Elementary (5301 Sully Station Drive Centreville, Virginia 20120).
We will provide an update on the happenings of the 2020 Legislative Session, our 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.
Meeting with Green New Deal Advocates Testifying for my Sexual Assault Survivors Act
Meeting with the Virginia Young Democrats Meeting with Child Advocacy Center Advocates