We have passed the halfway point of the 2020 session! During the past six weeks, the House has considered 1,743 bills. All in all, we passed 828 pieces of legislation that will transform how Virginia treats its workers, the environment, women, and children.
In this legislative session, the House has advanced several bills for consideration in the Senate. We have raised the minimum wage so workers can support their families without having to work 2 or 3 jobs to get by.
We have enacted sweeping protections against discrimination for the LGBTQ+ community so all our neighbors have equal rights in Virginia.
We have ratified the ERA, so women are acknowledged as equal to men in the Constitution.
We have passed crucial environmental protections to preserve the Chesapeake Bay and set Virginia on a path to a green future.
We have also passed legislation to increase voter access by extending polling hours, making Election Day a holiday, and repealing voter ID laws that prevent thousands of Virginians from being able to cast a ballot.
Now, we consider the bills the Senate has passed. I am excited to continue working with my colleagues across the hall to create a Virginia that works for all of us.
Additionally, this Sunday the House Appropriations Committee will release its draft budget for our review. I look forward to updating you on our budget in next week's newsletter.
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 legislative session, I introduced a total of 24 bills, on topics ranging from green energy to combatting human trafficking. I am proud of the work my office has done, in conjunction with my colleagues in the House, to get 15 of my bills passed through the chamber. As you know, crossover was on Tuesday, which means all of my bills have been heard and the ones that passed will now be considered by my friends in the Senate.
As promised, here's a rundown of all my bills that passed this House this session:
HB 408:An extension of the Green Job Creation Tax Credit to 2026. As our Commonwealth continues to invest in green energy, it is critical that we incentivize job creation in this sector.
HB 410:A bill to require local school boards to enact policies to alert parents when their child undergoes literacy tests or screening, as well as results that come from those tests. This is vital to ensure that parents are as involved as possible in the education and potential treatment of their children with learning differences.
HB 411: A bill to require DMV to provide information on veterans' services offered in the Commonwealth to anyone that identifies themselves as a veteran while
HB 414: A bill to clarify the definition of "reasonable restrictions" that HOAs place on homeowners seeking to install solar panels on their home. This is critical to ensure that homeowners have the personal freedom to produce their own energy.
HB 415: This bill would require local school boards to enact policies to allow students access to graded work before and/or after their period of suspension. This is necessary to ensure that students are able to keep up with and complete their education.
HB 547:A bill to establish the Virginia Energy and Economy Transition Council, which will help communities historically reliant on fossil fuel production determine their own economic future.
HB 548: A bill to allow the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to conduct their sensitive investigations in the most private way possible, to protect vulnerable parties from scrutiny.
HB 798: A bill that forbids employers from retaliating against employers who rightfully accuse them of fraud and other wrongdoing.
HB 800: A broad system of reforms to address the problem of wage theft in Virginia.
HB 806: A bill to allow the Department of Medical Assistance Services to study new ways the Commonwealth can help survivors of sexual assault pay for their necessary medical expenses.
HB 807: A bill to increase privacy and safety for survivors of abuse and assault by requiring insurance companies to provide alternate methods of delivery for EOBs.
HB 808: A comprehensive reform to provide treatment and transfer services to survivors of sexual assault across the Commonwealth. There are currently very few hospitals in Virginia with forensic nurse examiners on staff who can perform a rape kit on survivors, and this has to change.
HB 983: A bill to allow all emergency vehicles in Virginia to use red lights. This is essential to highway safety, particularly at night.
HB 984: A bill to allow workers who were subject to purposeful misclassification by their employer to seek civil damages for lost wages.
HB 1524: A bill to combat human trafficking by targeting the illicit massage parlor industry in Virginia. Currently, there are over 300 of these trafficking hubs in Virginia, and this is a crucial step to ensure that traffickers are brought to justice and their victims can seek the services they need.
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:
I invite you to meet with me on February 22nd from 10 AM - 12 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.
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.
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 overiew 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.
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.
Important Dates for the Upcoming Presidential Primary:
Now until Saturday, February 29, 2020 - Absentee voting begins.
Now until Saturday, February 29, 2020 - In-person absentee voting is available at the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035) in Conference Rooms 2/3. Click here to view voting hours.
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - In-person absentee satellite locations open, including the Sully Governmental Center (4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA 20151)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - Deadline to apply to receive an Absentee Ballot by mail, fax, and online: 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - Deadline for in-person absentee voting: 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 2020 Democratic Party Presidential Primary Election Day. Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. On Election Day you vote at your polling place. Absentee Ballot return deadline: 7:00 p.m.
For more information about the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Election, click here.
It's Still Flu Season!
Seasonal influenza, commonly referred to as “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. There are two main types of influenza viruses: A and B. Each type includes many different strains that tend to change from year to year. The flu spreads mainly from person to person by droplets from the nose or throat that are released when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every year. Learn more at Flu in Virginia.
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.