Happy budget week! As you may know, this session we are crafting the next biennium budget for the Commonwealth. Over the past weeks, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have been diligently examining member requests for amendments to the Governor's proposed budget, and they released their report last Sunday.
Yesterday we debated and voted on the individual amendments made by the House Appropriations Committee. Then, with all the amendments considered, we passed the Budget Bill with strong bipartisan support.
The budget we have put forth makes much needed investments to move Virginia forward while maintaining the Commonwealth's strong reputation for fiscal responsibility. We are investing heavily in our education system, giving teachers the raises they deserve and making sure every child has the resources they need to succeed. Additionally, we are investing millions of dollars in our roads to help alleviate traffic congestion and spur the development of more public transit options. We have also authorized a large investment in our state health and human services programs to make sure that every Virginian has access to quality care. And finally, we have put a historic amount of money into the Commonwealth's rainy day fund, so that we are prepared for any challenges the future may hold.
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:
As you know, I have 15 bills that passed the House and are being considered by the Senate. So far, four of my bills have passed the whole Senate and are headed to the Governor's desk. Here's a recap of what has passed both chambers so far:
HB 408: An extension of the Green Jobs Tax Credit, a necessary step to incentivize the creation of good-paying jobs in this rapidly growing field.
HB 548: A bill to allow the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to protect the privacy of those involved in their sensitive investigations.
HB 807: A bill to require health insurance companies to alternative delivery methods for explanations of benefits when requested.
HB 984: A bill to allow workers to take an employer who has knowingly misclassified them to court and seek civil damages.
Additionally, my bill to outlaw the illicit massage business in Virginia (HB 1524) passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week and is headed to the Senate floor! For many years, we have not been able to pass this needed legislation that would help survivors of human trafficking get the services they need and put traffickers behind bars.
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.
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 overview 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.
Post-Session Town Hall with Sen. Chap Petersen:
Please join Delegate Karrie Delaney and Senator Chap Petersen for their join post-session town hall on Thursday, April 23rd from 7 PM - 9 PM in the Chantilly Regional Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151).
The Senator and Delegate will provide an overview of the 2020 General Assembly legislative session, provide insights on what happened during the reconvene session, and will address any questions or concerns you may have.
We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd. If you have any questions or concerns, or cannot attend on the 23rd but still have questions, please contact the Delaney office at 703-996-9415 or DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov.
Drivers exiting from I-66 East to Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) North toward Oakton will use a new ramp and traffic signal beginning on or about Friday night, Feb. 21.
Traffic heading to Route 123 North will use the current exit from I-66 East to Route 123 South, then stay to the left to use two signal-controlled turn lanes to turn left onto northbound Route 123. Traffic on I-66 East heading to Route 123 South will stay to the right using the existing exit ramp.
Implementing the traffic shift will require lane closures and stoppages on Friday night, Feb. 21. A single lane on Route 123 North and South will be closed between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. The ramp from I-66 East to Route 123 will be closed between midnight and 5 a.m. Traffic will be detoured farther east to Route 243 (Nutley Street) North, stay to the right for I-66 West, then follow signs to Route 123 North or South.
The old loop ramp from I-66 East to Route 123 North will be demolished to allow construction of Express Lanes ramps and a shared-use path at the redesigned Route 123 Interchangeas part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project. Drivers should be alert for changing traffic patterns and the new traffic signal. Drivers are reminded to slow down and pay attention as construction-related detours and traffic pattern changes will continue through 2022 when the new Express Lanes open.
Braddock Road Updates:
Comment on Braddock Road and Old Lee Road Safety and Operational Improvements Study: The study is assessing potential improvements at two locations along Braddock Road in Chantilly.
Concepts being studied include:
Enhancements at the Braddock Road and Old Lee Road intersection, including turn lanes and potential innovative intersection improvements.
Realignment of the S-curve on Braddock Road between Pleasant Valley and Old Lee roads.
Send comments to VDOT by Friday, March 6, 2020. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail comments to Mr. Andrew Beacher, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.
2020 Paving and Restriping Program Public Meeting:
Monday, March 2, 2020
Sully Governmental Center (4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA 20151) in the McDonnell Room
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)'s Northern Virginia Paving Program improves hundreds of miles of roads in Fairfax County every year. VDOT and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) use this program as an opportunity to increase driver, bicyclist, and pedestrian safety with road and crosswalk improvements while minimizing the financial investment in restriping work.
The community is invited to provide feedback by attending a public meeting, or by submitting comments online. The deadline for public comments is Monday, March 16, 2020 for the Sully District meeting.
Comments on proposed striping modifications can be submitted electronically to FCDOT; forms will be available with a list of proposed projects for all districts prior to every public meeting. Check the project pages, which will list proposed streets to be paved, restriping plans, and safety information.
Paving-related comments should be submitted through the myVDOT portal. Unfortunately, no additional roads can be added to the preliminary 2020 paving schedule at this point. If you would like to request road repairs, follow the "I need a road repaired" link on the VDOT portal or call 1-800-367-7623.
For more information about the 2020 Paving and Restriping Program, click here.
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.
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.