The 2021 session is off and running! All week, I've been in committee hearings, in meetings, and on the floor working on my own bills and listening to proposals from my colleagues on subjects ranging from veterans services to COVID-19 relief and everything in between.Things are moving fast throughout the legislative process, and I hope you've been able to follow along at home as the General Assembly continues its work.
As a reminder, you can reach out to my office at any time at DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov to schedule a virtual meeting with me during the session. I am looking forward to hearing from you as the session unfolds! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email my office or call us at 703-996-9415 or 804-698-1067.
Fairfax and Loudoun Counties are currently in Phase 1B of vaccine distribution. On Monday, Fairfax County began accepting registration for appointments for individuals 65 and over who are now eligible be vaccinated under this phase.
Here are some resources and information about the vaccine in the Commonwealth and in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties:
I've seen a lot of movement on my bills this week, and I'm thrilled to tell you more about it. Today, my HB 1865, which requires that reading intervention services offered to kindergartners through third graders are evidence-based and grounded in the science of reading. This bill was brought to me by an incredible group of parents who have been working for many years to strengthen Virginia's code to help children struggling to learn to read, and I couldn't be prouder to be championing this legislation for them. HB 1865 is up on second reading today in the House of Delegates, and will be up for a vote on Monday. So stay tuned!
Next up is my HB 1866, which allows court-appointed special advocates to more fully participate in interdisciplinary team meetings on behalf of children. This bill was reported out unanimously from both the Criminal Subcommittee and the full Courts of Justice Committee and is headed to the floor.
I'm also carrying HB 1868, a bill that forbids people with human trafficking convictions from obtaining a commercial driver's license, reported unanimously out of the Motor Vehicles subcommittee and full Transportation Committee. Not only will this bill help prevent traffickers from re-offending, but it brings the Commonwealth into compliance with new federal rules and prevents us from losing critical transportation funding.
Also, I introduced HB 2133, which creates a process of vacatur and expungement of certain crimes for survivors of sex trafficking. Virginia is one of very few states that has no path for survivors to remove convictions from their record, so I am proud to be carrying this bill to put us on a path to provide relief for people who were victimized through no fault of their own. This bill reported unanimously out of the House Courts of Justice committee today.
As a reminder, below are some links for you to follow along with bills and the proceedings of House and Senate committees: