Reconvene Session Report
April 19, 2018
Yesterday my colleagues and I were down to Richmond for reconvene session, where we took into consideration the Governor's vetos and recommendations. During this successful session, we were able to sustain the Governor's eight vetos on House Bills and two Senate vetos. Through sustaining these vetos, we were able to protect our State's ability to put forth cap-and-trade programs which will protect our enviorment, secure local government's right to reserve the police force and police resources for their own local needs rather than assisting Federal immigration enforcement and immigration law, stopped unnecessary resistive laws which would bar some for serving on juries, and secured the right for local governments to set a wage floor for contracted workers which is higher than federal and state minimums.
The Budget. Where Are We?:
On Tuesday, April 17th, the House of Delegate approved the second version of our biennium budget. This budget kept Medicaid expansion, secured funding for General District and Circuit court vacancies, and secured funding for our education system and other social services. This budget is now headed to the Senate for review and potential amendments. Once reviewed and commented on or changed by the Senate, we will be heading back to Richmond to have a final vote. We expect that a final budget will be ready for full approval in the coming weeks.
The House of Delegates also secured victories by accepting most of the Governor's recommendations. We have passed legislation which would provide incarcerated women with feminine hygiene products, provide full funding to Metro and make redistricting standards. Though the gerrymandering bill was not as inclusive as we would have hoped, and the Metro bill did not include revenue increases which would not strip funding from roadway improvement projects, we have taken great strides in a right direction and are on our way to a stronger Commonwealth.
Town Hall with Delegate Boysko:
Please join Delegate Boysko and me on April 21st from 11 AM - 1 PM for our Legislative Town Hall at the Herndon Town Council Chambers - 765 Lynn Street Herndon, VA 20170- (PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE). We will provide an overview of the 2018 Regular Session, reconvene session, as well as insight on where we are in the budget process. We would be more than happy to take any questions you may have. If you would like to submit your questions or topics in advance, please send an email to DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board Seeks Public Comment:
The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will be hosting meetings across the commonwealth and is inviting the public to share feedback on transportation projects that have been recommended for funding. Members of the community may participate by attending public meetings or submitting comments online, by email or mail.
Public comments will be considered by the CTB as it develops the FY 2019-2024 Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP). The SYIP allocates public funds to highway, road, bridge, rail, bicycle, pedestrian, public transportation, and transportation demand management projects. The Draft FY 2019-2024 SYIP identifies projects proposed for inclusion in the final program, which will be approved at the CTB’s June meeting. All federally-eligible projects in the SYIP will be included in the federally-required Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to document how Virginia will obligate its federal funds.