Delaney Dispatch- GA Overview - March 11, 2019

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                Delaney Dispatch               

March 11, 2019

Dear Neighbor,

The 2019 General Assembly legislative session adjourned 15 days ago. During the 46 days we were in Richmond, we were able to bring about great changes to the Commonwealth. Below is an overview of some important items that we addressed during the session. 

We will be headed back down to Richmond next month for reconvene session. During this time we will address any bill amendments by the Governor and vote on any legislation he vetoes. 

I am always 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

Best,

 

2019 Legislative Session Overview:

In addition to passing eight bills of my own which are direct responses to issues we saw in the community and will bring about new protections and outlets for Virginians, we heard nearly 3,000 bills this legisliatve session. Some of the major bills passed include:

Tax Conformity: In 2018, the Federal government made changes to the federal tax code, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)). Being a conformity state, the Commonwealth of Virginia had to modify its tax code to reflect these change to ensure that Virginians have ease in filing their 2018 taxes, and beyond. The tax conformity bill we passed this legislative cycle provided a $1 billion in tax relief to Virginia residents, makes great investments in Virginia's future and maintains our AAA bond rating. 

FY2020 Budget: During the legislative session, we proposed amendments to our biennial budget. The approved amendments included items which would provide our teachers with salary increases, provide funding to decrease the school counselor to student ration, support for higher education and student tuition, and investment in mental health initiatives and supporting the Virginia Housing Trust Fund. This budget was reflective of our values and support items which will help the Commonwealth flourish. 

Redistricting: After decades of discussion on how to make our redistricting process more transparent, fair and reflective our communities, we have finally passed an open redistricting plan in Virginia. This historic plan will make sure that the people choose their elected officials, not the other way around. The compromise passed with strong bipartisan support and must pass next session as well before going to voters as a referendum. 

Eliminating Jim-Crow Era Minimum Wage Exemptions: This year, we also took a monumental step forward in ending Jim-Crow era policy by repealing sub-minimum wage exemptions for jobs which were historically worked by African Americans, such as newsboys, ushers, doormen, theatre cashiers, and shoe-shine boys. This is one step forward in ensuring that our past actions are amended and that current wage policies protect all Virginians equally. 

Sign My Petition!:

I am up for re-election this year!. In order to have my name back on the ballot this November, I need to collect 125 petitions from local residents and voters. If you want to sign my petition and have my name back on the ballot, please contact my office at 703-996-9415 or email me at delaneyfordelegate@gmail.com

March Office Hours:

I invite you to meet with me on March 19th from 6 pm  - 8 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. 
 
To ensure that I am able to see everyone, it is asked that you sign-up for a time slot at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E45ADAD29AAFD0-delegate13.
 
If you are having difficulties signing up or are not able to attend and still wish to share your concerns and comments, please contact my office at 703-996-9415 or DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov.
 

Town Hall with Delegate Delaney and Senator Petersen:

Please join Senator Chap Petersen and me on the 23rd of March from 10 AM - 12 PM at the Sully Governmental Center (4900 Stonecroft Blvd. Chantilly, VA 20151) for our post-legislative session town hall. We will provide an overview of the 2019 General Assembly legislative session, provide insights on what may come during the reconvene session in April, and will address any questions or concerns you may have. You can find more information here.

 

Delegate Karrie Delaney’s First Annual Entrepreneur Fair:

Have you ever thought about starting a business? Come to our first every entrepreneur fair to learn more. I am committed to economic development strategies that create new jobs and grow a strong regional economy. My upcoming Entrepreneur Fair will give participants guidance on start-up basics and will spotlight the fundamentals needed to expand a small business. 
 
This inaugural Entrepreneur Fair aims to provide information on the following:
Creating manageable steps on how to start a new business
Building strategic business plans 
Creating outreach plans and discovering new marketing platforms
Funding and banking options for small businesses 
And much more!
 
Registration is open now!  Click the link below to sign up. 
 

 

Town Hall with Delegate Bell and Senator Boysko:

Join Delegate Bell, Senator Boysko and me on April 9th from 7-9 PM in the lecture hall of Westfield High School (4700 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA 20151) for our joint town hall. 
 
We will provide an overview of the 2019 General Assembly legislative session, reconvene session, the budget and will address any questions or concerns you may have.
 
We look forward to seeing you on the 9th. 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.
 
 

Great to See you Back in the District:

It's great to reconnect with you all in the District. If you are holding an event or meeting or would like to sit down with me one-on-one, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at DelKDealney@house.virginia.gov or 703-996-9415.   

          

    Meeting w/ a local Boy Scout during my office hours          Chatting with local residents at my office opening 

         

     Touring Chantilly High School's new Innovation Lab                    Talking to constituents on the doors

 
 

PO BOX 231023 Centreville, VA 20120

Email: DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov

District Phone Number: 703-996-9415

Richmond Office Phone Number: 804-698-1067