Delaney Dispatch (June 28, 2021)

 

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                Delaney Dispatch               

June 28, 2021

Dear Neighbor,

It's officially summer, and we are headed into our first major heatwive of the season! The National Weather Service is forecasting highs in the mid-nineties with a heat index of 100-110 degrees through Thursday for our area. The Fairfax County Department of Emergency Management has put together information on how to stay safe and cool through this heatwave.

In this newsletter, there are updates on the upcoming Special Session, new laws I worked on that are going into effect on July 1, information on a new grant program from Fairfax County for small businesses, and more.

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. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email my office or call us at 703-996-9415.

Again, stay safe out there in these sweltering temperatures, and I hope everyone has a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend!

Useful Links and Resources:

Special Session II News:

Governor Northam has called the General Assembly in to special session starting on August 2nd. The purpose of this special session will be to fill new vacancies on the Virginia Court of Appeals and allocate more than $4.3 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding.

This will also be the first time since the 2020 session that the House of Delegates will be meeting in-person in the House chamber. I am so thrilled that thanks to the vaccine, we will be able to return to the Capitol, and I look forward to working with my colleagues during the upcoming special session.

Many of you have already sent me messages with your thoughts on priorities for federal funds, so thank you for your feedback! Please continue to send those my way at DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov. I will be bringing your thoughts directly to my colleagues on the money committees for consideration.

More details are forthcoming and I'll be sure to share those with you in future newsletters and on social media.

New Laws Going into Effect July 1st:

On July 1st, many of the bills the General Assembly passed in the 2021 Session and 2021 Special Session will become law, including several bills that I patroned. Here are some of the new laws coming to the Code of Virginia that I worked on:

Additionally, the Division of Legislative Services has put together their annual publication of new changes to the Code called "In Due Course." You can find this year's edition with all the highlights of new laws going into effect on July 1st here.

PIVOT Grants from Fairfax County:

Fairfax County has launched a new grant program for small businesses that were hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as hotels, food service, and other types of businesses that rely heavily on face-to-face customer interaction. More information on this grant program and the application link can be found here. Information is also available in Arabic, Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese - translated materials can be accessed here. Applications are open now until July 9th at 11:59 PM.

Vaccine Updates:

It's easier than ever to get a COVID-19 vaccine if you haven't already! Thankfully, 70 percent of Virginia's adults are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, ahead of the July 4th goal set by the President. Data dashboards from the Virginia Department of Health continue to be updated with data on COVID-19 cases and vaccinations in the Commonwealth. If you still haven't gotten your shot yet, I strongly encourage you to do so - the vaccine is safe, effective, and free!

Loudoun County residents can find more information on vaccine scheduling here. There are now walk-ins available at the Loudoun County vaccination site in Dulles Town Center (21090 Dulles Town Circle in Sterling), in addition to pre-scheduled appointments. You can learn more about walk-ins and procedures here.

Fairfax County residents can schedule an appointment through the County's Vaccine Administration Management System, or by finding an appointment near them with VaccineFinder.org.

Fairfax County also has walk-ins available at the Fairfax County Government Center and their Tysons Community Vaccination Site - more details on procedures and hours for these two sites can be found here.

I-66 Outside the Beltway Construction Update Meetings:

The Transform 66 Team at the Virginia Department of Transportation will be holding two meetings to provide updates and answer questions about recent construction progress and upcoming activities. Here are the two meeting dates and subjects, and information on how to participate:

Great to See You!

Presenting Commending Resolutions to Chantilly Eagle Scouts

Oakton High School Graduation

Network NoVA Rally at Turning Point Suffragist Memorial

Reston Pride 2021

 

Mental Health and Domestic Violence Resources:

At this trying time, it is important that we continue to care for our mental health. Here are some resources if you are struggling and need help:

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Fairfax/Falls Church Community Services Board hotline: 703-527-4077
  • Loudoun County Mental Health Emergency Services...703.777.0320

  • Loudoun Suicide Prevention...703.777.0176

  • PRS CrisisLink: 703-527-4077 or text “Connect” to 85511

  • SAMHSA National Helpline: 800-662-HELP (800-662-4357)

  • Children's Regional Crisis Response: 844-NCrisis (844-627-4747) in English and Spanish

  • Hopeline: Chat at http://www.hopeline.com or call 800-784-2433

If you or someone you know is struggling in a domestic violence situation, here are some helpful resources that can help:

  • Fairfax County Hotline: 703-360-7273
  • Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter hotline: 703-777-6552
  • National Domestic Violence hotline: 800-779-SAFE (7233)
  • Domestic Violence Action Center hotline: 703-246-4573
  • The Artemis Center is accepting new residents. Call: 703-435-4960

In Service,

 

PO BOX 231023 Centreville, VA 20120

Email: DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov

District Phone Number: 703-996-9415

Richmond Office Phone Number: 804-698-1067