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Delaney Dispatch (GA Overview - March 11, 2019)
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.
Delaney Dispatch (2019 Session - Week 7)
In about 24 hours, the House will adjourn and the 2019 General Assembly legislative session will come to a close. In the past 44 days, we have reviewed thousands of bills, hundreds of which will become law. In these final hours, we will also vote on a final budget. I will continue to advocate for a budget that continues our values and mission in the 67th District.
With the session ending, I will be returning to a monthly newsletter schedule. You can also expect a final 2019 General Assembly session update as well as additional emails in response to happenings in our community.
Delaney Dispatch (2019 Session - Week 6)
We are a week away from the 2019 General Assembly legislative session adjourning. This past week, the House has been hearing and discussing bills which passed out of the Senate and the Senate has done the same with our bills. The majority of committees have completed their duties of hearing bills and the remainder of our work will happen on the House floor. One of the bills the House has approved was a bill that would conform our taxes to the new federal tax plan. This bill will allows the Commonwealth to swiftly provide Virginians with their tax refunds. It is on Governor's desk and he has until midnight on February 20th to sign the bill into law.
One of the final bills which still needs to be voted on is the budget. At the beginning of the legislative session, the Governor proposed his budget. This budget was debated on and amended by both the Senate and the House of Delegates. Each body has presented their versions of the budget, which were both approved by their respective bodies.
Delaney Dispatch (2019 Session - Week 5)
This week was crossover week, where all remaining house bills were heard, discussed, and voted on. Between Monday and Tuesday, we voted on more than 500 bills. Three of these bills addressed how to handle the tax windfall Virginia will receive due to changes to the federal tax structure, tax conformity, and our budget for fiscal year 2020.
Our primary focus continues to be on tax conformity and the budget. We continue to work on agreements for bills that will address standard deductions on Virginia state taxes, tax conformity which will ease the tax filing process for Virginians and allow us to send tax refunds in a timely manner, and finally, House Bill 1700, also known as the "budget bill," which passed out of the House of Delegates with my support.
Delaney Dispatch (2019 Session - Week 4)
On Tuesday, we will enter "crossover." This is the halfway point in the General Assembly where all the bills introduced by a Delegate must be heard in the House and, if supported in committee, come to the floor for a vote by the entire House of Delegates. Concurrently, this same processes must be done in the Senate with all Senate bills. Once the House and Senate have voted on their respective bills, they will crossover to the parallel body and go through the subcommittee, committee and full body approval process, once again.
This means that the coming convening of the House of Delegates will result in long days and thorough debates of final House bills, including our budget bill proposal.
Delaney Dispatch (2019 Session - Week 3)
This week in Richmond, I had the great pleasure of supporting bills which would directly improve the lives and livelihood of Virginians. Yesterday House Bill 1686, also known the "Renewables First Act", was heard before a subcommittee. This bill would prioritize the creation of new renewable energy generation facilities and temporarily halt the creation of new fossil fuel facilities, allowing green energy facilities to catch up to fossil fuel in the Commonwealth.
Delaney Dispatch (2019 Session - Week 2)
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