Please join me at one of two upcoming Post Legislative Session Town Hall meetings for a report on the 2017 General Assembly session:
Monday, April 17, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
With Delegate Ken Plum at Reston Community Center at Lake Anne
1609 Washington Plaza North
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.- 12 noon
With Senator Barbara Favola and Delegates Rip Sullivan and Patrick Hope
TJ Middle School
125 S. Old Glebe Road
The 2017 General Assembly session is officially over! In January and February we passed 1,773 bills and resolutions, including the budget. Governor McAuliffe reviewed them all and sent us 83 amendments to bills, 27 amendments to the budget, and 40 vetoes. Unlike Congress, the Virginia General Assembly works efficiently!
Our Governor stuck with his -- and my -- principles on both the budget and laws.
The 2017 General Assembly session ended Saturday, so I have had almost two days to process what happened. It was a very strange session -- we accomplished a lot that was constructive but we also passed a lot of destructive nonsense.
Eight esteemed state lawmakers are recipients of the 2016 HosPAC Health Care Hero Award that recognizes legislators who epitomize leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the mission of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association in the community and the Virginia General Assembly. Award recipients for 2016 are Senator George L. Barker (D-Fairfax County); Delegate M. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna); Delegate Patrick A. Hope (D-Arlington County); Senator Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax County); Delegate Matthew James (D-Portsmouth); Senator Stephen D. Newman (RLynchburg); Senator William M.
As we approach the end of the 2016 session , I want to report to you on both the final budget and the selection of a Supreme Court justice. The budget is something I am proud to be associated with. The Supreme Court debacle is a disgrace.
As you may remember from a recent e-newsletter, a major compromise has been reached on the I-66 transmodal project. Design Public Hearings had been scheduled in January and February but were not held due to inclement weather. Those hearings have now been scheduled for the following dates and locations:
(All hearing times are 6-8 pm. A brief presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Monday, March 7, 2016
Washington-Lee High School Cafeteria
1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22201
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Barring last-minute hiccups, the Arlington County government now appears likely to get back its taxing authority for tourism promotion.
Measures to end the five-year moratorium on the taxing authority continue to move forward in Richmond:
Published Thursday, February 24, 2016 7:00 am
The House of Delegates’ Committee on Finance has OK’d a Senate bill giving Arlington back its ability to levy a surtax on hotel stays to pay for tourism. But the approval was conditioned on an amendment that could complicate the bill’s path to success.
Committee members voted 15-7 in support of a measure by state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) to restore the taxing authority, which had been stripped in 2011.
Said Senator Howell, “Building a new Virginia economy means doing more to reward innovation. The research and development tax credit is an incentive for companies to come to Virginia and invest in Virginia. This bill is going to create well-paying, 21st century jobs, and it’s going to spur growth throughout the state. I am delighted my colleagues in the Senate have joined me in support of this measure.”
He didn’t need their votes, but Arlington’s seven-member legislative delegation deserted Gov. McAuliffe (D) on the governor’s compromise with legislative leaders on recognition of out-of-state concealed-weapons permits.
State Sens. Barbara Favola (D-31st), Adam Ebbin (D-30th) and Janet Howell (D-32nd) were among 13 Democrats who voted against the Senate version of the compromise measure. Six Democrats and all 21 Republicans supported the measure, worked out between the McAuliffe administration and the Republican legislative leadership.
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