On Saturday, December 8th, I will hold my final informal office hours of 2018 at Main Street Bagel in the City of Fairfax. I will be there from 9 to 11 AM, so stop by to ask q
This upcoming Election Day, voters will be asked to approve two proposed amendments. Both of them deal with Article X "Taxation and Finance." In general, Article X provides that all property is to be taxed, and that like property should be taxed at the same rate. Exceptions must be specified in the Constitution.
I am pleased to continue a tradition started in 2006 by holding Fall informal office hours. Constituents can share an issue or ask questions about legislation that is likely to be debated during the 2019 General Assembly. The format is casual and no appointment is needed. Coffee is on me!
Below is the full schedule. All events will take place from 9 to 11 a.m.
This year, 2,606 bills were introduced in the General Assembly. Of those, 837 passed both the House and the Senate and were ultimately signed by the Governor. Most of these went into effect on July 1st. Below, you will find a selection of some of the new laws passed this year. You can also click here for a more comprehensive overview of legislation, including bills that did not pass .
On March 10th, the 2018 legislative session adjourned sine die - meaning that the regular session is now in the history books. While much was accomplished, one major issue remains unresolved. Unfortunately, the House and the Senate budget conferees were not able to agree on our biennial budget.
I am pleased to announce that my annual Town Hall meeting will be held on Saturday, February 10th from 9-11 a.m. at Fairfax City Hall. Joining me will be Senator Chap Petersen. We will start with a quick presentation about issues being debated in the General Assembly and will then open up the meeting for discussion. It is a point of pride that we always have so many wonderful constituents who come out to express their thoughts and priorities. Hope to see you there!
The 2018 General Assembly session began on January 10th. Over the next two months, we will debate a wide range of issues and adopt a new budget that will set spending priorities for the next two years. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts on some of these issues by filling out my 2018 Constituent Survey. Last year I received over 1,200 responses. I hope to have even more responses this year. Your input is invaluable as I decide how to vote.
This session I introduced 20 bills and several budget amendments. I'm looking forward to sharing more about these bills, as well as how they fared in committee, over the next few weeks. In the meanwhile, here are a few highlights. Click here to see all of my bills and amendments.
In response to the start of tolling on I-66 inside the beltway, I have joined 15 of my General Assembly colleagues (and future colleagues) in signing a letter to Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne expressing deep concern about the project and asking for suspension of tolling until the issues can be resolved. The fundamental problem is tolling existing infrastructure as opposed to new lanes. While there are plans to widen I-66 from the Dulles Connector to Ballston (