By House Delegate Jim LeMunyon (R, VA-67)
Letter to Constituents
There is only one week left in the 2017 General Assembly session in Richmond. The House is considering Senate bills and the Senate’s amendments to House bills. Seven of the bills I introduced related to education and government accountability have already passed both the House and the Senate. Another five will be considered by the Senate on Monday, four of which are transportation bills.
The transportation bills would establish a safety commission for Metrorail (HB 2136), strengthen the regional congestion reduction requirements of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s transportation plan (HB 2137), require greater public disclosure when changes in land use could create traffic congestion (HB 2138), and enhance VDOT’s reporting requirements related to transportation spending, and the extent to which roadways (including neighborhood streets) in “poor” or “very poor” condition are being repaved (HB 2139).
You can follow the progress of these bills along with all other work of the General Assembly, including my voting record, here.
I’ve started scheduling meetings for after the session in Northern Virginia with civic groups, home owners’ associations, PTAs, etc. If you know of a group that might be interested in receiving a personal report on the 2017 General Assembly session, please let me know.
A group of House and Senate members are negotiating differences to proposed amendments to the 2016-18 state budget. Based on remarks made Friday morning on the House floor by the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, this work is proceeding smoothly and should conclude by of the end of next week.
Earlier this week, Senator George Barker and I sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao regarding a recent decision to withhold certain funding for transit in Virginia because Metro safety legislation had not been approved by the General Assembly. The letter was signed by a bipartisan majority of the Virginia House and Senate, to request that the U.S. Department of Transportation reverse the decision while the Virginia legislature completes the session next week, including work on legislation establishing a safety commission for Metrorail. The U.S. Department of Transportation made the arbitrary decision to withhold funding without regard for Virginia’s legislative calendar. A copy of the letter can be found here.
If you haven’t already looked, feel free to check out the 2017 Citizen Survey results, which are available here.
As always, I welcome your comments and questions. Please contact me at (703) 264-1432 or firstname.lastname@example.org regarding legislation or issues of interest to you. Calls will be forwarded to the Richmond office.