I know this week has been a wintery mess, once again, for everyone in Northern Virginia. Fortunately, it appears that VDOT has been implementing their plan and I have received many emails and pictures of clear streets despite the snow. However, if you are having a problem, please don’t hesitate to contact me at DelDAlbo@house.virginia.gov and I will pass on your concerns to VDOT.
This week has been a busy week. We are trying to get through all of the house bills before “Crossover” which is February 8, 2011. “Crossover” is when all of the house bills are sent to the Senate and vice versa.
Last night, my bill, HB1491, passed out of subcommittee. The bill will now go to full committee for a vote. If it makes it out of full committee, it will be sent to the House Floor where every member of the House of Delegates will get a chance to vote on it. I put in an almost identical bill last session. It was passed in the House but killed in the Senate. This bill seeks to change the current transportation maintenance formula based upon the amorphous standard of “need,” to one that is based upon the actual quality of the roads, bridges, tunnels, and rails as determined by scientific standards. The problem is that the “need” standard results in NOVA, which has 25% of the population of Virginia, receiving only 14% of the money. This new scientific standard will make sure that the money goes to where the true problems are.
I am also the Chief Co-Patron of HB2053 that requires in-state colleges and universities to come up with a plan to require at least 75 percent of the students to be in-state. Delegate Hugo and I have been working on this issue for quite some time now. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.
Don’t forget that you are able to watch session up there from your computer. Session occurs Monday-Thursday at noon and Friday it can be anywhere between 11am and noon. Click here to open the browser. Once session begins, you will be able to click on the link “In Progress” to view the happenings on the House floor. If you have any questions or problems, feel free to leave a comment below.