The 2016 General Assembly Session has begun!
The 2016 General Assembly session opened on Wednesday, January 13. My fellow legislators and I are working hard to get a lot done in a 60-day session, and I’m looking forward to a productive session working for you in Richmond this winter!
On Wednesday afternoon Session began with the swearing in of 11 new members! Later that evening, Governor Terry McAuliffe delivered his annual State of the Commonwealth address to the Joint Assembly of the House of Delegates and Senate. I sit on the second row, so I have nearly a front row seat to the Governor’s speech. I must say, he is a likable guy, but I did not agree with much of what he said. We will have to agree to disagree. However, I was encouraged to hear about his efforts to increase Computer Programming in our K-12 education. I have a bill that attempts to do this (that you can read about below), so that is something we can definitely work together on! So far, no partisan haggling on the House Floor…
Delegate Albo’s 2016 Legislation
I have filed a few bills that you may find interesting. The official bill summaries are listed below. To follow any other legislation, or read these bills in full, please visit http://www.lis.virginia.gov
HB 169: HOT lanes; enforcement and notification by lanes operator when person used without payment, etc. Requires a HOT lanes operator to notify the registered owner of a vehicle that entered or used HOT lanes without payment of the toll. Such notification must be given within 24 hours of the violation if the registered owner of the vehicle has an account with the HOT lanes operator or within 24 hours of identification of a registered owner who does not have such an account. The bill requires the Department of Transportation to notify an account holder when his account reaches a low balance status, if the account holder has requested such notification.
HB 225: Interstate System components; approvals of tolls on I-395 This bill requires the approval of the General Assembly prior to the collection of tolls for the use of Interstate 395.
HB 271: Parenting time. Replaces “visitation” with “parenting time” in statutory language relating to the custody and visitation of minor children.
HB 886: Stalking; penalty. Provides that a second offense of stalking committed within five years of a prior stalking conviction is punishable as a Class 6 felony. Under current law, a second offense of stalking only qualifies for the Class 6 penalty if the person convicted had also been convicted of certain offenses involving assaults or bodily woundings or of violating a protective order.
On a more personal note, on Friday the 15th of January all state flags at the Capitol and in Fairfax County were flown half-mast in honor of former Springfield supervisor Elaine McConnell. She passed away on January 10th at the age of 88. Mrs. McConnell’s distinguished career spanned 24 years and was filled with numerous achievements for the citizens of Springfield. She will perhaps be best remembered for her central role in the formation of the Virginia Railway Express and founding the Accotink Academy, one of the first instructional pre-educational schools in Virginia. At her funeral, I learned that she was a published poet, self-taught national expert on learning disabilities, and an accomplished pianist! Mrs. McConnell’s service to our community is unparalleled. My thoughts and prayers go out to the McConnell family at this time. I was happy to see her memory honored in the Capitol today.
I encourage you to keep in touch with me and my office over the rest of session! I value the feedback you provide as it helps me do a better job representing you. You can email me at DelDAlbo@house.virginia.gov or call me at (804)-698-1042. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaveAlboVA.
Links of Interest
My Web Site: www.DaveAlbo.org
Speaker Howell’s Start of Session Remarks: https://youtu.be/4E3LmQAl9YI
Governor McAuliffe’s State of the Commonwealth Address: https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=13920
The Republican Response to the State of the Commonwealth Address: https://youtu.be/Ufho3mzbQAE
My Legislative Information System Page: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+mbr+H2
Speaker Howell announces standing committee assignments: http://www.williamjhowell.org/speaker-howell-announces-house-of-delegates-standing-committee-assignments/