Last Week in Richmond

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As Session’s fourth full week begins, I wanted to provide another quick update on what’s happening in Richmond.

Legislation 

Stopped the ‘Netflix Tax’

A new tax was proposed that would have increased the cost of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.  This kind of tax would disproportionally affect millennials and families that have “cut the cord.” I’m happy to report that we were able to defeat this tax increase.

UPDATE: Haymarket Power Lines

I have inserted or “rolled” my bill, HB1202, that buries the proposed Haymarket power lines, into a larger bill HB1558 which was successfully reported out of sub-committee. It will be heard in the full committee this week. Thank you to everyone that emailed in support of my legislation to the members of the committee. Your efforts will ensure that the proposed power lines are buried.

Bill to Lower Tolls on I-66 Advances

HB1489 activates reverse-commuter tolling on I-66 by October 1st and refunds I-66 tolls exceeding $200 per month until completion of widening the four-mile segment of eastbound I-66 from the Dulles Connector Road to Fairfax Drive in Arlington by fall 2020. Northern Virginians shouldn’t be expected to pay $40+ in tolls.

What’s Happening in Richmond

Below are photos highlighting some of my visitors from last week. If you are able to do so, I encourage you to take the time to visit Richmond while the General Assembly is in session. I would be more than happy to take you on a #TimTour of our Capitol.

My constituent, Mia, from Decoding Dyslexia Virginia stopped by to talk about providing more resources to children with dyslexia.

Nurse practitioners from the district made the trip to Richmond for Virginia Nurses Association Lobby Day.

Happy to meet with George Mason University President Angel Cabrera and members of the GMU Student Government. Ryan from my district office made the trip down for GMU’s Lobby Day.

In the News

Bill aimed at lowering I-66 tolls passes house committee

Legislation aimed at bringing toll relief to Northern Virginia commuters passed the state House transportation committee Thursday morning on a 21-1 vote. The bill was sponsored by two Republican delegates who represent the western suburbs: Del. Tim Hugo, whose 40th District straddles Fairfax and western Prince William, and Del. Dave LaRock, whose 33rd District includes part of Loudoun County.

Hugo sees multiple avenues to bury Haymarket power lines

Del. Tim Hugo, R-40th District, believes he’s getting closer to passing legislation to force Dominion Energy to bury its planned power line through western Prince William, setting up a two-pronged strategy to fulfill one of his main campaign promises. “I am putting my full shoulder to the ground on this one to make sure this happens,” Hugo, who also serves as chairman of the House majority caucus, said in an interview.

Virginia House panel defeats proposal to create ‘Netflix tax’

A Virginia lawmaker’s proposal to impose new taxes on Netflix, Hulu, Spotify and other online streaming services ran into strong opposition Monday in a Virginia House of Delegates committee, which voted 20-0 to kill the bill.