The 2018 General Assembly Session is underway. This will be a long (60 days) session. I am excited to be back in Richmond working issues that will have a positive and lasting impact for our community. I wanted to give you an update about what’s been happening and on a few pieces of legislation I’m carrying.
Haymarket Power Lines
During my campaign, I promised to find a solution to underground the proposed Haymarket power lines. I pledged to protect homeowners’ property values and maintain the historical significance of western Prince William County. My HB1202will do just that – bury the power lines.
The transition to tolling I-66 inside the beltway has caused major disruptions for many commuters, especially single-occupant motorists who commuted to work under the original HOV hours. I introduced a number of bills on this issue one being HB1256 which reverts the HOV hours back to those previous times — 6:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. eastbound and 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. westbound.
My HB1214 allows for the expungement of a misdemeanor offense for marijuana possession, underage drinking, or using a false ID if the offender is under 21 years old, after all court fees and costs have been paid, and 5 years has elapsed. Kids make mistakes. They will be able to ask for a second chance after they have paid for their crimes, but they won’t pay for the rest of their lives.
Helping Those Suffering from Opioid Addiction
My colleagues and I are continuing our work to help those suffering with opiate addiction and to end this horrible epidemic. I’ve introduced HB1469 which will create a felony murder charge for the sale or distribution of an opiate that directly results in the recipient’s death. There should be an appropriate consequence when these types of drugs result in someone’s untimely death.
This is just a snapshot of what I am working on this session. You can view all of the legislation I am patroning here, and you can view all of the bills of the 2018 session here. Additionally, you can watch a live feed of session here.
What’s Happening in Richmond
Below are photos highlighting some of my visitors so far this session. 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 tour of the Capitol.
In the News
Delegate Tim Hugo has introduced legislation, HB1202, ensuring that the proposed Haymarket power lines are underground. As Delegate Hugo stated at an October 23rd press conference, one of his top priorities if re-elected was finding a solution during the 2018 General Assembly session to underground the proposed power lines.
Del. Tim Hugo, R-40th District, is now pushing legislation requiring Dominion Energy to bury its controversial western Prince William power line, following through on a campaign pledge he made in the days leading up to the November election.
The average American can be forgiven if his opinion of politicians and politics isn’t that high. The behavior of politicians of all ideological stripes hasn’t exactly engendered trust and respect in a lot of Americans.
But when politicians set aside their partisanship and pick up the mantle of elected public servants, attention must be paid, and that’s what we are doing today.