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It’s great to be back in Richmond. I am looking forward to working with new members of the Virginia Senate, Senator Jennifer McClellan of Richmond and Senator Mark Peake of Lynchburg who were sworn in on Friday.

On Thursday, the Senate recognized its native son, Olympian Townley Haas with a commending resolution. A Henrico county native, he swam the third leg of the 4x200-meter relay and was the one who built the big lead for Michael Phelps. Haas is a name you're going to hear a lot of— we wish him continued success in the years ahead...

Senator Saslaw will co-host a Town Hall Meeting with Delegate Marcus Simon on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Falls Church Community Center, located at 223 Little Falls St.

We hope you will be able to join us!

FIRST SNOW TO IMPACT RUSH HOURS

Drivers in northern Virginia are asked to prepare for rush hour commutes to be impacted by snow Thursday evening and Friday morning, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Road crews are conducting anti-icing activities today and tomorrow. Please watch for crews as they stage along roads prior to the storm. Crews will treat roads with salt and sand as needed once the storm begins Thursday afternoon, plow in areas where and if snow totals reach two inches, and will remain on duty throughout the course of the storm.

Read more here 

VDOT TO HELP SPEED DRIVERS THROUGH HOLIDAY SHOPPING
Signals at 14 shopping centers to be timed to accommodate increased traffic

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the Virginia Department of Transportation will re-time signals to help drivers enter and exit major shopping centers around northern Virginia more quickly.

August 5-7, 2016 marks Virginia's annual sales tax holiday. Consumers may purchase qualifying clothing, footwear, and school supplies, as well as Energy Star and WaterSense products tax-free. The tax-free weekend also applies to hurricane emergency preparedness items. For more information about qualifying products and the tax-free weekend please visit the Virginia Department of Taxation website here.

The beginning of July is an important time for our nation and the Commonwealth. The 4th of July is on the horizon -- this coming week we will see parades, fireworks and the “unofficial” start of summer. Remember our children are out of school, so please drive responsibly in our communities. 

Another major date of note is July 1, the enactment date for most newly passed legislation. During the course of the year, we have tried to highlight the most significant bills that will have a major impact going forward. The Richmond Times-Dispatch also offers a good snapshot of new legislation. 

Metro has released the final SafeTrack plan to the public. SafeTrack is a "comprehensive maintenance effort that will accelerate three years worth of work into approximately one year."

The project will result in reduced Orange and Silver Line service beginning Saturday, June 4.

It's important to familiarize yourself now with SafeTrack and plan accordingly. The full file is available on the WMATA website by clicking here.

The Washington Post published a good article earlier this week with additional links and information. The article contains links to specific solutions and services being offered by Fairfax County, Arlington County, and Alexandria City. Click here to read the article.

If my office can be of any service to you please don't hesitate to contact us at district35@senate.virginia.gov.

There are numerous opportunities to hear about and weigh in on the Transform 66 Projects. Please see the information below from VDOT. If my office can be of any assistance to you please contact us a district35@senate.virginia.gov

  

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VDOT public information meetings for the proposed eastbound widening as part of the Transform 66 Inside the Beltway Project.  

Monday, May 9, 2016

Washington-Lee High School
1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22201

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School
7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043

Meeting Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Presentation: 7:00 p.m.)

More information available here

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VDOT public hearings for the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project

Monday, May 23, 2016

Oakton High School - Cafeteria
2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, VA 22181

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
VDOT Northern Virginia District Office
4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Piney Branch Elementary School - Cafeteria/Gym
8301 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA 20136

Hearing Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Presentation at 7:00 p.m.)

More information available here

 
VDOT has scheduled two public information meetings on the I-395 Express Lanes Extension Project:
 
Monday, April 11, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
(Presentation starts at 7 p.m.) 
Wakefield High School Cafeteria
1325 S. Dinwiddie Street Arlington, VA 22206
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
(Presentation starts at 7 p.m.)
Francis C. Hammond Middle School Auditorium
4646 Seminary Road Alexandria, VA  22304
 
More information about the I-395 Express Lanes Extension Project is available here and here
 

 

The Governor continues to use his veto pen to put a stop to harsh laws that were passed by the Republicans flexing their majority muscle in the Senate. The veto list is long and I will lead the fight to sustain every one of the vetoes come April 20.

Link to the Governor's Veto List

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