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Work on reconciling and passing the amended fiscal plan will dominate the final days of the General Assembly. For a deep dive into how the budget came out, go to budget.lis.virginia.gov.  

It’s halftime at the General Assembly. With intense hours in committee meetings and marathon floor sessions behind us, Senate bills have “crossed over” to the House for consideration. Until we adjourn, the Senate will be taking a serious look at what the House of Delegates has sent over. A number of the bills will be companions to what has already passed out of the Senate and will include the good, the bad, and the ugly proposals that have made headlines this session.

"Metro is inviting the public to provide feedback on its proposed FY2018 Operating Budget, a proposal aimed at rightsizing rail and bus services to support current ridership, as well as the Capital Improvement Plan and Federal Grant Applications," according to a recent press release. 

Weekly Update From The General Assembly
 
We are thirteen days into our 45-day legislative session, and between the House and Senate more than two thousand bills have been filed. Some want to loosen gun safety laws (Republicans insist that four-year-olds can handle loaded weapons), some want to increase the penalties for citizens exercising their first amendment rights, some are happy to keep haranguing on women. We're getting to the point where there may be more unconstitutional laws than constitutional laws coming through this Republican dominated legislature. Each year the Virginia Code grows and each year we find a number of court challenges to these infamous attempts to skirt the Constitution.

Many thanks to more than 500 of you who recently participated in the 2017 35 District Constituent Survey. I am please to present the results of the survey. Please click the link below to view them.

 

2017 Survey Results

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.

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