As we enter this busy and joyous holiday season, I think about the approaching General Assembly session with a profound sense of gratitude for your ongoing support. Your assistance enables me to continue my service as your Delegate in the 24th House District. This is a time of reflection of the past and of unknown opportunities and experiences in the future.  I wish everyone a healthy, safe, and peaceful December.

House Appropriations Announcement

Last month, Speaker-Designee Don Scott selected me to serve as Chair of the House Appropriations Committee for the 2024 General Assembly session. I am thankful for the speaker-designee’s confidence in my ability to serve in this critical role.

When I was previously appointed Chair in 2020, record investments were made in K-12 and higher education, healthcare, and public safety. I look forward to continuing my service in this capacity on behalf of citizens in the Commonwealth and Prince William County.

General Assembly Session 2024

The Virginia General Assembly will convene on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, for a 60-day regular session. The House of Delegates and state Senate will consider legislation and pass the Commonwealth’s operating budget for the next two fiscal years.

In preparation, please fill out my annual Constituent Survey to tell me what is important to you during this upcoming session.

Next month, I will announce my 2024 legislative portfolio. Until then, please get in touch with my office to share your legislative and spending priorities: info@delegatetorian.com.

Happenings in Richmond

On November 13th, the House Appropriations Committee held its annual retreat. We were briefed on state financial trends and the budgetary outlook. We also received an update on broadband access, workforce investments, and the Opioid Abatement Authority. You can watch the retreat’s presentation here.

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) met last month to discuss issues impacting public defenders and commonwealth’s attorneys throughout the state. We also received an update on economic development incentives and reviewed JLARC’s legislative recommendations for the 2024 General Assembly.

JLARC will meet later this month, on December 11th, to discuss the Commonwealth’s psychiatric hospitals, Virginia’s economic incentives, state spending on K-12 Standards of Quality, and receive an update on the Virginia Retirement System. If you want to view these meetings or see presentations from previous ones, please visit jlarc.virginia.gov.

On December 15th, Governor Youngkin will present his outlook on Virginia’s economy and his proposed budget for the upcoming biennium to members of the Joint Money Committee. While I hope there are topics we can work together on in the upcoming budget, I know there are priorities we view differently. You can watch the Governor’s Address here.

Winter Weather Awareness

As we head into winter, it is important to remember the dangers of winter weather and how to protect your family and homes against them. Some tips to remember are:

  • Check and update your family’s emergency supply kit before winter approaches. Include warm clothing and blankets and replace any expired food or medication.
  • Heat your home safely: Keep space heaters at least three feet from other objects and plug all heating devices directly into an outlet; never use an extension cord! If you have a fireplace or wood stove, have a professional check it annually, as residue can build up and cause fires. Make sure you have a working smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
  • If you have pets, bring them inside. If they must stay outside, be sure they have shelter and insulation from the cold. Don’t use electric heating pads or appliances that can potentially burn your pet. Ensure your pet has enough food and unfrozen water — they may need more during cold temperatures.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially those needing help shoveling snow or picking up groceries or medication. 

You can visit pwcva.gov/department/office-emergency-management/winter-storms to learn more about keeping safe during winter weather.

2023 Holiday Market

Come support Prince William County local businesses and start the holiday season off right this year at the Holiday Market this Saturday!

The 2023 Holiday Market will be held at the Dale City Farmer’s Market location (14050 Gemini Way, Dale City, VA) from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. where you will be able to find food, drinks, baked goods, produce, jewelry, clothing, books, woodwork, and much more.

Holiday Walk of Lights

The annual Holiday Walk of Lights is back this year! Experience the magic of the holiday season as you walk down a path of unique, hand-crafted light displays at Neabsco Regional Park. Please bring your family or friends and be prepared to be in awe of the dazzling lights surrounding you! The event runs through December 23, 2023. The event is open every Friday through Sunday from 5:30 to 9:00 PM. A special sensory-friendly event will be on December 12 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

Movie in the Park

Get in the holiday spirit with your friends and family at this month’s Movie in the Park viewing of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch! Screening starts at 1:00 PM on December 9th at Veterans Memorial Park. The movie is completely free, and it is recommended you bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

How to Get in Touch

Don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have questions or concerns. Feel free to contact us directly at the district office; our email is info@delegatetorian.com, and our telephone number is 703-785-2224.