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New Laws, Big Local News & Independence Day Events

 

Dear [fname],

 

The 2016 General Assembly adjourned in early March. Throughout the 60-day session, we considered thousands of bills. Most of the bills that ultimately passed and were signed by the Governor go into effect today.

 

Every year, the General Assembly publishes a comprehensive list of bills that are likely to affect your everyday life. Below, I have highlighted a few major accomplishments. You can read the entire list here http://dls.virginia.gov/pubs/idc/idc16.pdf

 

 

 

My Legislation Becoming Law this Friday:

 

Constitutional Amendments

There will be two constitutional amendments on the ballot this November. The first will enshrine our right to work status in Virginia constitution, which will make Virginia a stronger state for business by guaranteeing that no employee can be fired just because he or she refuses to join a union. The second constitutional amendment will give localities the option to provide a property tax exemption to the surviving spouse of a law enforcement, firefighter, or emergency service personnel killed in the line of duty. I encourage you to vote “Yes” on both of these amendments in November.

 

Safe Families & Safe Communities

We passed a number of laws aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence by increasing penalties for repeat offenders. It will now be a Class 6 felony to stalk someone under a protective order or commit an assault and battery against someone under a protective order. We also passed legislation making it a felony to violate a protective order with a firearm. These laws will help make our families and communities safer.

 

Second Amendment

Virginia has expanded its concealed carry reciprocity. Virginia will now have reciprocity with every state that has a concealed carry statute. Virginia will recognize the permits from all fifty states, and the State Police is required to enter agreements ensuring Virginia’s permit is recognized in other states. This legislation was part of a compromise with Governor McAuliffe to reverse Attorney General Mark Herring’s unilateral move last year to end concealed carry reciprocity.  This major, bipartisan compromise secures the rights of law-abiding citizens.

 

Purchasing Flags

The General Assembly passed legislation requiring state and local governments to buy U.S. or Virginia flags produced in the United States with only materials from the United States.

 

Transparency in Healthcare Costs

Hospitals are now required to provide to patients, upon request, the cost of any elective procedure, test or service that they will be required to cover.

 

Student Privacy on Social Media

We passed legislation that prohibits colleges and universities from requiring a student to disclose the username or password to any of his or her personal social media accounts.

 

I encourage you to keep in touch with me and my office.  I value the feedback you provide as it helps me do my job representing you better.  You can email me at DelDLaRock@house.virginia.gov or call me at 540-751-8364.  You can also join the conversation via our social media on Facebook or Twitter

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

BIG LOCAL NEWS:

 
Loudoun County State Park
June 14th, after years of work, the deed was recorded transferring approximately 600 acres of land in Northwestern Loudoun County to the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation. This transaction means that Loudoun County now officially has a state park! The land for the state park was donated to the Commonwealth by the Old Dominion Land Conservancy (ODLC) of Purcellville, which received the land from the Robert and Dee Leggett foundation. The property borders the Appalachian Trail and includes historic farmsteads, deep woods and wildflower meadows. Read more here...
 
Major Jobs Announcement in Berryville
Wednesday, June 29, I joined state and local officials in Berryville to announce Handsome Brook Farm will invest $6.4 million to establish a new pasture-raised-egg processing operation in the Town of Berryville. The business has committed to purchasing over $50 million in Virginia-sourced eggs over the next three years, planning to contract with over 100 Virginia farms and create 105 new jobs. This is the largest jobs announcement for Clarke County on record!

 

 

 

INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENTS:

 

Saturday, July 2

  • Hillsboro Independence Day Parade, Festival and Fireworks at the Old Stone School Parade at 2:30pm, festival 3-9pm featuring local food, musicians, artisans, businesses and fun activities for Kids, photo ops with George Washington and Betsy Ross, bake sale, free ice cream, and fireworks! ***Deputies will be stopping traffic on Route 9 at 2:30 to let the parade travel safely from Gaver Mill Road to the Old Stone School. If you are traveling on Route 9 at this time, please expect delays and be patient.***
  • Lovettsville: Free performance by the U.S. Navy Band - the Commodores at the Walker Pavilion at 7pm.

Sunday, July 3

  • Waterford Fireworks on the Water Street Meadow- starts at 9:30pm (rain date: July 5)
  • Lovettsville events- Parade at 5:30pm from Milltown Road, down East Broad Way to South Loudoun Street, ending at the Lovettsville Elementary School. Food, Music, and Games at the Community  Center 6:00-9:00pm Fireworks (9:15pm-ish) ALL parking for this event will be at the Community Park across the street from the Community Center (entrance  off of Milltown Road).

Monday, July 4

  • Leesburg Independence Day Parade- starts at 10:00am from Ida Lee Park, travels down King St. to Fairfax St. ***Deputies will be stopping traffic on King St. (Rt. 15) at 9:30 to let the parade travel safely from Ida Lee Park to the Catoctin Circle. If you are traveling in Leesburg at this time, please expect delays and be patient.***
  • Purcellville Parade- starts at 12:30 from Emerick Elementary School, march down Orchard Avenue, turn right onto Main Street, take a left onto Maple Avenue, and conclude at Loudoun Valley High School.
  • Purcellville- Franklin Park Fireworks- starts at 9:30pm
  • Leesburg- Ida Lee Park Fireworks- starts at 9:30pm
  • Berryville Fireworks preceded by games & music by the Clarke County Community Band. Food stand open- Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds 
  • Frederick County- Sherando Park- amusements and food available for purchase from 5pm; park open all day, pool open until 8pm! Free to the public; no parking fee; enter at Sherando High School; main park gate will close at 5:30pm

 

 

 

 

CONTACT ME!

 

Email:

DelDLaRock@house.virginia.gov

 
District Office:
P.O. Box 6
Hamilton, Virginia 20159
(540) 751-8364
 
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