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Rural Broadband is Coming; Medical Freedom and NOVA Transportation

 

Dear Friends,

As we look forward to Christmas and the New Year, I know many of you are excited to see positive changes from the new leadership in Virginia. I am as well, as I've never had the privilege of working with a Republican governor and administration!

It is exciting to see Governor DeSantis in Florida taking strong action to protect the people of Florida against discrimination and punishment for choosing to not receive COVID-jabs, standing against mask mandates, and other attempts by the Biden Administration to violate our God-given rights. His popularity is growing. Last summer, and in this year's session, I introduced legislation to prohibit COVID-19 vaccine discrimination, and I plan to introduce similar legislation in the upcoming session. Displaced workers from other states in high-need areas like trucking and health care should come to Virginia!

It is my hope that we will see similar strong action from Governor-elect Youngkin after he takes office in January.

Likewise, I expect strong action from our new Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor to protect the people of Virginia.

 

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has a new book out, The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health. Here is a link to a video interview with Tucker Carlson I found very interesting. https://www.bitchute.com/video/5B9aY7XM3jRs/

 

RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS FOR ALL LOCAL RESIDENTS!

On Monday, the Commonwealth announced the latest awards of the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) grants to bring universal broadband service to all currently unserved residents and businesses in Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick Counties.

I know it’s been a very long and painful process to bring broadband service to all my constituents in Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties. Over the last 8+ years, I’ve heard from so many constituents about the way lack of reliable internet service has hindered their ability to work, learn and enjoy life in the rural parts of the district I serve. I’ve worked with all the local governments, internet providers, and constituents to try everything possible to bring them affordable access to reliable broadband internet. More information on these efforts is on my website at votelarock.us/issues/broadband

The last 18 months have taken this need to a whole new level, as so many people have transitioned to working and schooling at home. Fortunately, this increased need, as well as legislative efforts I and others worked on, has brought us to the point where Virginia was ready to bring public and private investment together to solve this complicated problem for the foreseeable future.

Details of local VATI grants:

Loudoun County and All Points Broadband $17,524,000 award, leveraging $42,376,126 to build fiber broadband to 8,629 unserved locations and achieve universal coverage in Loudoun County.

Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission and All Points Broadband $95,303,000 award, leveraging $190,759,621 to build fiber broadband to 37,357 unserved locations and achieve universal coverage in Clarke, Frederick, and several other Counties.

My thanks go to the Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick County Boards of Supervisors, All Points Broadband, Dominion Energy, and the Northern Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, and Rappahannock Electric Cooperatives for working together with VATI staff to bring this necessary service to our communities.

I look forward to working with all my constituents and the stakeholders in this project to finally bring this long-standing effort to a successful resolution in the coming months.

An updated deployment timeframe for each of All Points' projects funded Monday will be announced in early 2022. Residents should visit fiber.allpointsbroadband.com to register their location and to sign up to receive more information about broadband deployment projects in their area.

 

2022 SESSION UPDATE:

We're continuing to prepare for the upcoming 2022 session, which will be Jan. 12-March 12, 2022. There is a lot of bad legislation from the last two years to undo, and while House Republicans are eager to do that, it may be difficult, as the Senate committees are stacked such that we would need 2, 3, or even more Democrats to go along with all Republicans to pass a bill. We are giving it our best effort, and will likely be asking you to encourage senators to support our initiatives.

Last week, I hosted virtual discussions with conservative legislators and organizations to consider the opportunities and challenges we face in the upcoming session. I've also requested some new Committee assignments, including those I was removed from by Speaker Filler Corn.

Want to experience the legislative process first-hand?

I'm still looking for help in Richmond during the upcoming session. We typically hire a full-time session aid (paid, but no state benefits), as well as an intern (usually volunteer, with more flexible hours). Some pictures of our great teams from past years are below. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact us!

 

NOVA JOINT TRANSPORTATION MEETING - TONIGHT!

Northern Virginia Transportation is complicated. In 2018 I passed HB 1285, which requires the Commonwealth Transportation Board, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and Virginia Railway Express to hold an annual meeting where they provide updates & take public input on all their projects. It's tonight at 7pm - virtually - RSVP here!

Thank you for the tremendous honor and privilege of serving you for another term in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Sincerely,

PS: Please pray for all our newly-elected and returning leaders, that they would commit their ways to the Lord and be willing to stand strong in supporting good legislation in the upcoming session. Also pray for Governor-elect Youngkin and Attorney General-elect Miyares as they make critically important personnel decisions in the coming weeks. If you're interested in serving, the Youngkin administration application portal is here.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email my office at 540-751-8364 or DelDLaRock@house.virginia.gov. You can also follow my campaign on Twitter @LaRock4Delegate and my Facebook page to keep up to date. I'm also now on MeWe and Telegram.



 
 

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