Last Wednesday, April 20th, the Virginia General Assembly session reconvened in Richmond to consider Governor McAuliffe’s vetoes and amendments to legislation. The Governor returned 88 of the 811 bills passed this year, 32 with a veto and 56 with a recommended amendment.
Governor's Vetoes Sustained
I supported all of the Governor's vetoes and each one was sustained, meaning that legislation that would have defunded Planned Parenthood, legalized LGBT discrimination, and lowered the wages of working Virginians will not become law.
To see the full list of bills we considered and how each member voted click here. http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+lst+VET
Education at all levels
Meanwhile, here in the district, I’ve been busy meeting with groups and constituents. I’ve been making a special effort to reach out to the schools in the community and have met with the principals of a number of them so far. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet with students to listen to their presentations as well. Oakton High School recently held the Exposition of Learning. I was so impressed by the teachers and students alike who made presentations on topics of their choosing.
The Exposition of Learning is an example of project-based learning, an assessment type that allows students to express their mastery of a topic using a visual and oral presentation instead of a traditional test.
Last week I also visited Franklin Middle School and listened to student presentations on proposed legislative initiatives to increase alternative sources of energy. We could use their help in the House of Delegates.
I continue to be encouraged by the creative approaches our teachers use in the classroom and the students who meet the challenges with energy and enthusiasm.
I visited with the principals in the Herndon Pyramid to learn about all of the strengths and resources in the school community. Students sang for us and provided a tour. My children graduated from Herndon High School and I served on the PTSA board for a number of years.
I also met with a group of adults working to take the exam to become U.S. citizens. Each person shared their personal stories with me. They have all been working hard to master the information to pass the test. I was inspired by their efforts.
Last night I attended the kickoff to The Big Read at the Herndon Fortnightly Library. We were treated to readings and discussion from two award winning authors-Kwame Alexander (kwamealexander.com) and Meg Medina (megmedina.com). This is a nationwide program created to encourage our youth to read. I'm a lifelong fan of reading and encourage you and your children to join in the program. Many thanks to Arts Herndon for bringing this program to our community.
Here is the schedule (location at the Fortnightly Library if not listed):
Cantaré! How Night Came From the Sea
An interactive Latin American musical and storytelling presentation
Sunday, May 15, 4 pm at the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Herndon
The Myth of the Golden Carp
Produced by NextStop Theatre
Sunday, May 22, 2016, time: TBA
Paint the Story With Melanie Stanley
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 7-9 pm
Adults and High School Students
Seating is limited. Registration will open in May. Materials fee.
The Chicano Movement of the 1970’s
Guest Speaker: TBA
Friday, June 10, 2016, 1-3 pm
Dance-Off and Stories from Mexico
Special Guest: Acoatzin Torres
Sunday, June 12, 2016, 2-4 pm
School-aged children and their families.
The event is free, but seating in limited. Click here to register.
The Big Read Finale: Book Groups and Book Lovers Summit
Guest Speaker: TBA
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 7-9 pm
Teens and Adults
Out in the community
This spring I’ve participated in two community cleanups. The first was at Sully Historic Site with the Nature Conservancy.
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Just this past weekend, for the second year, I joined our neighbors in Armfield Farm HOA. Even though it rained the whole time we were out, we gathered 142 pounds of trash. Here I am with several of the youngest members of the Armfield Farm community who participated.
April has also been a month to recognize those who give their time and talent to make the community a better place for all. I attended the Herndon Volunteer Awards and the Police and Firefighters Valor Awards in Herndon, Fairfax County and Loudoun County. Our first responders and volunteers are the heart of our community.
ACHN Resolution Presentation
The ADAMS Compassionate Healthcare Network is both a clinic and a network of healthcare providers who serve the uninsured, low-income individuals in our Northern Virginia community. I was proud to be the chief patron of the resolution HJ 207 to commend the work of ACHN’s doctors, nurses, volunteers, and partners. I was joined by my colleagues Delegates Kathleen Murphy, Ken Plum, John Bell, and Sam Rasoul in the House and Senators Jennifer Wexton and Barbara Favola in sponsoring this resolution. The work the ACHN does each day is life-changing and inspiring. To learn more about ACHN, please visit their website: http://www.achnhealth.org/
Virginia is one of the few states in the country that disenfranchises people convicted of felonies for life, despite successfully completing any sentencing or probation requirements. Restoration of civil rights that include voting, running for office and serving on juries or as a public notary involved a long process that ultimately ended with the Governor’s decision. Recent Governors have all increasingly added the numbers of people whose rights have been restored, notably including Republican Governor Bob McDonnell.
Swift rights restoration has been a focus of the current Governor, however, and last week we saw the biggest single movement to expand voting rights. By Executive Order, Gov. McAuliffe restored the rights of about 200,000 Virginians who have completed their sentence and probation requirements, and plans to continue mass restorations every month until he leaves office in 2018, as people become eligible.
To see whether your rights have been restored under this Executive Order, visit https://solutions.virginia.gov/RestorationOfRights/search. If your sentence and probation requirements were fulfilled by April 22nd, you should be covered by the Executive Order. If you have not been able to verify by the online database, you can call 804-692-0104.
Push a different pedal
Bike to Work Day 2016 will take place on Friday, May 20th, 2016. For more information about Bike to Work Day visit www.biketoworkmetrodc.org. For more information about bicycling, bike advocacy, and upcoming bike events, please visit www.waba.org. If this is your first Bike to Work Day, you can find some helpful introductory information about the event here.
When registering, you must select a pit stop to be eligible to pick up your FREE t-shirt. Free t-shirts will be available for the first 15,000 registrants who are in attendance at the pit stop they registered for below. If you do not go to your pit stop on Bike to Work Day, you will not be able to get your free t-shirt. Please make sure you choose the correct pit stop when registering. A full list of pit stops and a map can be found here. Each pit stop will offer food, drinks and a chance to win cool prizes. Many pit stops also offer entertainment, fun activities and dynamic speakers. Please note that all pit stops have different start and end times, and a few are afternoon events.
Please use your home address when registering.
Happening Around the 86th
For your calendar coming up:
- Join area motorcyclists for the 5th Poker Run, which rides of out Jimmy's Tavern in Herndon at 10am making stops in Middleburg, Berryville, and Purcellville. Riders start gathering at 8:30am. Proceeds benefit American Legion Post 150 programming such as Boys & Girls State.
- On April 30th, from 9am until noon, support a local robotics team for kids ages 6 to 18 by attending an heirloom tomato & pepper seedling sale at 792 Grant St, Herndon. For a full list of the varieties available, visit robottomatoes.org
- On May 2nd, the Commonwealth Transportation Board will hold a public hearing to help finalize the next 6-year transportation plan based on a data-driven project list (available here). It will place in the Potomac Room of the VDOT NOVA District Office at 4975 Alliance Dr, Fairfax 22030, starting at 6pm.
- Thursday mornings starting May 5th, downton Herndon will host a weekly Farmers' Market from 8am to 12:30pm. For more information call 703-787-7300.
- Friday Night Live! will kick off May 6th and continue until August 26, usually starting around 6:30pm until around 10pm. Follow this link for the full band schedule.
- On May 9th and 11th at 6:30pm, VDOT will hold public information meetings on widening I-66 inside the Beltway. Click here for locations.
- On May 11th, the Committee for Dulles will host its second Dulles Matters seminar at the airport from 7:30-11am, highlighting the impact Dulles has on the region and state. For more information and to register, visit dullesmatters.com.
- The morning of May 14th from 10am to 2pm, join the Northern Virginia FosterWalk in support of foster families. To register, click here.
- If you're looking for a job, Sterling Supervisor Koran Saines will host a job fair on May 14th from 10am to 2pm at the Claude Moore Rec Center, 46105 Loudoun Park Ln, Sterling.
- On May 21st, TEDx Herndon will take place all day from 9am to 5pm at Herndon Middle School. For a list of speakers, click here.
- The evenings of May 23rd, 24th, and 25th at 6:30, VDOT will hold public hearings on changes to I-66 outside the Beltway. Click here for exact locations for each hearing.
- Join the General Assembly delegation from the Sully District for a report from Richmond, wrapping up the 2016 session. May 25th starting at 7pm at the Sully Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly.
- The Herndon Festival will be held from June 2 through June 5 in downtown Herndon with a variety of food and displays. More information visit herndonfestival.net or call 703-787-7300. I will be hosting a booth along with the other elected officials representing Herndon: Supervisor John Foust, Senator Jennifer Wexton and Congressman Gerry Connolly. Come see us!
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I am happy to meet with your group, HOA or organization to listen to your concerns and to foster cooperation in our community. Additionally, if you have a matter that concerns state government, contact my Herndon office at 703-437-0086 or send an email to DelJBoysko@house.virginia.gov. If you want to stop by, the office is on the 2nd floor of the Herndon Old Town Hall, though it's best to make an appointment. If your problem concerns another government level, we can still help you get connected with the appropriate person.