The past two weeks in Richmond have been very busy as we continue to pass bills through the committee process to the House floor. This week, we achieved a landmark victory in the fight against the discrimination of LGBTQ people. Under current Virginia law, LGBTQ people can be fired from their jobs, denied housing, or refused service at a restaurant, shop, or doctor’s office. I introduced HB 1663 to modernize existing laws to protect LGBTQ Virginians from discrimination in employment, housing, access to credit, and public accomodations.
We gaveled into session on January 8th, the 2020 General Assembly session is up and running in full gear. The first Democratic House of Delegates majority in over two decades began its work by considering measures that have broad public support but have been bottled up in committee for years. The first resolution considered in this “long” 60-day session was the Equal Rights Amendment--Virginia becoming the 38th state to ratify on a vote of 59-41.
Happy National Voter Registration Day! To participate in Election Day in Virginia on November 5, you must register to vote by October 15. Below are some helpful tips:
- You can check your voter registration information here.
This past week, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), re-instated the blue and yelllow rail service and opened all of the stations along each line. To my commuters who have survied the summer: thank you for your patience. I hope the new facilities are visually appealing as well as safer. As a frequent rider, I am happy to have service back!
The following stations have reopened after the platform reconstruction project and updates to metro facilities: Braddock Rd, King Street, Van Dorn St, Franconia-Springfield, Esienhower Ave and Huntington.
The 2020 House of Delegates Page Program application has gone LIVE on the “Capitol Classroom” section of the Virginia General Assembly website. It also will be featured for the next three months there as well as on the scrolling Virginia General Assembly home page highlighting various “news worthy” happenings around Capitol Square.
The 2020 House Page application is accessible here - https://capclass.virginiageneralassembly.gov/PagePrograms/PagePrograms.html
We apologize for any inconvenice, but the office phone will be disconnected from Friday, June 7th until Monday, June 24th, 2019. If you need to reach Delegate Sickles, please email DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov or call the Richmond office at (804) 698-1043. Thank you.
These six stations will be closed for full platform reconstruction and infrastructure improvements from Saturday, May 25th to Sunday, September 8:
On June 1, the ramp connecting the HOV lanes and I-395 South, just south of the Pentagon, will close permanently. When traveling from D.C. to Virginia, expect new traffic patterns near the 14th Street Bridge and the Pentagon. This closure will improve safety, as this is the location where the most accidents happen in the I-395 corridor, and improve connectiveity to the Pentagon, Pentagon City and Crystal City.
Gaveled into session on January 10th, the 2018 General Assembly Session is now in full swing. As always on even years, the General Assembly meets for 60 rather than 45 days to consider legislation. Although longer, the even-year session moves just as fast, as legislators plow through many bills and budget amendments.
In light of news in New Orleans, Baltimore, and the Neo-Nazi, white supremacist unpleasantness and murder in Charlottesville, Confederate monuments and their future are even more in the news. In my view, there is only one venue to discuss locally erected monuments and that is in that locality--it is an opportunity for everyone to learn and re-learn our local history. For the most part, that is the law today, although there is ongoing litigation that could change the status quo and prevent the removal of any monument regardless of the context surrounding its erection.