Dear Prince William friends, families, and neighbors,
I’m typing these words on a chilly Friday afternoon to give you an update on various issues.
A DAY IN THE CLASSROOM: On November 5, I was privileged to teach a segment on the Virginia General Assembly to five 4th grade classes at T. Clay Wood Elementary School in Nokesville. I was impressed by the students and will host a visit and tour of the Virginia State Capitol in January for 180 students, parents, and faculty members from T. Clay Wood Elementary School. If your school is interested in learning about Virginia state government and the public policy process, please let us know and it will be our privilege to roll out the red carpet for you in January or February at Mr. Jefferson’s Virginia State Capitol. The same goes for individual families…let us know when you’ll be in Richmond, and we’ll host an unforgettable experience for you and your family!
I-95 EXPRESS LANES TRANSITION: The HOV Lanes will officially morph into HOT Lanes in December. Here’s a diagram and explanation of the new corridor: http://www.95expresslanes.com/transition
VIRGINIA MEGAPROJECTS UPDATE FOR THE I-95/395/495 CORRIDOR: For the latest update on planned road closures and real-time traffic maps and info, click here: www.511Virginia.org.
PRINCE WILLIAM COMMITTEE OF 100 PROGRAM ON LICENSE PLATE READERS AND PERSONAL PRIVACY: On Thursday, November 20, 7-9pm, the PW Committee of 100 will host a dinner and panel discussion on law enforcement use of license plate readers (LPRs) to gather information on personal vehicles, which raises privacy concerns by the public. The event will be at the Wyndham Garden Manassas, 10800 Vandor Lane, Manassas, VA. Attendees have two options. Option #1 is to attend dinner at 7pm at a cost of $30 (please RSVP NLT noon on Monday, November 17, at http://www.pwc100.org/home/november-forum), followed by the panel discussion. Option #2 is to arrive at 7:45pm after dinner and attend only the panel discussion at no cost (no RSVP required). During the 2015 legislative session of the General Assembly, I will carry a bill to establish a statewide rule set for the collection and retention of license plate data by law enforcement jurisdictions across Virginia. Your participation and input will be an important part of the rules that I will propose to the General Assembly. For more on this issue, click to see my speech on the House floor earlier this year: House Speech on Privacy
VETERANS DAY MESSAGE AND PROPOSED VETERANS LEGISLATION: During our General Assembly session this past Monday, I made a floor speech marking the meaning of Veterans Day and why Virginia has a national reputation as one of the most veteran-friendly states in the country. Click her to see my remarks: The Meaning of Veterans Day. Additionally, we anticipate a full schedule of military and veteran legislation during the 2015 session of the General Assembly, and I recently summarized our agenda on the portico of the Virginia State Capitol: Military & Veteran Legislation in 2015
2015 FUTURE DELEGATE PROGRAM (FDP): For the third year, we’ll host our FDP at the Virginia State Capitol during the 2015 legislative session that runs from January 14 to February 28. During the program, I host a PWC student for an entire day with me at the Capitol, attending all committee meetings, the daily House floor session, press conferences, meetings with senior elected officials, and much more…in short, the student stays with me for the entire day from 8am-5pm. For interested families, we’ll host an orientation session on Tuesday, December 16, 7-8:30pm, Powell’s Creek Conference Room, McCoart Government Center, 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, VA. At that time, we’ll discuss the 2015 FDP, answer questions, and hand out application forms. This is an excellent opportunity for young people to experience Virginia state government first-hand and consider a career in public service. The program is managed by our 51st House District Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator, Ms. Kristina Schnack Kotlus, who can be reached at Kristinalsk@yahoo.com.
51st HOUSE DISTRICT ART DAY AT THE CAPITOL: If your son or daughter is a budding artist, please watch for information from your school’s art teacher about our 2015 Art Day at the Capitol Program. We are working with the PWC School Division on nominations of outstanding student artists to display their work in the Virginia State Capitol. We’ll honor Art Day students at our 2015 Art Day at the Capitol on Friday, February 20, 9-30am-12pm in the 4th Floor West Conference Room of the General Assembly Building (GAB), next to the Virginia State Capitol. The event will include awards to each selected student artist, a tour of the Capitol for students and families, and meetings with senior leaders of the House of Delegates. Like our FDP, this program is managed by our 51st House District Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator, Ms. Kristina Schnack Kotlus, who can be reached at Kristinalsk@yahoo.com.
And that’s it for this update. Thanks for the privilege of representing you at home and in Richmond, and please call if we may ever assist…we’re as close as your phone or keyboard!
RICHARD L. ANDERSON
Delegate, 51st House District
Virginia General Assembly