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Virginia House of Delegates 48th District!

As redrawn in 2011, Virginia’s 48th Delegate District includes the area in Northern Virginia covering north Arlington, as well as much of McLean from the Arlington border to the Beltway. It also runs along the Potomac from Chain Bridge to National Airport and Crystal City.

I’m proud to have represented the 48th District’s citizens in Richmond since 1998. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read about my background, the legislation I have championed in Richmond, and my stand on issues that matter to Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth.

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March 2, 2014

As we head toward our scheduled adjournment date on March 6, this week much of the rhetoric on the floor of the House centered around the most contentious issue of this session — whether or not to expand health coverage to hundreds of thousands on Virginians. Right now nobody knows how or whether this issue will be resolved and whether we’ll be able to complete our work on time. There’s another issue in the budget that we’ve delayed dealing with year after year. That’s the condition of the General Assembly Building. The GAB is the office building in Capitol Square that houses the offices of the delegates and senators while we’re in session, as well as several hundred support staff year-round. The GAB is actually four separate buildings dating from 1912 to 1965 that were combined in the 1970s. So we’re dealing with an infrastructure that’s as much as a hundred years old, and we’re on borrowed time.

One of the biggest problems with the GAB is in the newest wing. When it was built in the sixties, the west part of the building was fireproofed by spraying asbestos on the structure and its beams and girders. But this material has degraded over the past 50 years,and there’s a constant danger that asbestos will be introduced into the heating and cooling system, If that happens, we might have to evacuate the building and shut it down immediately.

In addition, the building contains numerous fire code violations, including exit doors that swing inward, missing exit signs, a dead-end corridor, and insufficient ways of getting out of some conference rooms. On top of that, the sprinkler system has reached the end of its useful life. The building is out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, ranging from access barriers at the entrance to door hardware to service counters to the restrooms.

For the Senators and Delegates who are in Richmond part-time, the GAB is an inefficient and inconvenient eyesore. Far more seriously, we’re requiring the building’s full-time employees to work in conditions that can only be described as life threatening, and we’re denying disabled employees and visitors the opportunity to participate fully in the work of their government. So I’m glad that both the House and Senate budgets include funding for a new General Assembly Building and other necessary improvements around Capitol Square. This is a long overdue and urgent investment.  Report from Richmond #6.

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