(NOTE: The County Board adopted the legislative package at its Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 Regular County Board Meeting. To view the adopted legislative package, scroll to Item No. 47 on the agenda.)
The Arlington County Board will hold a public hearing at its Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 Recessed County Board Meeting on its proposed legislative priorities for the 2018 General Assembly. After hearing from the public, the Board will hold a work session on the package with the Arlington General Assembly delegation in the County Board Room at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, and will adopt the legislative package at its December 16, 2017 County Board Meeting.
The 2018 General Assembly session begins January 10, 2018 and is scheduled to adjourn on March 10, 2018.
Speaking at a Board Meeting
You can find information on speaking at a County Board Meeting on our website. Or, watch live broadcasts of the Board Meeting on cable television, (Comcast 25 & 74 and Verizon FiOS 39 & 40), or live-streamed on the County website. To read the full proposed legislative package, scroll down to Item No. 54 on the agenda for the Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 Recessed County Board Meeting.
Among the proposed priorities:
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA): Urge the General Assembly and newly elected governor to provide sufficient, sustainable and dedicated funding sources to provide for WMATA’s long-term capital needs. Ensure state funding meets WMATA’s capital budget request to prevent significant cuts in service.
- Regional Gas Tax Revenue Floor: Establish the same floor on the regional gas tax that is currently imposed on the statewide gas tax through HB 2313 (2013). In the future this would protect Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads from the 40% revenue drop in tax collections since 2013. These funds are desperately needed for transit.
- Transient Occupancy Tax Dedicated to Travel and Tourism Promotion: That the General Assembly renew, without a sunset, the .25 percent transient occupancy tax on hotel rooms that funds travel and tourism promotion in Arlington.
- Education: Ensure all high school graduates, including undocumented students who meet residency and other reasonable requirements, have access to Virginia colleges and technical schools at in-state tuition rates.
- Immigration: Oppose any state mandates to localities requiring local law enforcement officers to evaluate the immigration status of individuals encountered during lawful stops or other routine police activities.
- Medicaid Expansion: Support full Medicaid expansion in Virginia, which will create jobs as well as increase federal funding to cover a critical group of working, poor Virginians. Support continued efforts to increase program economy, efficiency and effectiveness while enhancing the quality of care. Encourage the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services to build upon its rigorous efforts to maintain program integrity and to ensure taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and for their intended purpose.
- Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway: Explore/pursue all avenues to request the renaming of section of Jefferson Davis Highway that runs through Arlington County’, including action by the General Assembly or the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
- Nonpartisan Redistricting: Support depoliticizing the redrawing of Congressional and state legislative district boundaries with an approach that advocates for fairness, transparency and accountability, keeps the residents’ interests in mind, and encourages healthy debate and participation by the public in the process.
- Study opportunity for a Green Bank initiative in Virginia: Direct the Dept. of Mines, Minerals, and Energy to study the feasibility, costs, and benefits of establishing a “Green Bank” of public and private funds to serve as a catalyst for innovation and implementation of advanced energy efficiency practices, renewable energy deployment, and other environmental programming throughout the Commonwealth.
- Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard: Shift to a mandatory renewable portfolio standard to boost the market for renewable power in Virginia to keep pace with neighboring states.
Staff worked with the County’s boards and commissions, departmental staff and County Board members to develop the legislative and funding proposals for the 2018 General Assembly session, and attended a Civic Federation legislative committee meeting.