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Richmond Report: Transportation, Restaurant Charity and More

Del. Rob Krupicka (D-45th) checks in with a report from the General Assembly.

The General Assembly has been as busy as ever this past week as we approach crossover and I wanted to take a moment to send you a brief update on what is going on here in the capital as well as tell you about an upcoming event back in the 45th District.

First, I hope you will join me for a Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 16. I’ll be taking comments and questions at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, located at 901 Wythe St. in Alexandria. Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) will be there as well. There is a small parking lot on site and street parking all around the recreation center. No RSVP necessary; come for all or part.

The House of Delegates passed a transportation package this week. This is one of many steps in a long process to come up with a final transportation package for our state. I voted against this version because it takes money from education, which is reprehensible after years of state cuts in per pupil spending. It removes the gas tax, which most economists say is the most effective and reasonable user fee for transportation. It doesn’t have anywhere close to enough money for Northern Virginia’s needs. And it gives too much power to VDOT to direct how money is spent.

I will keep pushing for a plan that will give us more local control over our transportation needs. I’ve been told that the conference committee is committed to working toward that goal. I don’t expect the final bill will be perfect, but if it gives us real revenues for our local roads and transit and it gives us more local control, then it will be something I will seriously consider. I continue to appreciate the comments and input from my constituents on this important issue and I encourage you to keep it up.

My restaurant charity bill (HB 2262) passed the House this week. This bill removes the need for special permits or fees to be filed when a restaurant wants to donate food to a local nonprofit.  This will help the large number of nonprofits in our community and around the state to work with their local restaurants on fundraising and other charitable activities. I appreciate the number of local nonprofits and restaurants that helped me on this bill, especially Mike Anderson of Mango Mike’s who made a trip to Richmond to testify.

And lastly, I’m pleased to report that the House Appropriation’s committee has included $1.85 million of mental health first aid training funds in its budget proposal. This is a huge step for the Commonwealth. Mental health first aid training will play an important role in community safety as well as to help people get access to the mental health services they need to live constructive lives in our state. I will be working hard to make sure this is in the final budget.

I am always interested in hearing your thoughts. Please contact my office with any questions, concerns or ways in which I could be of service. You can contact me at DelRKrupicka@House.Virginia.gov or by calling 804-698-1045 during session or 571-357-5762 if you prefer a local number.

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amy lu February 10, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Rep. Krupicka - The City of Alexandria currently is reviewing the definition of tow and considering aligning its towing rates with those of adjacent jurisdictions. What is the status of HB 1948 & HB 2202? How will it affect Alexandrians HB 1948 Definition of "tow." Supplies a definition of "tow" as the term is used in connection with the ticketing, removal, or immobilization of trespassing vehicles. Thanx. HB 2202 Vehicle towing charges. Increases from $125 to $135 the maximum hookup and initial towing fee that may be charged for the towing a passenger car towed from private property without its owner's consent, unless a local ordinance sets a different limit.

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