Second Week of the 2016 General Assembly Session Wraps-Up

January 22, 2016
Contact: Christian Heiens
(540) 497-2955
Second Week of the 2016 General Assembly Session Wraps-Up
RICHMOND, VA - The Virginia House of Delegates has just completed its second week of the 2016 session. Over the past week, Delegate Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) has filed three additional bills: HB1341, HB1349, HB1350, and HB1375.  Delegate Freitas was elected to his first term in November 2015, and currently represents the 30th District in the House, comprising the counties of Madison, Orange, and parts of Culpeper. 
News from Richmond
Delegate Freitas bills currently active in committees:

HB459 - Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs
Gives greater control to localities in selecting CTE teachers.
HB760 - Transparency in Government
Requires the Auditor of Public accounts to update the transparency website to provide more information on government spending and to make information easier to find. 

HB762 - Electric Transmission Line Planning Association
Allows localities to form associations so that they can more closely monitor transmission line planning and protect property rights
HB763 - 10th Amendment
 Prohibits the use of state and local law enforcement from assisting the federal government in the enforcement of regulations that haven't been properly voted on by congress, when there are active investigations of violent crimes within their jurisdictions 

HB1183 - Revocation of the "Incumbent Protection Act"
Removes the portion of election law which provides incumbents special privileges to select their method of nomination. 

District-Side News

Congratulations to Catherine Reames 
Eastern View High School  
 Virginia CTE Teacher of the Year!

With the onset of one of the largest snow-storms in recent memory, Culpeper, Madison, and Orange counties lie in the heart of the blizzard's pathway. Snowfall accumulation in the district could reach over 3 feet in some areas. Here are some useful tips for weathering the storm:

If going outdoors: Dress in several layers of loose fitting clothing. Wear insulated and waterproof boots, gloves, and a hat.

At home: Prepare for power outages. Have flashlights and a battery powered radio/TV. Keep extra batteries, non-perishable food, water, medicine/first aid, pet food, and baby items on hand.

During power outages: Close off unused rooms. Seal cracks with towels. Stay hydrated. Use caution with alternative heat.

Travel: Avoid if possible! Keep a full tank of gas and a charged cell phone. Let someone know your route and timetable. Drive slowly and cautiously and maintain extra distance between vehicles. Have a safety kit: blankets, extra clothes, flashlights, non-perishable food, water, shovel, scraper, flares, and jumper cables.

If stranded: Stay in your vehicle! Run motor about 10 minutes per hour. Keep tailpipe clear and crack a window to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Exercise/keep blood circulating. Make yourself visible to rescuers (turn on dome light, tie colored cloth to exterior).


Here are a few additional helpful links for dealing with the storm and potential power outages:



Road conditions across the Commonwealth:
Winter driving tips:
Tips for seniors:
Power outage tips:

As always, flee feel free to reach out to our office with any concerns, questions or comments you may have. We are here to serve.



Delegate Nick J. Freitas

30th House District

Office: 808-698-1030

Cell: 540-222-7706

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