As a resident of the 39th District since college, I've worked along side countless dedicated citizens to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, Fairfax County, and Virginia. I'm honored to take on the challenge of bringing these issues and your concerns to the General Assembly.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
After several months delay, the 2014-2015 budget was finally passed on June 23, 2014. View my floor remarks regarding the Govenor's vetos and failure of the House to consider Medicaid expansion.
In addition, here is my basic response to people who've contacted me on expanding Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians – 70% of whom work but earn less than $32,000 for a family of four or $15,302 for one person.
Much of the rest of the work of governing Virginia, unfortunately, has been clouded by questions about ethics. Going into the regular GA session here are ethics reform issues I felt needed to be addressed.
For other issues, please see Vivian's Views about the work I've done and am committed to do in the future with the economy, transportation, community concerns, education, environment, crime, human services, senior citizens, and other important issues, including bills I've gotten passed.
Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns about any issue. It's a challenge to balance the best interests of all the citizens of the 39th District and be sure decisions will stand the test of time. I hope I will continue to have your trust.
Transportation Funding View this PowerPoint for a concise summary of the comprehensive (and therefore complex!) new transportation funding. After years of long night hours pulling together material to be an effective advocate, I was pleased to play a role in the major break-through.
This cable interview lays out the transportation crisis after 28 years of no action and the politics of getting to a serious solution. This radio interview with John Fredericks also shows how transportation had to compete with social issues.
News from the 2015 General Assembly
-On Janurary 22 Delegate Watts was interviewed by Virginia Cable on transportation funding and mental health issues before the General Assembly.
Important: The 95 Express Lanes will be opening in December 2015 and will bring new rules of the road. All drivers, including hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates and carpoolers, will need an E-Z Pass or E-Z Pass Flex to use the Express Lanes. For complete information about the Express Lanes and how to obtain E-Z Pass, please go to www.95expresslanes.com.
Indeed, the fight to control Women's Health decisions is intense. These links present the legislative controversy:
-- Major issues affecting women's health
-- Personhood and birth/control
-- A decade of trying protect access to birth control
-- The fight over women's health decisions puts Virginia in national headlines
-- Legal issues and court decisions
Vivian with Governor McAuliffe and other General Assembly members on May 8, 2014, as the Governor signs new Mental Health legislation.
A huge part of my job as a Delegate is to help you in any way I can to solve problems you may be having with a wide range of issues, from street repairs to state tax returns. My aide, Deb Sherman, and I stand ready to make sure that you get the help you need. Both the Contact Me and Get Help sections are designed to serve you.
I'm proud to have raised my family and lived in the 39th District for over 40 years. I worked hard in my local PTA and neighborhood, in community service clubs and civic organizations, and on many citizen studies and task forces to make Fairfax County a great place to live.
As your Delegate, and as a former Secretary for Transportation and Public Safety I'm dedicated to improving the quality of life in Fairfax County and in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please, read more about my current record of service and about my long and deep involvement under About Vivian.