General Assembly Sets Up Hot Line
The Virginia General Assembly has set up a toll-free constituent viewpoint hot line. This is an opportunity for residents to provide lawmakers with their opinions on issues before the assembly. The toll-free number is 800-889-0229.
The hot line will receive calls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on each legislative workday until March 11. Operators will ask callers to provide their names, addresses, telephone numbers and the legislative issue on which they are expressing their views. The operator also will inform callers of their legislators, record the message and forward the information to legislators for their review.
If a caller seeks additional information concerning legislation or wishes to speak directly with a legislator, the operator will provide the appropriate telephone number. For additional information regarding this service, call Jay Braxton, of the House clerk's office, at 804-698-1552, or Jeanette Moore, of the Senate clerk's office, at 804-698-7460.
Paying for College Is Workshop Topic
Area high school students and their families are invited to a free workshop Saturday on planning and paying for college.
The program will offer attendees information on financial aid, college loans, the differences in federal student loan programs and more. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) is scheduled to speak at the event.
The event is sponsored by Sallie Mae, a company that provides educational loans. It will take place at 9:30 a.m. at J.E.B. Stuart High School, 3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church. To register, call 877-840-8224. Seating is limited.
Fairfax City, County Forge Deal
Fairfax County has agreed in principle to forgo collecting about $645,000 in annual revenue from Fairfax City in return for the city's pledge to spend $8 million to renovate the regional library on Chain Bridge Road near Main Street.
County officials said that the agreement would speed up needed renovations at the library and estimated that the lost revenue will be less than what the county would pay in debt service if it funded the work itself.
Renovations, including additional parking, are to begin in the fall. Under a 1978 agreement, the city pays the county to operate the library.
Vienna Post Office May Get New Name
Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) plans to introduce legislation this month to rename the Vienna post office after Charles A. Robinson Jr., the longtime mayor of Vienna who died of lung cancer Jan. 3.
Davis will introduce the bill in the House of Representatives, with a companion bill in the Senate sponsored by Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.). Robinson, who served on the Vienna Board of Zoning Appeals in the mid-1950s, was elected mayor of the town in 1976 and served in that post until his death at age 79.