STATEMENT OF DELEGATE TIM HUGO ON HOUSE TRANSPORTATION BILL HB 2313

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Richmond, VA- Virginia House of Delegates Majority Caucus Chair Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax) released the following statement earlier today on House Bill 2313:

"Today, the House of Delegates passed HB 2313, the Governor’s transportation bill. I did not vote in favor of the bill as I do not believe that it is the right vehicle to address Virginia’s transportation needs. Now is not the time to increase taxes on Virginia’s hard-working families. While I disagree with the bill’s approach, I appreciate my colleagues’ efforts to solve our transportation needs."

As the third ranking member in the Virginia House of Delegates leadership, Delegate Hugo currently serves as the Majority Caucus Chairman for the House Republican Caucus. He is the Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Commerce and Labor, Transportation, and Privileges and Election Committees. Delegate Hugo represents Centreville, Clifton, Fairfax, and Fairfax Station in Fairfax County as well as Catharpin, Gainesville, Haymarket, and Manassas in Prince William County.

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LYME DISEASE LEGISLATION PASSES THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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Richmond, VA- Yesterday on the House floor, Delegate Tim Hugo argued for stronger Lyme disease legislation that would provide patients with the critical information needed to protect them against this escalating and devastating illness. Introduced by Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-McLean) and Co-Patroned by Delegate Hugo (R-Clifton), HB 1933 would require the Virginia Department of Health to provide information about the potential for false negative results of Lyme disease testing.

According to the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, 71 percent of patients who take the test will get a false negative. While Lyme disease is potentially crippling even when caught early, a misdiagnosis can cause victims to suffer severe and permanent damage if the illness goes untreated.

As a resident of Northern Virginia, Delegate Hugo has seen first-hand the devastating effects of Lyme disease in his community. Hugo spoke of the tragic consequences due to this disease’s devastating effects, "I have had close friends and neighbors become permanently disabled due to Lyme disease. I know that if they had been properly diagnosed, they would lead very different lives today. It is imperative that we provide patients with the knowledge that testing for Lyme disease often produces false negatives."

In conclusion, "Lyme disease is a dangerous and insidious disease. It affects the way we live and our ability to work. Its presence is growing at an alarming rate. I am hopeful that Governor McDonnell will sign this legislation so that other families will not needlessly suffer the consequences of a misdiagnosis."

If you would like additional information regarding Lyme disease, please visit the Virginia Department of Health at www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/factsheets/Lyme….e.htm.

As the third ranking member in the Virginia House of Delegates leadership, Delegate Hugo currently serves as the Majority Caucus Chairman for the House Republican Caucus. He is the Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Commerce and Labor, Transportation, and Privileges and Election Committees. Delegate Hugo represents Centreville, Clifton, Fairfax, and Fairfax Station in Fairfax County as well as Catharpin, Gainesville, Haymarket, and Manassas in Prince William County.

My column in the Connection on human trafficking here in Virginia

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Washington Post article on bill to increase taxes without a referendum that was defeated in my subcommittee

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I want to thank Taylor Marrow of Centreville High School for coming to Richmond today to speak on behalf of a bill she helped create.

Had the opportunity to meet with constituents from Centreville High School today. The students are in Richmond testifying on behalf of a bill they helped draft.

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HB1609 Unanimously Passed by the Virginia Senate

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Richmond, VA- Delegate Tim Hugo’s (R-40th) HB 1609 was unanimously passed by the Senate today and will now go to the Governor’s desk for final approval. This legislation will improve coordination between public four-year higher education institutions, mental health facilities, and local hospitals. It aims to create a safer and more supportive environment for students and may prevent future tragedies. A companion bill, SB 1342, was introduced by Senator Chapman Petersen.

The legislation was proposed in response to a request from two of Delegate Hugo’s constituents, Greg Richter and Lu Ann McNabb. Both serve on the Board of Directors of the Angel Fund, an organization created in the memory of Reema Samaha, one of the 32 victims killed at Virginia Tech. In explaining Angel Fund’s mission, Angel Fund President Ms. McNabb cited numerous cases of students suffering from mental health-related issues in Fairfax County. She continued, "Our concern over these deaths and the issues with which our young people struggle prompted us to focus our mission on creating an atmosphere of acceptance where our schools and communities have a caring, supportive, and inclusive environment."

A recent study conducted by the Virginia College of Mental Health stated that, "Based on national data as well as the data available in Virginia, it is likely that at least 46,000 of Virginia’s college students are experiencing significant mental health concerns and are in need of psychological assistance at any given time."

One of the study’s recommendations calls for "an establishment of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between institutions of higher learning and local community service boards (CSBs). While several universities already have existing MOUs with local CSBs, Delegate Hugo’s bill ensures that all four-year public colleges and universities will have the mechanisms in place in order to expand services available to students seeking treatment.

Delegate Hugo said of this issue, "Ensuring the mental health of our youth is of the utmost importance. Strengthening the connection between higher education institutions and mental health facilities will create a safer and more supportive environment for students and may help to prevent future tragedies."

As the third ranking member in the Virginia House of Delegates leadership, Delegate Hugo currently serves as the Majority Caucus Chairman for the House Republican Caucus. He is the Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Commerce and Labor, Transportation, and Privileges and Election Committees. Delegate Hugo represents Centreville, Clifton, Fairfax, and Fairfax Station in Fairfax County as well as Catharpin, Gainesville, Haymarket, and Manassas in Prince William County.

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