Arlingtonians Weigh In on 2019 Legislative Priorities

Published on November 17, 2018

The Arlington County Board today held a public hearing on the County's proposed 2019 General Assembly legislative priorities, seeking public comment before adopting the package at the Board's December 15 meeting. The Board may adjust the package in response to comments received at the hearing and immediately after. To submit comments, email the County Board at:

The legislative session begins January 9, 2019 and is scheduled to adjourn February 23, 2019. The session will consider the governor's amendments to the Fiscal Year 2018-2020 budget and a myriad of other issues.

"With the 2019 General Assembly legislative session rapidly approaching, we look forward to working in partnership with our legislative delegation and the General Assembly to achieve our community's priorities," Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol said.

County staff, working with Board members and with input from the public, developed the legislative package over the summer and fall. The Board also will hold a work session with the Arlington General Assembly delegation on the legislative package, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 in the County Board Room. No public testimony will be taken at the work session, but it will be open to the public and broadcast live by ATV, the County cable station.

A highlight of the County's package is a call for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution that was proposed by Congress in 1972. Both the Arlington League of Women Voters, and the Arlington Civic Federation have called on the General Assembly to ratify the ERA.

The County also will seek to preserve critical funding streams for public education, public safety, human services, transportation and other core services, including:

  • Fully funding K-12 education, including the Standards of Quality and the Cost of Competing factor.

  • Ensuring dedicated transportation funding that is stable and predictable for both capital projects and transit operations. This includes a replacement for the Capital Project Revenue (CPR) bonds for statewide transit, the match for federal funding, and regional funding that needs to be restored.

  • Re-examining assumptions that led to reduced funds for Community Services Boards in FY 2019 and 2020. If reimbursements for new Medicaid enrollments do not equal the reductions, restoring the difference in current and future funding.

To read the staff report, priorities and policy statements, visit the County website. Scroll to Item No. 28.