Because I grew up in our neighborhood, currently live in our neighborhood, and even work in our neighborhood, I have a good idea what we need and want from our government. Over that past 16 years of service as your Delegate, I have worked hard for you and gained seniority in the House which has enabled me to deliver results for our neighborhood and NOVA. These bipartisan results have built roads, kept class sizes small , made space available for our children to go to Virginia Universities, cleaned out our neighborhood of gangs, and eliminated outrageous taxes. I am not going to insult your intelligence by implying I did all these alone. No success is ever achieved alone. These were all accomplished with the help of my constituents and fellow legislators.
I continue to ask for your vote because we are not done yet - there is more work to do, and with your help, we can continue to improve transportation, provide new and renovated school building with small class sizes, preserve open space and provide for clean water and air, and continue to fight against outrageous taxes.
I lived in West Springfield from 1970 to 2003, and now live in South County right on Ox Rd. Rita and I were married on April 21, 2000 (aren't you proud that I remembered the day?). And we adopted Ben on September 1, 2005! We had one day notice and got our little Atlantic City, New Jersey boy the day after he was born.
I graduated UVA in 1984 with a degree in Economics. Then I attended law school at the University of Richmond in 1988.
After law school, I moved back to West Springfield, where I started my law practice.
Assistant Fairfax City Attorney (former prosecutor)
West Springfield Rotary
West Springfield Civic Association (former president)
Crime Commission (vice chairman)
South Springfield Alliance
South County Federation
In 1993, I ran for the House of Delegates and won. I have held this position for 18 years, and am truly honored to represent the area in which I grew up and currently live and work. All of this hard work has allowed me the honor of serving as Chairman of the Courts of Justice Committee (the Judiciary Committee).
Building roads and rail for a faster commute so that we have more time with our families,
Keeping our schools the same quality I had when I went to Fairfax Public Schools with quality buildings and small class sizes,
Getting our children into Virginia Colleges and Universities,
Making our neighborhoods safe so our children can safely play in the neighborhood,
Preserving open space and keeping our air and water clean so we are not run over by development and there are wonderful places for kids to play outdoors; and
Limiting Taxes so that while we can build roads and schools, we can also still afford to live in Fairfax County.
Source: www.davealbo.com/ (10/21/2009)
I know what you and your family want, because it is what I desire for my own family:
Over that past 16 years of service as your Delegate, I have worked hard for you and gained seniority in the House which has enabled me to deliver results for our neighborhood and NOVA. These bipartisan results have built roads, kept class sizes small , made space available for our children to go to Virginia Universities, cleaned out our neighborhood of gangs, and eliminated outrageous taxes. I am not going to insult your intelligence by implying I did all these alone. No success is ever achieved alone. These were all accomplished with the help of my constituents and fellow legislators.
"Flexible Benefits Health Insurance " HB 2024 (2009)
oReduces the number of uninsured Virginians by allowing small businesses the flexibility to offer affordable health insurance plans through greater choice of level of coverage.
oSince 1999, health insurance costs have risen 129% and 84% since 2001 forcing small business owners to cut health plans while preventing others from offering any in the first place.
"Small Business Insurance Pools" HB 761 (2006)
oAllowed small businesses to pool together in cooperatives to offer coverage of health care services.
oProviding small businesses with purchasing clout, bargaining power and wider coverage selection assist the entrepreneurs who employ nearly 65% of workers in Virginia.
As Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee and Vice-Chair of the Virginia State Crime Commission, I helped initiate a comprehensive study to make Virginia's laws against child molesters and sexual predators the toughest in the US.
First, let me give you some information on what our Special Sub-Committee learned. On average, an individual eventually found guilty of child molestation has previously committed twenty-one other sex crimes against children. This is because child molestation is vastly under reported. As you would expect, these unfortunate child victims do not necessarily know that these acts against them are wrong. In addition, their minds have been brain washed by the predators "not to tell." A second unbelievable and disgusting fact is that the recidivism rate for certain predators is 100%. In other words, child molesters can never be cured and rehabilitation of a child molester is useless.
Armed with this information, my Crime Commission and Courts of Justice Committee passed harsh new laws that make Virginia's laws the toughest and most effective in the US.
Harsher Penalties for Sex Offenders - HB 846 (Albo Chief Patron)
Stopping Predators from Getting Close to Our Children - HB 1589 (Albo Co-Patron)
Child Pornography Possession Added to Sex Offender Registry - HB 1333 (Albo Co-Patron)
Preventing Sex Offenders from Living Near Our Schools Omnibus HB 984 (Albo Co-Patron)
Keeping Predators Off the Streets - HB 1038 (Albo Co-Patron) This bill updates our Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators. The system requires psychological testing of these criminals and those who are determined incurable, are transferred to this secure facility. Since its inception in 2003, 70 people have been determined incurable and have been transferred permanently, and there are 141 currently in prison, but being submitted to the review process.
Delegate Dave Albo's Bills fighting Computer Crime and ID Theft
HB 2593 (2001) Establishes new penalties for using or publishing information about someone to intimidate or harass them.
HB 566 (2004) Provides new provisions to Virginia's Computer Trespass laws. While under existing law, it was illegal to go onto someone's computer without their permission and harm that computer, a loophole existed that allowed a cyber criminal to go onto someone's computer and use it, not to harm that user, but to harm another computer. Dave's bill punishes this illegal behavior also!
HB 2214 and HB 2215 (2005) Modernizes the Virginia Computer Crimes Act by updating definitions and penalties to keep pace with new technology, as well as increasing penalties on offenders.
Dave Albo is Virginia's leader in our fight against criminal street gangs. Delegate Albo has made Virginia's Anti-Gang laws the toughest in the US. He has sponsored 12 Anti-Gang Bills since taking office, stipulating harsh prison sentences for gang crimes, punishing the recruitment of juveniles into gangs, establishing enhanced punishments on gang activities in our schools, and deporting gang members who are illegal aliens after they serve their sentences for the crimes they commit.
Juvenile delinquents; gangs: SB 885 (Albo Co-Patron). Allows the court to require a juvenile found delinquent based on certain crimes to participate in a gang-activity prevention program funded under the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act and requires that transfer reports and social history reports include an assessment of affiliation with a youth gang.
Recruitment of juveniles for criminal street gang: HB 569 (Albo Chief Patron). Includes within the definition of "criminal street gang" the current definition of "pattern of criminal gang activity." The bill creates a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person of any age to recruit a person into a criminal street gang. Current law punishes an adult recruiting a minor as a Class 6 felony. The bill creates a Class 6 felony for forcing a person to become a gang member through the use or threat of force against that person or another person.
Crimes by gangs: HB 572 (Albo Chief Patron ). Includes within the definition of "criminal street gang" the current definition of "pattern of criminal gang activity." This bill was merged into my HB 569.
Predicate crimes by criminal street gangs: HB 1149 (Albo Co-Patron). Expands the list of predicate criminal acts that define a pattern of criminal activity and a criminal street gang to include certain drug sale, distribution, transportation, possession and manufacturing crimes and recruitment of a juvenile into a street gang.
Dave Albo's plan to increase hundreds of in-state slots at UVA, W&M, JMU and VA Tech without increasing taxes or in-state tuition!
For all Virginia public colleges and universities which do not presently have at least 75% of its undergraduate students from Virginia, those schools shall:
1.Immediately increase their out of state tuition to the level of private schools and use all the money generated by this increase to create more in-state student slots.
2.In the future, all new increases in state funding shall be used first to increase the number of in-state slots for our Virginia High School Seniors.
3.Create incentives to get students through four year college programs in four years! Every student on the Animal House, "Seven years of college down the drain," program, takes a seat away from a deserving Virginia High School senior. According to the U.S. Dept. of Education, 38.5% of college students enrolled in a four year degree program took greater than four years to graduate. Thus, we can increase the number of in-state slots 38.5% if all the students completed their four year degree in four years, or their five year degree in five, etc.
Since Dave Albo took office in 1993, state funding for K-12 (Kindergarden through 12th grade) education has increased over 100%! Because of this funding, according to the National Education Association Annual Report, Virginia has the 3rd lowest student teacher ratio in the U.S.
Since Dave Albo took office in 1993, state funding for K-12 (Kindergarden through 12th grade) education has increased over 100%! Because of this funding, according to the National Education Association Annual Report, Virginia has the 3rd lowest student teacher ratio in the U.S. But we all know that throwing money at a problem does not guarantee success. That is why Dave was a Co-sponsor to Virginia's higher standards of learning. While they were initially controversial, these higher standards have been immensely successful. Since the first year of SOL testing in 1998, Virginia students have improved at an incredible pace, with proficiency increases in 20 of the 22 measured academic areas.
But we all know that throwing money at a problem does not guarantee success. That is why Dave was a Co-sponsor to Virginia's higher standards of learning. While they were initially controversial, these higher standards have been immensely successful. Since the first year of SOL testing in 1998, Virginia students have improved at an incredible pace, with proficiency increases in 20 of the 22 measured academic areas.
Dave Albo's Efforts to Protect our Environment has Increased Land Preservation by 583%
When I first moved into West Springfield in 1970, I was in third grade and Springfield was the edge of Northern Virginia. We used to play in the woods and in Accontink Creek, which is now Daventry and Greenspring Village. We used to visit the Dairy farm, which is now the regional library at Huntsman and Keene Mill. It disappears quickly, and that is why I have dedicated myself to preserving what we have.
Below, you will find a few of the bills I was instrumental in helping pass.
Animal Fighting. Dog fighting and cockfighting are unfortunately prevalent underground activities in Virginia. The new bill raises the punishment for animal fighting from the present Class 3 Misdemeanor (no jail) to a Class 1 Misdemeanor (up to a year in jail). Then, if the fight involves something more than a straight fight, (e.g. use of razors on chicken claws, injecting hormones into dogs to make them more vicious, or gambling), it increases the punishment to a Class 6 Felony (one to five years in prison).
"Puppy Mills". I was shocked to learn that people can raise dogs in what is essentially a breeding factory, without any oversight. HB 538 drastically changes these practices. In short, it:
A.Defines a commercial breeder as any person who, during any 12-month period, maintains 30 or more adult female dogs for the primary purpose of the sale of their offspring as companion animals.
B.Commercial breeders will be required to: (i) apply for a business license from their respective locality; (ii) cooperate with inspections by animal control officers to ensure compliance with state and federal animal care laws; (iii) create a fire emergency plan and install fire safety measures; (iv) maintain records of animal sales, purchases, breeding history, and veterinary care; (v) dispose of dead dogs and confined waste in accordance with law; and (vi) maintain no more than 50 dogs over the age of one year at one time.
Gas Chambers. HB 5 eliminates the use of gas chambers to euthanize animals. It has been found that this is a painful way for an animal to die.
Neglect. In the past, a person could only be prosecuted for actually abusing an animal. Simply neglecting a pet (e.g. failing to give your dog food, water or shelter in extreme temperature) was not illegal. My bill, HB 1900 in the 2007 Session, made this abhorrent behavior a Class 5 Felony.
1. Re-write of Virginia's Land Conservation Laws.
In 2000 and 2001, Dave Albo re-wrote the Land Conservation Laws in order to make them more effective in preserving land. In 1995, only 6,000 acres were being preserved annually. Dave's bills set up a system for the State to purchase open space and to preserve farm land from development. It also allowed private entities to preserve land and ensured that they could never develop the land once preserved.
2. A new way to conserve land.
When a system is not working, Dave Albo often "thinks outside the box" on ways to achieve results. Under Virginia's current land preservation system, in order to save it, the State would buy land outright. This is a very expensive way to preserve land, and in NOVA, where land is so expensive, it practically precludes any land preservation. Dave Albo led the effort to preserve land through purchasing just the development rights. How does this work? If a person owns 5 acres of land in Fairfax County, that land would be worth $1 Million. The State could purchase that land and save 5 acres for $1 Million. Under Dave Albo's approach, the State purchases just the development rights (e.g. a payment of $250,000 if you never develop the land). The land owner maintains title to the land, but is restricted in its use. This is known as a "Conservation Easement." This Conservation Easement is recorded in the land records of the Court, so at any time in the future, if someone tries to purchase or develop the land, there is a permanent prohibition on development.
How effective is this method? Under the old system of outright purchase, $1 Million buys 5 acres. Under the Conservation Easement system, $1 Million buys 20 acres of open space - a 400% increase!
By taking the concepts generated in the Land Conservation Easement method, Dave and the General Assembly increased its effectiveness by combining it with tax credits in 1999. However, only the very rich were able to take advantage of this because only the very rich had enough income to make the tax credit meaningful. In 2002, Del Bill Howell, now Speaker of the the House, initiated a bill that would allow average citizens to preserve land and then sell the tax credits. (e.g. Land owner preserves $100,000 of development value on his land, but only has $20,000 due in state taxes. Thus, he could only get a tax credit for $20,000, thus leaving $80,000 "on the table" - not a very good incentive. This bill allows him to sell the remaining $80,000 on the financial markets. For example, he may be able to get $40,000 in cash from someone who needs an $80,000 state tax credit).
After this tax credit bill went into effect, land preservation in Virginia exploded!
The result -- Virginia has increased land preservation by 583%! In 1995, only 6,000 acres were preserved. In 2005, over 35,000 acres were permanently preserved!
Past legislative accomplishments include making health care more affordable for small businesses, encouraging Virginians to purchase private long-term care insurance, enhancing personal responsibility, expanding utilization of technology to increase safety, funding mental health services, empowering individuals to manage their health care, and reforming Medicaid to better meet patient needs while containing the expenditure growth. For children of families that truly can not afford to provide health care for their children, Virginia provides health insurance. See the Helping the Less Fortunate page.
From the list of bills below, you will see one thing missing: Any effort to force people into a government run healthcare system. Virginia's response has NOT been to force people into a government run health care system that will bankrupt the state.
*Flexible Benefits Health Insurance -- HB 2024 (2009)
*Small Business Insurance Pools - HB 761 (2006)
*Long-Term Health Care - HB 786 & HB 759 (2006)
*Electronic Health Records - HB 2198 (2007) & HB 2044 (2009)
*Affordable Health Care -- HB 397 (2008)
*Comprehensive Medicaid Reform - HB 758 (2006)
*Increased Medical Care Competition -- HB 1598 (2009)
*Expanded Access to Health Care - HB 5002 (2006)
*Price Transparency -- HB 603 (2008)
*Comprehensive Mental Health Reform -- HB 499, HB 559, HB 560 & HB 815 (2008)
*Support for Mental Health - HB 1650 (2007), HB 1600 & HB 2674 (2009)
Delegate Dave Albo wrote the bipartisan compromise legislation that bans smoking in restaurants, while still enabling it in cigar bars and still allowing private clubs to decide for themselves.
oProvided sweeping reforms to Virginia's mandatory outpatient treatment laws by closing the gaps in the mental health system exposed in the Virginia Tech tragedy.
oRevising Virginia's commitment standard, requiring attendance at commitment hearings and closing firearm loopholes helped bolster Virginia's mental health system.
oFunded over 800 additional community mental retardation waiver slots while establishing a goal of eliminating the urgent care waiting list, increases in inpatient psychiatric hospital services and health care coverage of low-income expectant mothers.
oSupport for Virginia's 40 Community Service Boards and 16 state facilities as well as pre-natal care for low-income mothers continue to be funding priorities for House Republicans.
oEncouraged the purchase of private long-term care health insurance through tax credits and public-private long-term care partnership programs.
oBecause the future demand for long-term care services is expected to rise, Virginians need to plan ahead to ensure that the widest array and highest quality of services will be available.
oExpanded access to and support of Virginia's 34 community health centers and 47 free clinics.
oSince 2000, American workers have seen an 87% increase in premiums and these health centers and free clinics deliver critical health care services to low-income Virginians.
oRequired health insurance carriers to disclose the amount that the carrier is required to pay to the provider for health care services.
oAdding greater transparency to the cost of health care services allows patients to make more cost effective care decisions without sacrificing quality service.
Delegate Albo has been on a 16 year mission to crack down on Drunk Driving. His Anti-DUI package makes Virginia's drunk driving laws the toughest in the nation. For his work, Dave Albo was awarded MADD's 2005 Legislator of the Year Award.
Among Dave Albo's accomplishments in fighting drunk driving include:
Harsh mandatory jail time for drunk drivers with high blood alcohol content
Numerous legal changes to close loopholes in the DUI laws
Dramatic increase in jail time for repeat drunk drivers
Seizure of chronic drunk drivers? cars
Mandated alcohol treatment
Lengthy suspension of driver's license and permanent suspension for third offenders
Helping Veterans is not only the right thing to do, it's also the smart thing to do. The military presence in our area and in Virginia is vital to our economy. Virginia is home to 740,000 military men and women. With 10% of our Virginia population is currently serving in the military or a veteran, we need to help them thrive.
Dave Albo Works for Our Veterans
*HB 1822 (2007) This bill provides In-State Tuition for Active Duty Service Members. (Dave voted yes!)
*HB 2179 (2007) & HB 1272 (2006) These bills provide aid to families under the War Orphan Act. This act grants survivors or dependents of soldiers killed in action, free access to any public institution in the state of Virginia. (Dave voted yes!)
*HB 5002 (2006) This bill supports struggling military families who have been serving in combat, and therefore unable to pay their family's bills at home. It provides funding to the National Guard Foundation and the Military Family Fund. (Dave voted yes!)
*HB 1650 (2007) This bill provides funding to aid VA veterans and provides assistance to veterans in acquiring their claim benefits. (Dave voted yes!)
I have never served in the military, but I know first hand the sacrifices made by our Veterans and their families. My Dad served in the US Air Force for 20 years. I can remember him being in Vietnam and living with my Mother and brother on base while he was gone. This gives me all the respect in the world for both my Father and Mother, who in their own ways, served our Country.
*HB 2240 (2007) Dave served as a Co-patron for this bill to provide a new Educational Wing at the Virginia War Memorial to educate young people about the sacrifice Virginians made to keep our nation free. (Dave Voted yes!)