District 34 Update July 8th 2022

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. I had a great time marching with Congressman Gerry Connolly, Senators Jennifer Boysko and Barbara Favola, Delegate Rip Sullivan, and Supervisor John Foust  in the annual Great Falls Parade.

I also attended the Algonkian District Democrat’s 4th of July picnic where I joined Senators John Bell, Jennifer Boysko, and Barbara Favola, Delegate Suhas Subramanyam, Chair of Supervisors Phyllis Randall, Supervisor Juli Briskman, and the two candidates for the new 27th House of Delegates District, School Board Member Atoosa Reaser and Kannna Srinivasan.

Delegate Murphy marching at the annual Great Falls Parade

It is tragic that on a day that should be filled with family celebration the United States had another mass shooting. The shooting at the Highland Park 4th of July parade is just another example of the need for gun violence prevention measures both at the federal and state level. I’m proud of the work I have done in the Virginia legislature to combat gun violence and pass critical life saving bills. I established the Gun Violence Protection Caucus and have fought hard for gun safety measures like universal background checks and “red flag laws.” Americans are tired of receiving only words of sympathy after tragedies. People want comprehensive change. As your Delegate, I will continue updating Virginia’s laws to make the Commonwealth a safe place to live and raise a family.

Below you will find important updates for the 34th district which will be the 6th district come January.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have at [email protected]. I hope you and your families are staying safe! 

My Best Regards, 

Delegate Kathleen Murphy 
House District 34

VDOT: 495 NEXT Lane Closures for July 5 - 9, 2022

The following construction-related lane closures and traffic changes are planned to occur in the 495 NEXT project corridor. Travelers should expect potential delays when traveling in this area, and are encouraged to visit 511virginia.org for current information on travel conditions and work zones in Virginia. All construction-related work and closures are subject to change based on weather and other factors.

Upcoming Lane Closures:

Georgetown Pike Bridge over I-495 

Thursday, July 7, through Saturday, July 9, 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. - Single right lane closures with periodic traffic stoppages are scheduled on the east- and westbound Georgetown Pike Bridge over I-495 for traffic signal work. 

Read VDOT's Lane Closures & Traffic Changes newsletter here. Visit 495NEXT.org for the latest construction and lane closure information.

Reminder: Dolley Madison Corridor Study Survey

To help focus feedback related to the Dolley Madison Corridor Study, FCDOT has released a brief survey that includes scenarios from the 2019 and 2022 community meetings. Surveys and comments will be due TODAY, Friday, July 8, 2022.

Click here to complete the survey

For more information on the Dolley Madison Corridor Study, including background, meeting recordings and presentations visit the project website

The Disposable Plastic Bag Tax Begins July 1

Plastic Bag Tax Took Effect July 1 in Loudoun County

The new five-cent disposable plastic bag tax took effect on July 1 in Loudoun County! The measure to reduce plastic pollution in the region and reliance on plastics in general. Shoppers may avoid the tax by bringing their own bags to stores. The new tax will be collected at grocery, convenience and drug stores countywide, including those within the county’s incorporated towns. The tax does not apply to restaurants, foodbanks, farmers markets or clothing stores. 

It also does not apply to: 

  • Durable plastic bags that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse. 
  • Plastic bags that are solely used to wrap, contain, or package ice cream, meat, fish, poultry, produce, unwrapped bulk food items or perishable food items in order to avoid damage or contamination. 
  • Plastic bags used to carry dry cleaning or prescription drugs. 
  • Multiple plastic bags sold in packages and intended for use as garbage, pet waste or leaf removal bags. 

Revenue generated by the tax can only be spent on programs that address litter and pollution or help low-income residents obtain free durable reusable shopping bags via SNAP and WIC. 

Loudoun County is making plans to distribute free reusable bags to residents later this summer. More information about the initiative is online at loudoun.gov/BringYourOwnBag.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications

Available Later This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

Summer meal kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several locations through August 9. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Pick up locations and times have recently been updated. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details.