Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)

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Party
Democratic
District
36: Fairfax County (Part), Prince William County (Part), Stafford County (Part) [map]
Took Office
January 2016
Next Election
November 2019
Committees
General Laws and Technology, Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services
Age
48
Website
scottsurovell.org
Twitter
@ssurovell
Copatroning Habits
64% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 84% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 54% of them are Democrats.
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Bills Passed
14.3% in 2018
Recent Mentions in the Media

Virginia Connection Newspapers: Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Strongly Opposed to Pedestrian Underpass in Mount Vernon

August 9, 2019 | 2:02 am
  #The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS) endorsed the design plans for Richmond Highway from Jeff Todd Way to Napper Road on July 30 that included ...

Virginia Connection Newspapers: Opinion: Commentary: 400 Years of Democracy and Its Scars

August 5, 2019 | 3:00 am
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Blue Virginia: Virginia Republicans Continue to Spew Out Idiocy, Illogic, Internal Inconsistency on Gun Violence

August 5, 2019 | 3:00 am
  As we know, Virginia Republicans are deep in the pockets of the gun lobby, and also terrified of their far-right base, which of course means that they will contort ...

Bacon's Rebellion: A Ray of Hope Ends a Troubled Week

August 2, 2019 | 3:00 am
  Just when hope has largely departed, a ray of sunshine. Senator Chap Petersen of the 34th District in Fairfax showed up in my inbox with a nice message on ...

Blue Virginia: It's Beyond Time to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy in Virginia!

August 2, 2019 | 3:00 am
  by Cindy. The fight to end gay conversion therapy in Virginia has been going on for several years. Delegate Patrick Hope (D-47), Senator Scott Surovell (D-36), ...

From the Legislator’s Website

VDOT Collecting Comments For I-95 Improvements

August 14, 2019
Legislation I supported and secured amendments to during the 2019 General Assembly directed CTB to initiate a data-driven study to develop the I-95 Corridor Plan to identify key problem areas, identify potential solutions and areas for additional review and study including investments in transit.  Here is the bill:SJR 276 - Interstate 95 Corridor Improvement Plan Study  In just the last four years, we have: Invested $80 million in Virginia Railway Express Enacted a floor on the local gas tax that provides ongoing funding to Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford transit Funded the widening of the I-95 southbound Occoquan bottleneck Enacted $39.2 million dedicated to I-95 improvements Negotiated the extension of the HOT lanes to Fredericksburg and secured $277 million of funding for additional projects in the I-95 Corridor. Also, due to the taxes enacted pursuant to the 2013 transportation funding bill, we implemented a regional tax to fund the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA). In their FY 2018-2023 budget, NVTA and Commonwealth Transportation Board has funded a several large investments for our community including: $127 million to widen U.S. 1 $250 million and build Bus Rapid Transit from Huntington Metro to Fort Belvoir $45 million to widen and realign U.S. 1 in Dumfries $12 million of a $65 million CSX Bridge reconstruction and widening at U.S. 1 and I-95 $11 million to reconstruct the intersection of Old Bridge Road and Occoquan You can read more about these investments here: https://thenovaauthority.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SYP-recommendations-FY2020.pdfI fought for these investments and more. You can see my speech and read about my efforts here: The Dixie Pig: Demanding Investments from NVTA for our community (May 14, 2018) Provide Comments to VDOT Below!    

Comment on New HOA/Condo Guidance!

August 13, 2019
Picture of River Towers After Collapse The well-publicized partial collapse of River Towers Condominium in Belleview brought to my attention the lack of attention to property maintenance and inadequate capital reserve funds in homeowners associations.  Last year, the General Assembly passed one bill requiring homeowners associations and condo associations to publish their budgets to their members and provide more transparency about the status of reserve funds.Here are the bill we passed:SB1538 - Annual HOA Budget and Capital Component Reserves The Virginia Common Interest Community Board is currently collecting comments to create guidance to all associations in Virginia pursuant to legislation.  I have created an online survey that you can use to provide comments that I will then transmit to the Board so they can be considered before they finalize their guidance.  You can also provide me with general feedback about whether any other reforms are needed for homeowner and condo associations in Virginia. Here is the survey:  Loading…

Weekly Column: 400 Years of Democracy and Its Scars

July 29, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of July 20, 2019. 400 Years of Democracy and Its ScarsOn July 30, 1619, 22 men met in Jamestown for what eventually would become the longest, continuing, democratically-elected legislative body in the western hemisphere.  They were originally called burgesses and their meeting was an experiment in representative democracy that changed the world.  This week, the nation importantly celebrates the 400th anniversary of that historic gathering.  First House of Burgesses' Meeting - July 30, 1619 by Sidney King While the experiment of democracy in the New World ultimately led to some incredible results, Virginia’s democracy was far from perfect.  Some of the most egregious scars were Virginia’s laws that codified, encouraged, tolerated and forced enslavement on African people, forcibly first brought to Point Comfort in today’s Hampton a few weeks after the House of Burgesses’ first meeting. When Reconstruction Era constitutional reforms pushed voter participation to new levels, white backlash brought state-sanctioned discrimination openly directed at African and Native Americans resulting in voting policies designed to reduce turnout to only the “right” voters -- wealthy white people.  Voter turnout dropped from 264,000 voters in the 1900 presidential election to 130,000 four years later thanks to the poll tax, literacy test and felon voter disenfranchisement.   Like many other states, Virginia’s laws also barred women from voting until the 19th Amendment became law on August 18, 1920, 301 years after the founding of democracy in the western hemisphere that we celebrate.  Virginia refused to even ratify the 19th Amendment until 1952.  With women voting, Virginia voter turnout jumped from 232,000 in 1920 to 305,000 by 1928.   Virginia also has a long history of abusive gerrymandering.  In the first 300 years, the legislature periodically refused to redraw legislative districts to perpetuate the power of wealthy landowners in the Tidewater.  By 1960, fear of minority, lower-income whites and ultimately progressive Democrats meant districts had little relation to population and some congressional districts had 50 percent more residents than others.  In 1962, Fairfax County was given one state senator after seeing 179% population growth between 1950-60.   The U.S. Supreme Court ended this with “one man, one vote” in Baker v. Carr in 1962.     Entrenched power worked to keep minority influence down in other ways.  For example, Virginia cities often annexed neighboring county land as “white flight” gave rise to more minority voting in cities, particularly in Richmond.  After many counties converted into cities (cities could not annex land from other cities), the General Assembly enacted an annexation moratorium in 1987.   Virginia’s blemished history is one reason many Virginians object to efforts to restrictive measures like voter identification laws.  When the current majority of the House of Delegates was decided by the flip of a film cannister, one cannot help but think that these policies make a difference in maintaining power.  Last month, I was in Greece where democracy was invented.  As I travelled the country and saw many old statues, I wondered how many were hated by subsequent generations, torn down and replaced.  I also wondered how a society that achieved so much, ruled the western world and created much of the foundational elements of western culture could come crashing down but exists today with a population smaller than Virginia and an economy smaller than the states of Oregon or Tennessee.  Our current national political environment has demonstrated that many basic, norms that Americans thought were permanent can be shattered.  The last two millenia and Virginia’s last four centuries show that democracy can be a fickle thing if we do not protect it.      So while we honor the 400th anniversary of democracy in Virginia on July 30, 2019, please remember our scarred history.  It has been an honor for me to serve you as part of this experiment started 400 years ago and I will continue to do my best to make Virginia’s democracy as strong and participatory as it can be.

Senator Surovell's Official Comment on G.W. Parkway Safety

July 22, 2019
Stone Bridge on G.W. Parkway carrying Alexandria Avenue The letter below was my initial public comments on improving traffic safety on the George Washington Memorial Parkway.  I will provide supplemental comments on completion of my constituent survey - 450 comments and counting!You can complete my survey by using this link! Senator Scott Surovell Init... by Scott A. Surovell on Scribd

Provide Public Comment on The G.W. Parkway Safety Study!

July 15, 2019
Stone Bridge on G.W. Parkway at Alexandria Avenue All who live in Mt. Vernon understand how unsafe conditions have become on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Violent collisions occur on a regular basis. Cyclists and pedestrians risk their lives to get on the bike trail or catch the 11-Y bus.  Many collisions are even fatal.  You can read more about my thoughts about why this is happening here: The Dixie Pig: Time to Speak Up to Fix the Parkway! (July 15, 2019)The Dixie Pig: Thoughts on Changes to the George Washington Parkway (May 2, 2019)Mt. Vernon Gazette: Parkway Problems Will Get Worse (May 24, 2017) Thanks to Congressman Don Beyer, the National Park Service is now taking official public comments on safety solutions for the George Washington Memorial Parkway from July 11 to August, 21, 2019.I have designed a survey that also includes areas for open ended comments to collect feedback from the Mt. Vernon Community.  At the conclusion of the comment period, I will aggregate all of the comments and provide them to the National Park Service to ensure that your voice is heard.You can find information regarding the study on the NPS official website here:National Park Service - George Washington Parkway Safety Study  Please complete my survey and provide your comments below!

Weekly Column: Time to Speak Up to Fix the Parkway

July 15, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of July 15, 2019. On July 11, over 150 people attended a National Park Service (NPS) meeting to share comments on NPS’s safety study and the future of the southern section of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.  Delegate Paul Krizek, Congressman Don Beyer and I have been asking for a safety study for four years and so far NPS has produced excellent information.  I have lived about two blocks from the Parkway most of my life and significant changes have occurred.  The Defense Department moved 15,000 new employees to Fort Belvoir after 2005 has proven to be a real tipping point.  More specifically, many people who live in Maryland and worked at Walter Reed Medical Center now come across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and take the Parkway south to the Walker Gate.  In the evening rush hour, they race north and switch to Fort Hunt Road to access I-495 gridlocking Fort Hunt Road. New traffic navigation applications such as Google Maps and Waze have highlighted to drivers what many of us have known for years – the Parkway is a quick (and scenic) substitute for U.S. 1.  Just look at the cut-through traffic and backups on Sherwood Hall Lane through Gum Springs.  From my perspective, most of the Parkway’s problems are caused by increased traffic volumes, excessive speeds and left turns that are especially dangerous.  The Park Service’s initial statistics support this view.  According to their studies, almost everyone speeds. A shocking 70-80% of drivers speed and NPS did not even measure speeds at the 35-mph stretch between Belle Haven Road and Belleview Boulevard.  Three of nine major intersections generate about 50% of crashes -- Belleview Boulevard, Morningside Lane and Belle Haven Road.   Limit traffic gaps contributes to collisions.  Drivers need about an eight-second gap in traffic to safely execute a turn.  The NPS data shows, for example, at Collingwood Road, there are gaps greater than eight seconds about 25% of the time in the morning and about 40% of the time in the afternoon.  However, at Belleview, in the morning, an eight-second gap exists about 5% of the time and 25% of the time in afternoons.  Traffic builds during the rushes and creates collisions.  NPS found maximum morning traffic queues of 21 cars at Belle Haven Road and nine cars at Collingwood Road while evening maximum queues were only about 13 and three cars.  The big question now is, what will we do?  First, it is very important to understand that the Parkway, which opened in 1932, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was intended as a scenic drive that integrated natural areas and preserved scenic vistas.  Congress created it explicitly as a memorial to George Washington, part of Washington, D.C.’s monumental core and a grand gateway to Mount Vernon Estate as a memorial to the nation’s first president.  It was never intended to be a commuter thoroughfare or to accommodate high speeds.  The National Historic Preservation Act imposes significant legal protections that restrict major structural changes to the road to preserve its historic integrity as directed by Congress.  Many will recall that the Federal Highway Administration was forced to reroute U.S. 1 100 yards to the south because of Woodlawn Mansion’s federally-protected, historic status.  Given these legal constraints, changes like adding lanes, traffic circles, new bridges and guardrails are unlikely options.    However, NPS is considering “traffic diets” – restriping intersections to narrow the road to one lane in each direction to provide turn lanes.  They are also examining speed cameras, turn restrictions, and maybe a stoplight or two.  People move to our area to enjoy the Potomac River, the Mount Vernon Trail and the Parkway.  Many consider it a privilege to live to Mount Vernon.  The Parkway is a road within a national park, an important natural and national resource.  We must now all work together to come up with sensible solutions.   NPS will accept comments through August 21.  I have created a survey and a comment form to capture feedback.  I will forward all comments that I receive on to NPS.  Please complete it on my blog – The Dixie Pig – at scottsurovell.blogspot.com or at http://bit.ly/GWPkwyStudy.  

Weekly Column: Working to Stop Gun Violence

July 8, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of July 8, 2019. Working to Stop Gun Violence  Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has called the state legislature to Richmond this week for a special session to focus on measures to reduce firearm violence in the state.  Addressing this problem is long overdue.  Last year, guns killed more people than car accidents in Virginia.  The majority of those deaths were people committing suicide.   Just last week, three people were shot in the Fairfax County portion of the 36th District in Gum Springs and Rose Hill.  The week before that, two people were found shot to death in the woods off Featherstone Road in Woodbridge. Over the last ten years I have served in the General Assembly, we have passed one bill that represents progress on this problem.  In 2016, Attorney General Mark Herring issued an opinion that ended the state’s practice of recognizing out-of-state concealed weapons permits from states with protections that are not as robust Virginia’s.  This also meant that Virginia concealed weapon permit holders could not carry concealed weapons in those other states.  This was so alarming to firearm advocates that they were willing to allow the Commonwealth to pass a statute requiring the subjects of protective orders – necessitated by domestic violence – to surrender their weapons while the order was in place in return for restoration of concealed weapon reciprocity rules.  That is it.  During my ten years in elective office, Virginia repealed the one-gun-a-month rule that had curtailed Virginia’s prominent role in gun trafficking.  General Assembly committees have routinely killed bills to address gun violence that I cosponsored, One example:  A bill to ban magazine extensions like those used to kill 10 people in Virginia Beach last month or wound Congressman Gabby Giffords, 13 others and killed six people.  A committee killed Senator Adam Ebbin’s effort to ban the type of bump stocks used to kill 59 people and shoot 422 others in Las Vegas.   I have carried legislation to require background checks on all firearm sales which would end the gun show loophole, a current law that allows sales without background checks.  90 percent of Virginians support this, polls show, but legislative committees kill these bills every year.  Governor Northam has also asked us to consider a ban on assault weapons such as the AR-15 that the D.C. Snipers used to kill 17 people and wound 10 more all over the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in 2002.  That same weapon was used in Las Vegas, Newtown, Aurora, Orlando, Sandy Hook, Texas Church, San Bernadino, Waffle House and Santa Fe High School.     I am also cosponsoring legislation to create so-called “red flag” orders which would allow an individual to petition a judge to issue a temporary order requiring a suicidal individual to surrender their weapons.  This concept is even supported by the President, but it is opposed by firearms rights advocates.   The current U.S. Supreme Court has reinterpreted 200 years of jurisprudence to hold that the Constitution provides some protections for purchasing and owning firearms, but as with all constitutional rights, there are limits.  We have Constitutional protections for free speech, for example, but no one can maliciously defame someone with false speech, threaten physical harm or shout fire in a crowded movie theatre.  Each of the measures that I have described in this column is a reasonable limitation that will not curb anyone’s ability to hunt or defend themselves person or their family.  I will try to make progress this week, but when one of my colleagues claims guns prevent rape and the state senator whose district saw ten people murdered last week will not even consider changing his opposition to measures like this, I am not optimistic.  Please email me at scott@scottsurovell.org if you have any feedback.  

Weekly Column: Decision Helps Keep Drinking Water Safe

June 24, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of June 23, 2019. Decision Helps Keep Drinking Water Safe Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a decision that has major significance for Virginia and especially for Northern Virginia, in addition to their decision on redistricting.  Few realize that Virginia has a series of uranium lodes that run along the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The largest lode is in Pittsylvania County on the North Carolina border, but a major series of lodes are in Madison, Culpeper and Fauquier Counties at the headwaters of the Occoquan River.  The Occoquan is a major source of drinking water for Fairfax and Prince William Counties.   After Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island near disaster in 1979, a partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor, the Virginia General Assembly in 1982 enacted a moratorium on uranium mining.  While some federal permits are required for uranium mining, most thought that the states were allowed to adopt more stringent environmental protections as they are for any other mining or environmental requirements.   Shortly after I was elected to the House of Delegates, the worldwide prices of uranium spiked after the supply of uranium recycled from Russian nuclear warheads was exhausted.  The estimates of the value of the 119-million-pound Pittsylvania County lode rose to $7 billion.  There is still significant demand for uranium inside and outside of Virginia.  Over 30 percent of electricity generated by Dominion Virginia Power comes from nuclear reactors on Lake Anna near Fredericksburg and the James River in Surry County.  Also, uranium is imported from abroad and west of the Mississippi River.   In 2012, a team of international investors was assembled and their first step was to try to lobby the state legislature to lift the ban.  They spread around campaign contributions and before the post-McDonnell gift ban went into effect, state legislators were offered trips to France to see a uranium mine and from the proponents' point of view, to show how uranium mining can be done safely.  About 20 elected officials took the trip. I did not.  Ultimately, the legislature left the mining moratorium in place.  Many of us were concerned about the environmental risk posed by mining and we respected the members who represented the affected areas who were strongly opposed, in part due to strong local opposition, even though, they argued, they were in dire need for jobs in Southside and Southwest Virginia.   I opposed lifting the ban largely because of the potential impacts on Northern Virginia drinking water.  Over one million people depend on the Occoquan River for drinking water and any threats to that water must be taken seriously.  However, the mining advocates were not done.  Two years ago, they filed suit seeking to overturn the Virginia uranium mining moratorium arguing that federal law pre-empted or prohibited any regulation by the state.  The Trump Administration supported the pro-mining position.  Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court disagreed in a 6-3 ruling.  The gist of the court’s decision was that Congress did not intend to take away states’ discretion to regulate this activity.   The Occoquan River is still under threat.  Prince William County is currently re-evaluating its rural crescent zoning policy.  Earlier this year, we discovered that Micron’s semiconductor manufacturing facility in Manassas was discharging water with elevated salt levels that was adversely affecting water quality in the Occoquan Reservoir.  Fortunately, we were able to secure language in the state budget to require the Department of Environmental Quality to re-examine its permitting.  Last week’s Supreme Court opinion was an important victory for clean drinking water.  Uranium mining could pose a long-term pollution threat in Virginia and especially in Northern Virginia.  Drinking water is a fragile resource and once mines start to leak, remediation is very difficult.  Letting the ban stand is an important victory.  Please email me at scott@scottsurovell.org if you have any feedback. 

Weekly Column: More Work Needed to Stop Unrepresentative Districts

June 18, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of June 16, 2019. More Work Needed to Stop Unrepresentative Districts This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, a gerrymandering case.  Justice Ginsberg essentially wrote that the Virginia House of Delegates was not allowed to bring the appeal. Here is some background.  The General Assembly is required by the Constitution of Virginia and  the U.S. Constitution’s  Fifth Amendment to redraw congressional and state legislative districts after each census.  In 2011, the General Assembly held a special session.  Republicans held the majority in the House of Delegates, Democrats controlled the state Senate and Republican Governor Bob McDonnell was in office.   Each chamber drew their own maps and incumbent members of Congress recommended the congressional maps.  Governor McDonnell vetoed the first map drawn by the Democratic State Senate who then proposed a compromise map.  The Governor then approved all three plans. Over the last ten years, the case law on voting rights issues has changed as the composition of the Supreme Court has changed.  In the case of Shelby County v. Holder in 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that “pre-review” of all voting actions required by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was no longer required in jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination – such as Virginia -  ostensibly because racial discrimination was no longer an issue.  This opened the door to voter identification laws, precinct changes, voter roll purges and other actions by state and local governments, largely in the South over the last six years. However, the flip side of Shelby County was that because racial discrimination was “not as pervasive” and that Voting Rights Act of 1965 had “solved” most of the problems it had sought to address,  race could no longer be a predominant factor in drawing district lines.  Following this new line of thinking, a three-judge panel threw out Virginia’s congressional district map in 2016 and Congressman Donald McEachin was elected to represent the new Fourth Congressional district. More litigation ensued over the House of Delegates and a three-judge panel ultimately found that eleven districts were improperly drawn to achieve an impermissible 55 percent Black voting age population threshold.  This required over 30 seats to be redrawn in Hampton Roads, Southside Virginia and around Richmond and the Virginia “House of Delegates” appealed the decision. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider the merits of the lower three-judge panel’s ruling and held that the Attorney General can represent the interests of Virginians in a redistricting case, but not one chamber of a bicameral legislative body.  Ginsberg also wrote that possible partisan control of a legislative body is not the kind of “harm” that gives standing to bring a lawsuit, that it is a basic outcome of democracy.  That basically ends the litigation. However, the decision really ducked the important and most pressing issue – when does gerrymandering become so problematic that it denies voters their right to representation?  Virginia’s congressional, legislative and local government districts are rife with partisan gerrymandering.  The power of computers made this one of the most fundamental problems in American Democracy. There are numerous scholars who have developed mathematical models to objectively measure the distortive effect of district maps, but the U.S. Supreme Court remains divided on whether such formulas can find support in Constitutional text such as the U.S. Constitution’s due process cause or the first amendment.  So while this decision will make most Democrats happy, the fundamental problem remains unresolved. The 2020 General Assembly will take a second vote on an amendment to the Constitution of Virginia to create a form of nonpartisan redistricting.  If approved, voter approval will still be necessary and there are some statutory details that still require negotiation.  I continue to have concerns about giving the Supreme Court of Virginia ultimate authority if stalemate occurs in the General Assembly given that that court  has become dominated by Republican appointees in the last twenty years, could be dominated by another party in the future and more importantly, is not truly representative of Virginia ideologically and regionally. Northern Virginians are largely excluded today from Virginia’s appellate courts, a troubling development. The conversation continues.  If you have any questions or feedback, please email me at scott@scottsurovell.org. 

Metro Shutdown Begins Saturday

May 22, 2019
This summer, Metro will shut down all six stations south of DCA. This work is the result of dedicated funding I supported in the 2019 budget. Metro will be providing shuttle bus services. Please find information below from Metro, VDOT, and the Washington Area Bicycling Association about transportation alternatives including bicycle and bus services.2019 Platform Improvement Project Activities Metro's contractor will work concurrently at all six stations south of National Airport in summer 2019 to expedite construction and ensure the stations are ready to reopen for customers after September 8. Based on the contract, one side of the platform at Van Dorn St Station may remain under construction through October 4, requiring single tracking after September 8. In addition, one side of the platform may remain under construction at Huntington and Franconia-Springfield stations through early December; however, service impacts can be minimized at these end-of-the-line stations. Metro’s contract includes incentives for additional work completed by September 8, so any service impacts post-shutdown will be determined as work progresses at each station. The Metro system has 45 outdoor rail stations constructed with concrete platforms. The affected platforms were opened in 1983 to safely accommodate customers waiting for trains and boarding Metro railcars. Over the years, many of the platforms have begun to deteriorate due to routine wear and tear combined with exposure to weather and de-icing agents. An example of the deterioration at King St. station is pictured to the right.  Shuttle Services For riders heading to or from the Pentagon or destined for points north like Rosslyn or the District, three express shuttle buses are planned. and two free local routes are planned.CLICK HERE TO PLAN YOUR TRIP To accommodate additional bus traffic, VDOT will open the shoulders of I-495 as a bus-only travel lane on the Outer Loop (heading east) between the Eisenhower Avenue and Telegraph Road ramps. The temporary bus-on-shoulder lane will help shuttles and other buses get to exits more quickly. On weekdays from 3 p.m.-8 p.m., the shoulder will be available for Metro and DASH buses only. Although it will serve as a bus-only travel lane, it will continue to be an emergency pull-off location for all vehicles. VDOT also announced changes at the Huntington Metro station. The right turn lane of eastbound Huntington Avenue between Metroview Parkway and Fenwick Drive will accommodate four temporary bus bays. Metroview Parkway, which is usually open to traffic going to the Huntington North Kiss-and-Ride, will be closed to all traffic but buses.Changes to HOV lanes in Alexandria The City of Alexandria recently made changes to their HOV lanes on Washington Street (George Washington Parkway). Take note and be aware of increased enforcement:• Change Washington Street high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes from HOV 2 to HOV 3.• Extend northbound Washington Street HOV lane hours from 7AM- 9AM to 6AM-10AM.• Extend southbound Washington Street HOV lane hours from 4PM- 6PM to 3PM-7PM.• Change East and West Abingdon Drive high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes from HOV 2 to HOV 3.• Extend northbound East Abingdon Drive HOV lane hours from 7AM- 9AM to 6AM-10AM• Extend southbound West Abingdon Drive HOV lane hours from 4PM- 6PM to 3PM-7PM. Biking during the Metro Shutdown Commuters may elect to bike during the shutdown to avoid increased traffic. According to the Washington Area Bicycling Association, the City of Alexandria will be posting bike routes from popular Metro stations in the city. The Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee has a Bike Mentor program for people looking for a coach. The mentor will help guide new commuters and even make sure your bike is ready to ride -- Learn more  and sign up here: https://alexandriabpac.wordpress.com/bike-mentoring/WABA is hosting rides and classes in Alexandria to help familiarize commuters with bike paths in the area. All are posted here: https://www.waba.org/goodness/events/?filter=Virginia Construction Strategy Designed to Minimize Impact After extensive internal planning and consultation with construction experts, Metro developed a strategy that reduces the length of the project by up to 94%. Instead of overnight work or single tracking and weekend outages that stretch on for years, Metro will fully close stations, allowing contractors to have 24-hour access to the work sites instead of limited, sporadic hours. When platforms are rebuilt, the tracks must be taken out of service to allow for demolition of existing structures, access to the construction areas, and concrete pouring. By temporarily closing these stations while construction is underway, Metro can ensure safety for riders and construction staff and greatly reduce the project duration and cost. Additionally, this strategy minimizes rail service disruptions elsewhere on the system. Funding that Makes this Project Possible Metro is investing in system safety, reliability and the region's economy through its 10-year, $15 billion capital program. Virginia was the first of three partner jurisdictions to come forward and fully fund the Metro capital program. For the first time in Metro's history, the capital program is bolstered by dedicated funding from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The capital program will improve the customer experience and keep the region's infrastructure in a state of good repair by investing in new railcars and buses, improving stations and platforms, upgrading fire-suppression and emergency response systems, replacing and repairing tracks, tunnels, bridges, signals, and communications systems, rebuilding decades-old bus garages and providing modern customer amenities such as passenger information systems. In spending local taxpayer dollars for capital projects, Metro is seeking to reinvest in our hometown economy, creating jobs and encouraging participation from disadvantaged, minority-owned, and small businesses in the region.

Thoughts On Changes to the GW Parkway

May 2, 2019
Due to last week's fatal collision, there has been renewed discussion in safety on the George Washington Parkway (GWP) in the last week.Delegate Paul Krizek and I have been working with Congressman Don Beyer to do something about this for some time.  Michael K. Bohn, "Parkrway Problems Will Get Worse," Mt. Vernon Gazette (May 24, 2017) Two years ago, the National Park Service stated they intended to conduct a traffic safety study.  That has not occurred yet.In the meantime, as we move forward with a discussion about dealing with safety deficiencies on the road, we have been hearing lots of ideas about how to reconfigure the road including major changes to intersections, lanes, or stoplights.However, it is important to understand the legal restrictions that we are operating within.  First, the GWP is a National Park controlled by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.  State government and the Virginia Department of Transportation have nothing to do with the road or its configuration.Next, please keep in mind that the GWP was opened in 1932 as a memorial to George Washington (like the Lincoln/Jefferson Memorial or the Jamestown-Williamsburg-York Parkway).  It is also designated as a National Historic Landmark - the highest protection that an historic asset can enjoy. GW Parkway National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form (Apr. 24, 1995) Origins of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, WETA (Mar. 11, 2015) The GWP was the first modern highway in America.  Had several unique design features incorporating vistas, pulloffs, picnic areas, etc. It was designed to be a pleasurable drive through the then-Virginia countryside down to Mt. Vernon and was originally conceived as part of Washington, D.C.'s monumental core back when our area was nothing but farms when my grandparents moved and built Tauxemont with nineteen other families back in 1940-41.Due to the National Landmark status, there are significant legal restrictions on any modifications to the road pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act - the same act that forced us to redirect U.S. 1 away from the Woodlawn Mansion instead of widening it in place.  While entrances have been added over time that were not original (e.g. Tulane Drive, Belleview, Morningside Lane, Waynewood, Vernon View, Stratford Landing were all added later), stop lights, major reconfiguration of lanes or intersections are very unlikely and would probably be met with litigation from the preservation community.  That is why I have focused on speed cameras which are minimally intrusive and I think would go a long way towards getting the speeds down and perhaps dissuade some of the commuters from using the road.  The continued collisions, deaths, injuries, and danger posed also underscores why we need to hurry up and move along bus rapid transit to Fort Belvoir to get commuters onto transit.Congressman Beyer has renewed his call for the safety study and we have been advised there will be some kind of public meeting in June.  In the meantime, keep coming up with ideas about how we can make this community treasure a safe place for everyone.

Weekly Column: Northern Virginia’s Public Schools Are Not “Fully Funded”

April 29, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of April 29, 2019. Northern Virginia’s Public Schools Are Not “Fully Funded” As election year heats up, some candidates use terms like “fully funded” schools.  Here’s my perspective on the subject.    First, Virginia’s median family income is ninth in the United States.  It is largely driven by Northern Virginia counties: Fairfax County (3rd - $106,690), Stafford County (5th - $95,927), and Prince William County (6th – $93,011).  Fairfax, Stafford and Prince William Counties rank in the top 1% of all American jurisdictions - 3rd, 19th and 20th in the entire USA.   However, per pupil investment in elementary-secondary education ranks orders of magnitude lower.  Virginia is 22nd in the country in per pupil spending, averaging around $11,432.  Arlington County leads Virginia at $19,348 per student even with a lower median income than Fairfax County.  Fairfax County “fully funds” FCPS by spending 21% less than Arlington or $15,293 per student, Prince William spends $12,427 and Stafford spends $11,319.   In Virginia, public education is a shared state and local government obligation.  After the General Assembly was captured by the “no new taxes” craze of the 1990s, state elementary-secondary education funding has lagged.  The “Great Recession” of 2009 inflicted significant cuts and while the state appropriations have recovered to pre-2009 levels, they still lag on an inflation-adjusted, per pupil basis and increasing education appropriations continues to be a priority for the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses, but we need more votes to make needed changes.  Notwithstanding, the counties in my Senate district have done very well.  Since 2010, Direct Aid to Education from Virginia to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has risen by around $270 million or 63.49%.  However, local funding from Fairfax County has only increased 26%.  Given that that Fairfax County provides 80% of FCPS’ budget, this shortfall has severely limited the School Board’s ability to address many needs.  Likewise, Virginia’s Direct Aid to Prince William County Public Schools (PWCPS) has risen by $194 million per year or 51%, but local funds from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors has increased only 37%.  In Prince William, the County provides approximately 45% of PWCPS’ budget.   The most glaring result of this under-funding is teacher salaries.  In 2018, Virginia’s $51,994 average teacher salaries were $8,483 behind the national average and 32nd in the country – twenty spots below our relative income ranking.  When I was an FCPS student, Fairfax County had the highest paid teachers in Virginia and all wanted to teach for FCPS.  Today, Arlington County leads with average teacher salaries of $81,044.   Teacher salaries remain far too low.  Fairfax County averages $73,228, Prince William County averages $60,227 and Stafford County averages $53,152.  Across the Potomac, the average salary in Montgomery County is $82,316 and Prince George’s County, $71,110.  These salaries lure the best teachers away from the 36th District.  This also plays out in services.  Today’s economy requires digital literacy and learning skills.  Henrico and Albemarle Counties deployed one-to-one computer programs over a decade ago.  Arlington County did the same five years ago.  Fairfax County is finally rolling out one-to-one computer programs 12 years behind Henrico County.  Prince William and Stafford Counties are barely discussing it.  School construction is a local responsibility.  Fairfax County has over 700 temporary classrooms; Prince William, over 200.  Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford Counties all require free and reduced lunch children to pay for AP tests and online classes.   Most disturbingly, these three counties leave $9 million of state matching dollars on the table every year for free preschool.  Prince William County is the worst, leaving over $6 million.   The next time you hear someone claim that our schools are “fully funded,” ask questions.  Class sizes remain too large.  Teacher vacancy and retention rates are growing and English proficiency continues to lag.  Northern Virginians have more resources than nearly everyone in the rest of the United States, but we are often told to settle for less.    As your state senator, I will continue to work to make Virginia’s public schools the best in the country and I will never tolerate low expectations given our area’s relative ability to invest in our future.  Please email me at scott@scottsurovell.org if you have any questions.    

Tell VDOT to Give Cyclists and Pedestrians and Cyclists a Safer Way to Cross a Multimodal U.S. 1 in 7 years!

April 1, 2019
VDOT is finalizing plans to widen U.S. 1. One of the important decisions they still need to make is whether to install an underpass below the highway at Little Hunting Creek and another at Dogue Creek.  Over the last public hearing, they have received mixed feedback over whether meeting attendees would "use" the underpass, but the meetings were largely attended by people who do not live near the crossings. The underpass would provide many benefits: Improved pedestrian access for residents on the west side of US 1 to the community center on the east side of US 1 - better walkability. Fewer pedestrians crossing US 1 – fewer fatalities on the deadliest road in Fairfax County. Increased residential and commercial property values and associated increased tax revenue. Connectivity between Mt. Vernon Trail and Trail networks throughout Fairfax County. Allow children from Audubon to safely cross U.S. 1 to access Gum Springs Community Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Park and free pool in Gum Springs, and George Washington Recretation Center. Allow children from Gum Springs to safely access Huntley Meadows Park Allow Gum Springs Residents to safely access Costco and Wal-Mart on foot Allow residents in 22309 to safely access pedestrian trails, biking trails, park resources on West side of U.S. 1 including Jackson M. Abbitt Wetland Refuge Little Hunting Creek proposed trail will connect residents and amenities Dogue Creek trail would connect communities around Woodlawn According to the DMV, this is the deadliest road for pedestrians in Fairfax County. Providing this underpass will save lives.Please click the image below to sign the petition for VDOT to install an underpass below US 1 to allow pedestrians to safely cross the road:         I'm going out to canvass in the neighborhoods near the proposed underpass to collect more signatures.  WHAT: Canvassing for Petition Signatures with Senator SurovellWHEN: Sunday, April 7, 2019, 9 a.m.WHERE: Spring Garden ApartmentsCANVASS OPPORTUNITY #2WHO: Volunteers and Delegate KrizekWHEN: Sunday, April 7, 12 p.m.WHERE: Janna Lee Avenue bridge over Little Hunting Creek Can you join me? Please sign up through the petition link above if you want to help other residents to support this important pedestrian and bike infrastructure! P.S. I'm also collecting comments on other important decisions VDOT needs to make. If you haven't filled out my US 1 comments survey, please do so here:

Weekly Column: Major Bills From 2019 Session

March 26, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of March 26, 2019. The 2019 General Assembly Session ended on February 28.  In the last two columns I covered my personal legislative agenda and the state budget.  In this column, I will highlight some other important bills that passed.   We enacted two significant economic development packages.  While I am generally skeptical of using taxpayer dollars for economic development incentives such as movie production tax credits, I am supportive to projects that can generate long-term jobs.   The Amazon project is projected to create between 25,000 and 37,500 jobs with average wages of $150,000 or more.  The Commonwealth has committed to fund $22,000 per job for the first 25,000 jobs and $15,564 per job for the second 12,500 jobs after they are created. Tax revenue will pay for each commitment within a few years of creation and will have a 6:1 lifetime return on investment for taxpayers over $1.2 billion of new tax revenue overall.  The Commonwealth has also committed to $295 million of transportation investments into Metro, National Airport, and U.S. 1 which will make the community truly multimodal.  Virginia Tech has also committed to build a $1 billion Innovation Campus next door.  This project will also generate significant returns to the 36th District.  The Amazon campus is designed for transit users and many employees will chose to live south of Alexandria along the U.S. 1 Corridor or use the Virginia Railway Express and live in Woodbridge, Dumfries, Stafford and even Fredericksburg.  I am hopeful this project will create pressure to create robust transit options including extensions of the Yellow and Blue Lines and funding to expand the Long Bridge over the Potomac.  The Commonwealth also committed to invest $50 million in the Micron microchip plant in Manassas in exchange for Micron’s pledge to invest $3 billion dollars plant expansion.  Microchips are actually Virginia’s second largest export and this project will likewise create jobs.  We passed long overdue legislation allowing for no-excuse early voting 10 days before each election starting in 2020.    The General Assembly enacted numerous measures to reduce Virginia’s eviction rates.  The bills require a written lease, more time before an eviction is allowed and more time for a tenant to pay rent after commencement of an eviction.  The bills passed unanimously.  We removed the age cap on health insurance for autistic adults.  This long-sought change will help families continue to provide quality services for adult children.  Due to legislation I co-sponsored, cooperative preschools such as Tauxemont and Fort Hunt Cooperative Preschools got a legislative reprieve from administrative rules that would have required volunteer parents to obtain dozens of hours of training before volunteering to watch children during preschool classes.  Starting July 1, Virginians will be required to keep tethered dogs on ropes at least 10 feet long (or three times the length of the dog) and provide the animal adequate shelter in cold weather – instead of just leaving the animal outside.   We passed legislation prohibiting drivers from having a phone in-hand in a work zone.  We increased penalties for drivers who fail to move over for vehicles with illuminated emergency lights parked on a shoulder.   We raised the purchase age for tobacco products to 21.  The Kings Dominion Law – prohibiting a pre-Labor Day school start was repealed, and we passed legislation setting up a process to begin the legalization of casinos in three jurisdictions Central, Southwest and Hampton Roads.  While the session had many positives, we also left doing absolutely nothing about firearm violence prevention.  Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment was blocked in the House of Delegates once again leaving 160 million American Women without equal rights.     Virginia still has the lowest minimum wage in the nation.  Criminal justice reform saw virtually no victories and if anything, some backsliding.  Bills to prohibit discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered Virginians went nowhere.  Our attempts to backfill $300 million of transportation funds monies lost to Metro last year were killed.   We are poised in the verge of some very important elections this November where control of both chambers will be determined.  Republicans hold the majority in both chambers by one vote.  A change in control will bring significant change to the Commonwealth.  Please send me any feedback at scott@scottsurovell.org. 

Comment on Route 1 Widening in Fairfax County

March 25, 2019
Next week, VDOT will host public information sessions on the future of U.S. 1 widening in Fairfax County. This is your opportunity to learn about the project and make your voice heard before the final design is established. The event will be at Mount Vernon High School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on March 26.I am collecting comments and will share them with VDOT. Please complete my survey here: http://bit.ly/Rt1CommentFormVDOT has several important decisions to make and your feedback is very important.First VDOT needs to determine whether to install pedestrian underpasses below U.S. 1 at Little Hunting Creek and Dogue Creek (visualization to the right). These underpasses would connect to crucial trail networks and provide connectivity between Gum Springs Community Center and several residential neighborhoods on the west side of the highway.You can also express your support for adding trash collectors under U.S. 1 to stem the tide of trash flowing into the Potomac River from our community. VDOT is also considering several street realignments adjacent to U.S. 1. One of those will be Cooper Road and Sacremento Drive. Please share your thoughts on that proposal in my survey.Finally and most importantly, Fairfax County needs to hear from you if you believe utilities should be undergrounded along U.S. 1. In the most recent legislative session, I passed legislation which will allow Fairfax County to pass a small levy of up to $1/month to fund underground electric lines on U.S. 1. We can get this done!As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Senate of Virginia.

Weekly Column: 2019 State Budget Misses Opportunities

March 19, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of March 19, 2019. The 2019 General Assembly session adjourned on February 24 after a few hiccups.  Two weeks ago, I discussed the legislation that I passed.  In this column, I will explain various budget actions we took.  First, unlike the Federal Government, our budget is balanced as required by the Constitution of Virginia. Next, the General Assembly needed to address modifications to our tax code to bring it up to speed with changes made by Congress with the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2018.  This is usually labelled “conformity.”  “Straight conformity” would cause an additional $600 million of state revenue largely due to the interplay between the new increased federal standard deduction and the $10,000 cap on state and local taxes and mortgage interest (“SALT”).   We addressed this in two phases.  First, for the 2018 tax year, every taxpayer receives $110 refund if tax returns are filed before June 30.   For tax years 2020 through 2026, the state standard deduction is raised by $1,500 for individuals and $3,000 for joint filers.  This is worth about $86 per year for individuals or $172 per couple.  The budget also removes the $10,000 cap on SALT for state income taxes.  However, due to our low 5.75% state income tax rate, that is only worth roughly about $575 if you pay $20,000 of combined income taxes and mortgage interest or $1100 if you pay over $30,000 per year.  These combined actions took about $450 million out of our annual revenues on an annual basis or $2.7 billion over six years and limited our ability to fund multiple priorities.    Notwithstanding, we were able to fund a few things.  First, we increased secondary funds to secondary education by $50 million.  This included pushing the teacher pay increase from 3% to 5%, $12 million in new school counselors statewide, and $24.9 million in new dollars for At-Risk students.   Virginia’s state-supported universities received a $57.5 million increase in funds conditioned on a tuition freeze for 2019 and $168 million to build the new Virginia Tech Innovation Campus at Potomac Yards in connection with the Amazon project.  We also added $5 million in support for our community colleges, $16.6 million to increase computer science degrees, and $4 million towards Virginia’s New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program (AKA “FastForward”).    We increased Virginia’s contribution to the Housing Trust Fund by $3 million per year to a total of $14 million per year.    The money committees also included my proposal to hire staff at prisons and study the Commonwealth’s ability to provide earlier reparative therapy to sex offenders in state prisons instead of waiting until they have completed their jail sentence.  Historically, providing these services in post-jail secure inpatient facility have cost nearly twice as much as prison.  Starting earlier and shortening civil commitment will save taxpayers millions.   We finally started the process of investing in rural broadband with a $15 million investment along with $1 million in Enterprise Zone grants to encourage solar.   Virginia’s cash reserves will stand at $1.45 billion at the end of the biennium which is a strong hedge against a downturn in the economy.     While the budget makes some progress, I also felt like it was a missed opportunity to make progress on long standing funding priorities because there are many priorities the General Assembly could have funded if we had not cut taxes.  First, our secondary education funding continues to lag behind our re-Great Recession historic commitment.  Virginia’s teachers remain some of the lowest paid in the nation.  Virginia’s higher education system remains a crown jewel, but our college tuitions are some of the highest in the nation.  We not only need to freeze tuition but roll it back.    Virginia also has thousands of families waiting for childcare subsidies so parents (mainly mothers) can go back to work.   We still have 12,000 families waiting for Medicaid services for mentally and developmentally disabled children.  Virginia’s public employees remain significantly behind private sector wages which hurts retention and proficiency.  The construction backlog and staffing needs at Virginia’s State Parks is over $100 million while demand for parks skyrockets.    Please email me at scott@scottsurovell.orgif you have any feedback!

Weekly Column: 16 Bills on the Governor's Desk!

February 26, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of February 25, 2019. 16 Bills on the Governor’s Desk! The 2019 Session is now in the books.  Notwithstanding the controversy generated by our statewide officials, it was one of the most personally successful sessions in the 10 years I have served in the General Assembly.  This column focuses on my personal legislative agenda.  First, Governor Northam announced a deal to widen I-95 southbound between VA-123 and the Prince William County Parkway in three years using no taxpayer funds and no penalty payment to Transurban.  I have been urging this solution for three years and it will save millions of drivers millions of hours per month when implemented.  Sixteen of my bills are on the Governor’s desk.  The most significant was my bipartisan bill to address Virginia’s coal ash crisis.  The legislation we ultimate passed will result in a $3 billion plan to cleanup Dominion’s 27 million cubic yards of coal ash in Virginia in an environmentally responsible way and represents the first time Virginia has exceeded EPA standards on environmental protection.  Late last week, the House of Delegates passed my legislation giving Fairfax County the ability to pass a $1/mo. utility tax to raise $30 million over 20 years to pay for electrical line undergrounding on U.S. 1 between Woodlawn and Hybla Valley.  I also secured Verizon’s commitment to place their wires underground at no cost if a duct bank is constructed large enough to handle their wires saving millions.  Coupled with a $15 million contribution from VDOT and legislation I passed last session making two additional funding streams available, there is now no excuse for Fairfax County to hold back on placing utilities underground on U.S. 1 and I am urging them to take action immediately.  My legislation to facilitate a legal pathway for undocumented abandoned, abused and neglected immigrant children passed the House and Senate nearly unanimously and will help thousands of children escape tragic circumstances.    I also passed legislation requiring homeowner and condo association to publish their budgets and capital reserve shortfalls, and limited their ability to prohibit homebased childcare which is a critical need.    My legislation to create fines for government officials who destroy public records to avoid disclosing them in citizen requests passed long with a remedy to punish local governments who violate closed meeting rules while their counsel is present.  Sunshine is the best disinfectant.  We passed my legislation requiring the Commonwealth to create model memorandum of understanding for school resource officers to be templated across the Commonwealth.  Virginia leads the nation in student criminal referrals and this will help to stop the School to Prison Pipeline.   Elections for Dumfries Town Council will now occur in November saving taxpayer dollars and increasing voter participation.     I passed legislation allowing restricted driver’s licenses for out-of-state drug offenses to prevent Virginians from losing their jobs passed, along with better due process for protective order proceedings, streamlining no-default divorce procedures and filing fee waivers for indigent divorcing parties.  My bill to allow parents to recover damages for wrongfully killed children who provide family support passed unanimously, along with legislation to make it easier for LGBT couples to become parents through surrogate mothers.    The failure of the House of Delegates to once again ratify the Equal Rights Amendment was a major disappointment to me and 160 million American Women.    Also, the hand’s free (texting while driving) bill died in the House after passing the Senate.  Governor Northam has a bill on his desk he could amend to achieve the same result and I am urging him to do so.  My predatory lending reform legislation died in the Senate even after passing last year 38-2.  Loan sharks rejoiced, but I will be back next year.  I was also disappointed that my bill to close a wage withholding loophole for child support deadbeats failed after passing the Senate and making it on to the House Floor, along with my bill to create a temporary driver’s privilege card for taxpaying undocumented immigrants.  Next week, I will discuss the state budget.  The following week I will discuss other major pieces of legislation that passed including redistricting reforms, early voting, Amazon and Micron incentives.   Please email me at scott@scottsurovell.orgif you have any feedback.  It is an honor to serve as your state senator.

Weekly Column: Budget Compromise, Child Support Deadbeats & Session End Approaches

February 18, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of February 18 2019. It is hard to believe, but the last week of the General Assembly has arrived and we hope to gavel out by this coming Saturday.  This past week was very busy as we tried to complete work on bills from opposite chamber and negotiated amendments to the budget.  First, the Governor and the money committees announced an agreement regarding tax conformity and the revenue side of the budget.  The compromise provides a $110 refund for each tax return (individual or joint) this year.  From 2020 to 2026, it increases the standard deduction at the state level by $1,500 for individuals and $3,000 for joint filers – resulting in $86 in savings for individuals and $172 for couples.  The bill also removes the $10,000 cap on itemized deductions for state taxes.  Given the state income tax is only 5.75%, the tax relief afforded is about $57.50 for every $1,000 of additional mortgage interest, state or local property taxes paid over and above $10,000.   I was not happy with this proposal for several reasons.  First, it takes about $450 million per year out of the state budget which could fund desperately underfunded General Fund (non-transportation) priorities such as secondary education, higher education, childcare, healthcare, safety net, environmental protection, parks, and public safety.  Second, most of the people receiving the bulk of these cuts are already receiving big federal tax cuts while we run the biggest deficits in United States history instead of following the Governor’s proposal to target modest tax relief targeted to low wage working Virginia families.  This week, negotiators will attempt to finalize the expenditure side of the budget.  Next, my legislation to modernize child support collection continued to move through the process.  There is over $2.4 billion of delinquent child support in Virginia.   When child support goes unpaid with low income families, it is often paid by taxpayers through the state’s Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) and it is recovered through the Commonwealth’s Department of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE).  In the last five years, child support deadbeats have begun to seek employment with “gig economy” companies as independent contractors such as Uber and Lyft who are exempt from child support withholding.  My legislation would change that and passed the Courts Civil Subcommittee by one vote.    My legislation to change the Town of Dumfries Town Charter to move elections from May to November passed the full House and Senate.  There is no need for taxpayers to fund separate elections, especially when they result in much lower turnouts.    The legislation I introduced to create a pilot project to provide Fairfax County with an additional tool to fund underground utilities on U.S. 1 passed the House Commerce and Labor Committee and should be up for a final vote this Tuesday.    Next, my bill to give Fairfax County authority to fine retailers for rogue shopping carts after refusing to pick them up for 10 days failed in a House subcommittee on a tie vote.  Several Mount Vernon and Springfield residents testified about the disruption loose carts cause in neighborhoods, sidewalks, and the environment – I have now removed over 250 shopping carts from Little Hunting Creek alone.  We will try again next year.  Also, my bill to enhance prohibit cars from illegally passed other cars by using bike lanes and creating a new serious traffic offense for seriously injuring a cyclist or pedestrian while distracted passed the House Transportation Committee, but was killed by the House Courts of Justice Committee.  Many rural members do not understand the need for better cycling safety rules.  My legislation to creates consequences for destroying public records to avoid a Freedom of Information Act passed, but only after fines for violating the state’s public meetings law were removed.  I am moving the bill into a conference committee to negotiate a compromise because the closed meeting rule is routinely abused.    Finally, on Wednesday, I held my annual Facebook Townhall.  Over 56 constituents posted questions and about 1,500 have viewed the 90-minute town hall.  You can watch the recorded version on my official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/surovell.    Please contact me at scott@scottsurovell.orgif you have any questions.  It is an honor to represent you in the Senate of Virginia.

Weekly Column: Passing Bills, Serving the Public

February 11, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of February 11, 2019. Passing Bills, Serving the Public Last week in the General Assembly was a week of accomplishments, revelations and stress.  The Senate approved and sent to the House of Delegates 20 of my 25 bills  and added several of my budget amendments to the Senate budget.  The Senate  agreed to $2 million to study extending Metro’s Blue Line to Lorton, Woodbridge and Potomac Mills, along with enhanced transit on U.S. 1 in Prince William County.  I have been fighting for this for three years and with Senator George Barker’s help, we got it included in the Senate budget.  Additionally, my proposal to fund additional treatment services and a study for incarcerated, sexually-violent predators was included so that they can  receive treatment before they are committed to a post-incarceration civil treatment facility, an approach that costs taxpayers significantly more per day than a standard jail.  There is no reason to delay therapy until they have completed their sentence.  This will save taxpayers millions of dollars if it works.  The Senate, on a 37-2-1 vote, passed my bill to create a framework to clean up Virginia’s coal ash repositories.  The bill requires at least 6.8 million cubic yards of the 27 million cubic yards to be recycled into “encapsulated” products like bricks, cinderblocks or cement.  The bill also requires Dominion to work with localities to minimize transportation impacts; to give priority to local workers; and to continually seek proposals to recycle ash as technology evolves so that we can minimize coal ash landfill storage.  While the bill is not everything I want, it achieves my primary objectives to prohibit “cap in place” or using old leaky ash ponds to store ash forever and to promote recycling.  On a vote of 29-11, the Senate passed my legislation to give Fairfax County an additional tool to pay for underground utilities on U.S. 1.  The bill allows the County to pay for underground utilities and then recover the cost by levying a utility fee that will cost about $0.80-0.90 per month.  I have heard loud and clear from my constituents that they want underground utilities on U.S. 1.  Prince William County’s government funded it for all 10 miles of U.S. 1.  If Prince William can afford it, so can Fairfax County, and I am hoping to provide County officials with a method to do it.  On a vote of 34-6, the Senate passed my bill to create penalties for government officials who intentionally try to avoid our sunshine laws.  The bill creates penalties for destroying public records to avoid the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and penalties for officials who incorrectly vote to certify that they only discussed specifically exempted and previously-announced matters in closed public meetings.   I also passed legislation clarifying that cars cannot use bike lanes to pass other vehicles and making it easier to convict drivers for seriously injuring cyclists and pedestrians.  U.S. 1 is the deadliest road in Virginia for pedestrians and pedestrian deaths are up by 50 percent in the last five years in Virginia.  Most injured cyclists and pedestrians cannot remember what happened or are killed when struck.  This will help balance the playing field on the criminal side of justice.  Finally, this was another rough week as the Governor’s situation continued to percolate, the Attorney General admitted to using blackface at age 19 in college and two different women accused our Lieutenant Governor of sexual assault.  We were initially willing to wait for time and information after one accusation was made, but when a second woman 4,000 miles away made a very serious allegation, it was clear to some of us that this was becoming an issue that could distract from his duties. The Senate Democratic, House Democratic and Legislative Black Caucuses and called for his resignation.  I am continuing to assess my position on the situations and welcome your input.  Please weigh in on my constituent survey at http://bit.ly/sd362019survey and email me at scott@scottsurovell.org with your feedback.  I will host a town hall meeting on Facebook on February 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  I hope you will watch and participate online at www.facebook.com/surovell.  It is an honor to serve as your state senator.

Session Interviews with Cable Reports

February 4, 2019
Every year, I interview with Cable Reports to preview the General Assembly Session.  This year, I did two interviews - one focusing on Fairfax County and the other on Prince William and Stafford Counties. During these interview we were able to cover a wide array topics from the Governor's agenda to items that specifically affect the constituents within my district. I was glad to discuss the coal ash removal bill that was supported by the Governor. We went on to discuss my legislation on predatory lending, the urgency of passing tax conformity, underground utility lines, the tolling situation on I-81 and bi-partisan redistricting.Fairfax County Prince William County

Weeky #4: A Week of Highs and Lows in the State Legislature

February 3, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of February 3, 2019. A Week of Highs and Lows in the State Legislature The fourth week of this session of the General Assembly brought some of greatest highs and greatest lows I have ever experienced in my 10 years serving in the General Assembly.  In a Monday, January 29 press conference with Governor Northam, we announced a new agreement with Transurban to start the immediate construction of a new lane southbound on I-95 between VA-123 and the Prince William County Parkway. Transurban agreed to waive any compensation event or penalty payment on their existing contract.  With this agreement, we much closer to removing the worst bottleneck in all of Northern Virginia, the most frequent transportation complaint I receive - a traffic nightmare that costs millions of Virginians millions of hours of lost productivity.  For the last three years, Senator Jeremy McPike and I have been pressing the McAuliffe and Northam administrations for solutions.  Local officials had proposed similar solutions that were either impossible to build due to existing Transurban contract language or even if funded, would not open for another 7-10 years.  Our agreement uses no taxpayer dollars, will allow construction to begin in 18-months and be completed within three years.    My legislation to facilitate underground utilities on U.S. 1 in Fairfax County passed both the full Commerce and Labor and Finance Committees and will be before the full Senate this week.  If enacted, it will create a mechanism under which Fairfax County can pass the cost of the undergrounded lines on to all County electricity ratepayers through their electric bill.   This week, the Senate will vote on my bill to require sound coal ash storage, thanks to a bipartisan agreement and help from Governor Northam, Secretary of Natural Resources Matt Strickler, House Speaker Kirk Cox and Senate Commerce & Labor Committee Chairman Frank Wagner.  The agreement prohibits using existing leaky ash ponds for future storage and for existing coal ash, requires Dominion to either recycle it or put it in a landfill with a secure liner.  The cleanup will cost $3 billion and be funded by ratepayers at no more than $5 per month on electricity bills.  This might be the first time Virginia has done something that is more protective of the environment than required by federal law.   On January 31, the Senate Local Government Committee approved my bill to authorize Fairfax County to clean up “rogue” shopping carts after giving stores 10 days’ notice.  Loose shopping carts, still a problem on U.S. 1, do not belong in our streams.  My creek cleanups conducted with the Friends of Little Hunting Creek have collected over 230 shopping carts and counting out of Little Hunting Creek.  Friday was a very difficult day for all of us.  I had planned a town hall meeting with Senator George Barker and Delegate Kathy Tran at South County High School.   Delegate Tran received numerous threats and we learned about online conversations discussing which sniper rifles to bring to a planned, pre-meeting, anti-abortion rally.  Also, law enforcement officials expressed concerns about safety and logistics, especially because four student and youth sports events were scheduled to occur simultaneously.  Given these reports, we cancelled the meeting.   While discussing the meeting, we received word of Governor Northam’s yearbook pictures showing two people in blackface and a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) robe.  By the time I was home, Governor Northam had admitted that he was in the pictures and apologized.  That evening, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and both the Senate and House Democratic Caucuses determined that featuring such things on a personal yearbook page, even 30 years ago, severely undermined faith in the Governor’s ability to lead the Commonwealth.  All called for his resignation.  While I am aware that he revised his position the next day, massive damage has been done to the Governor’s ability to lead.  I am extremely saddened by the situation.  I have never seen the slightest hint that Ralph Northam could support such intolerance and abhorrent behavior.  While Governor Northam now says that how the photograph got there is under investigation, featuring blackface and KKK on a personal yearbook page is truly horrific and should be condemned.  Please email me at scott@scottsurovell.org if you have any feedback.

Week #3 - ERA & Predatory Lending Dies, HOA Reform Moves Forward

January 30, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of January 29, 2019. The third week of the General Assembly brought action on many of my billsFirst, the Equal Rights Amendment was killed in House Committee at the beginning of the week.  It was the first time the House of Delegates has ever held a hearing on the amendment.  The official statements from members who opposed indicated that they felt women had equal rights and the amendment was no longer necessary.  However, the conservative activist community has attempted to make the amendment all about abortion which is inaccurate - the right to contraception and reproductive freedom is already recognized in the U.S. Constitution. Women do not have equal rights.  There are numerous pieces of legislation that are regularly passed across the country that have a disparate impact on women.  Unfortunately, these are very difficult to challenge in court because government actions that differentiate on sex are not given the same scrutiny as government actions that differentiate based on race.   I have carried this bill for seven years and we will continue to fight to enshrine equality in the U.S. Constitution.  My legislation has started to move.  the new “gig economy” has created challenges with some of our old systems.  For example, Virginia Law does not allow child support to be withheld from anyone who is paid by 1099.  Some child support payees have used jobs at entities like Uber and Lyft to avoid making payments.  My legislation to close this loophole cleared the Senate Courts Committee. Next, my bills to regulate predatory lending strangely failed.  I introduced legislation to put a 36% rate cap on consumer finance loans.  My legislation was supported by the consumer finance industry, but was opposed by internet lenders who want to use Virginia’s consumer finance laws to allow them to make loans over the internet at over 400%.  Five senators changed their votes from last year and my bill that passed the full Senate 38-2 failed in committee by two votes.  I will be back next year. My legislation provide more transparency with homeowners associations cleared committee.  First, my legislation would require all homeowner and condominium associations to actually publish their budget to members on an annual basis (this is not currently required).  Next, association will be required to tell their members exactly how much reserves for capital investments are recommended by their reserve study and exactly how short they are.  Associations frequently do not raise dues to save enough money which leaves sidewalks, pools, and parking lots in a decrepit state. Next, homeowner association of childcare has been a regular problem.  Home based childcare is entry level employment for many immigrant families and provides a useful service given that childcare in the D.C. Metropolitan Area is the most expensive in the United States.  Many associations try to use “home based business” prohibitions to prohibits unsophisticated homeowners who have already received country approval for their childcare service.  My legislation says associations can only prohibit homebased childcare if they pass a specific rule about homebased childcare.  This will help avoid disputes. My legislation to amend the Town of Dumfries Charter to require elections to be held in November instead of May also passed committee.  This will save taxpayer dollars and increase turnout.  More people voting makes for better elections. Finally, we have seen zero movement on reaching tax conformity with the federal government.  Because of this, Virginians still cannot file a tax return.  This is becoming a crisis, but the Republican majority has refused to reach out for input to us even though conformity legislation cannot pass without twelve Democratic votes as emergency legislation.  We need to get this done immediately. Please complete my constituent survey online and email me at scott@scottsurovell.org if you have any feedback.  It is an honor to serve as your state senator.

Weekly Column: Week #2 - ERA, Ban the Box, and LGBT Nondiscrimination Moves Forward

January 25, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of January 22, 2019. The second week of the General Assembly are now in the books.First, the Senate of Virginia passed a resolution ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) for the sixth time by a vote of 26-14 which is the largest margin ever.  Seven Republican Senator joined all nineteen Democratic Senators to pass the resolution.  The fight moves on to the House this week which historically has refused to even hold a hearing. This year is different.  In 2018, the states of Nevada and Illinois ratified the ERA which leaves the amendment one state short from ratification.  While the Supreme Court has not expressly upheld Congress’ power to set a ratification deadline, lower courts have held that Congress can set the terms of ratification which also means that Congress can extend the deadline or accept ratifications after the deadline has run.  Legislation is pending in Congress to do that and this is an opportunity to put Virginia on the right side of history for the first time in probably 200 years.  Stay tuned.   The Senate also passed legislation to prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) Virginians in housing and prohibitions on discrimination in public employment.  These bills will go on to the House where they have not passed in prior sessions. We also passed legislation prohibiting public employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal histories prior to granting an interview.  These bills are called “Ban the Box” bills.  They do not prohibit criminal background checks once an employer has decided to give someone a job.  Many people just need a chance to prove themselves instead of getting screened out before they are even interviewed. The legislation I am carrying for Governor Northam on coal ash was heard by the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.  The bill prohibits Dominion’s proposed “cap in place” proposal which would involve storing coal ash in existing, leaky ponds.  It would require Dominion to either recycle the coal ash or place it into a modern lined landfill.   It also requires local input, the use of local labor with decent benefits, and the minimization of truck traffic. The bill was referred to the Finance Committee after a last minute request.  Other coal ash bills are being vetted in other committees and they will all probably converge on the Finance Committee just before the session midpoint.  Billions of dollars are at stake. Next week, my bills will start to be heard including nine bills alone on Monday.  I am also looking forward to the seven students from West Potomac High School and Hayfield Secondary School who were selected to participate in this year’s Puller Institute are visiting Sunday through Tuesday. Unfortunately, there has been no movement on conforming our tax system to the new federal definitions creates by last year’s federal tax reform.  That leaves the state currently unable to either publish or process tax returns.  I am not sure why the media is not discussing the situation, but many Virginians will be unhappy to learn that they cannot file tax returns on February 1. The coming weeks will be extremely busy.  Please come visit me in Richmond, email me your views about legislation at scott@scottsurovell.orgor stop by one of my town halls.  Last week, I hosted town hall meetings in Mount Vernon, Lee District, and Montclair.  This weekend, I am hosting town hall meetings in Woodbridge and Stafford on Sunday.  You can find more information on my website or Facebook page. It is an honor to serve as your state senator.

Weekly Column: ERA On the Move, Redistricting Reform, and I-81 on the Docket

January 16, 2019
The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, Springfield Connection, The Prince William Times, The Fort Hunt Herald, and Potomac Local in the week of January 15, 2019.         The first three days of the General Assembly ended on Friday and it is proving to me a busy session.          On the first day of session, my legislation to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was debated in the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee.  ERA would prohibit the government from discriminating against all persons on the basis of sex.  It does not apply to discrimination by private individuals (which is covered by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other laws).            The Commonwealth and the country have a long history of discrimination against women and although most forms of explicit discrimination have ended, there are still government actions taken that have disparate impacts on women and as we have seen from recent events, even the most basic political norms can be easily overturned.  I believe this value needs to be reflected in our Constitution.           Last week’s hearing was one of the most well-attended committee meetings I have seen in the 10 years I have served.  The resolution passed 8-6 with all Democrats and two Republican Senators supporting the measure.  It will be debated in the Senate this week.  The House of Delegates has traditionally refused to hold a hearing on the bill.  Hopefully, that will change this year.            We are also expected to take up redistricting reform this year.  Virginia is required to redraw all of our political districts in 2021 after the national census occurs in 2020.  The legislature draws all boundaries for congressional and legislative districts.           Historically, the majority caucuses of each chamber have drawn the districts and as computers have become more powerful, district lines have become more creative and contorted.  The lines of the 36th Senate District make little sense to any of my constituents.           If the General Assembly is going to start the process of amending the Constitution of Virginia, then we must pass a constitutional amendment this session and then again in the 2020 session.  In other words, this is our last chance to start that process before the next redistricting.          I believe that redistricting is one of the most fundamental problems in American politics and that the last people who should be drawing these lines are the members who will benefit.  However, we must give a nonpartisan or bipartisan commission the correct criteria to use and the bills that the existing majority has supported so far have not used neutral criteria.            Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay asked me to introduce legislation that would give Fairfax County more powers to fine businesses that do not control their shopping carts.  This a problem not just on U.S. 1 but also in the Springfield business community.          I am also carrying bills that would create consequences for local government entities that violate the Freedom of Information Act.  Closed meeting requirements are routinely violated by local governments.  Also, there are little to no consequences for destroying documents or emails to avoid producing them in response to a public records request.  My legislation would create a fine structure.            Finally, we are working on legislation to fund improvements to I-81 including a tolling structure.  This road is in dire need of widening, but the Governor has proposed to allow Virginia EZ-Pass holders to pay no tolls on I-81 in exchange for paying a $30 annual fee.  Given that the 36th District contains people that have to pay $30 per day in tolls, that idea is a non-starter for me.  Instead of tolls and this “toll pass,” I am working with other legislators to support a wholesale gas tax increase that would also help fund more projects cross the entire Commonwealth including here in the 36th District.             It is an honor to serve as your state senator.  Please email me at scott@scottsurovell.orgif you have any feedback. 

Equity for Who? Comment on Fairfax County Proposal to Delete Six Miles of Planned Bike Trails

January 2, 2019
High Voltage Power Lines Along Huntley MeadowsPark Boundary(Click to Enlarge) Huntley Meadows Park is a wonderful community asset.  I volunteered in the park for about five years checking blue bird nesting boxes for eggs near Hayfield as part of an attempt to bring them back.  I've enjoyed the park with my kids, sent them to summer camps there, jogged in the woods, and spent time there pondering nature.The community bravely and correct beat back and effort to run highway through the park when I was in high school.  I have been a life member of the Friends of Huntley Meadows for nearly a decade and also secured them corporate financial support in the past. Map Showing Current Comp Plan and Possible Trail Realignments to Minimize Wetland Impacts(Click to Enlarge) However, this month, the Fairfax County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will be voting on a proposal to remove two potential bike and walking trails along the boundaries of Huntley Meadows Park on utility easements from the County's Comprehensive Plan.  I support the existing proposed trails, oppose both removal amendments and would like to hear from constituents about the issue to communicate their concerns to County leaders.  You can provide your comments below. A Little HistoryAfter being farmed for 200 years, the land for the park was consolidated in the early 1900's and conceived of as George Washington Air Junction and landing area for Zeppelins.  After the developer went bankrupt, the federal government acquired the property and used it for submarine communications and pavement testing - there are still pavement test loops in the woods accessible from the west entrance. Utility Corridors Through Huntley Meadows Park(Click to Enlarge) In 1959, the Washington Gas Company trenched a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to the Chesapeake Bay to provide natural gas service to our area.  In our community, the pipeline runs from Kingstowne, along Greendale Golf Course, across the northern boundary of Huntley Meadows Park after entering at the intersection of Telegraph Road & South Kings Highway, crossing behind Vantage, Stoneybrooke, and Woodstone, down Lockheed Boulevard and through Mount Vernon Square, along the edge of Hollin Hills and then under the Potomac River (red line on the right).  It is mowed annually.In 1968, the Virginia Electric Power Company installed high voltage power lines that run from Hayfield Secondary School, along the boundary between Fort Belvoir and Huntley Meadows Park, and then along the Park's southern boundary with several hundred houses to a substation behind the Petco in Mount Vernon Plaza (yellow line above).  Last year, Dominion rebuilt the entire line using 100 foot towers after I intervened to allow for public input for taller towers due to neighborhood complaints and concerns raised by Huntley Meadows park activists supporters.  The right-of-way is spayed with herbicide every three years to kill all trees.After the land was acquired from the U.S. Department of Transportation in 1971, transferred to the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1975, the original 1978 Huntley Meadows Park Master Plan called for a perimeter trail around the park in the same areas.  You can view the original master plan by clicking here.   2014 Fairfax County Master Bike PlanShowing Northern Trail(Click to Enlarge) However, the trails remained in the Comprehensive Plan with language added nearly 30 years ago suggesting they be reconsidered and the Fairfax County 2014 Master Bike Plan still contains the Northern Trail as a recommended bike corridor (see map at right). A Changing Vision and Needs in the U.S. 1 CorridorIn the last thirty years, Hybla Valley has transformed along with Fairfax County's land use vision for the U.S. 1 Highway Corridor, promotion of transit, parks and active transportation such as cycling. The Commonwealth funded the U.S. 1 Multimodal Study.  The Final Report recommended that U.S. 1 be transformed by adding 80,000 new residents supported by a two stop Yellow Line extension to Hybla Valley,  a 14-mile bus rapid transit to the Woodbridge VRE and a massively different land use plan designed to get residents out of cars and onto transit, bicycles, or walking.  In March 2018, Fairfax County enacted it as Embark which also contemplated connecting the area using the areas natural assets with a series of interconnected "Ecological Spines."  The March 2018 adopted text also stated the following under "Guiding Principles":        c.    Enhancing pedestrian and bicycle access to parkland, where appropriate, for recreation and the enjoyment of nature.          d.    Creating places that encourage walking and biking as part of everyday activities, including shopping, accessing schools, libraries and other public facilities; and, traveling to work. . . .            b. Encouraging multimodal transportation usage by providing a well-designed and publicly accessible network of complete streets that integrate transit, pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular connections within the CBCs and to adjacent neighborhoods.  - Adopted EMBARK Comprehensive Plan Amendments, Page 8 U.S 1 has also become much more diverse since 1991 with communities that are not as connected to our community institutions.  The children population has also exploded in our area as older residents move on and families with children move back in. Possible Trail Interconnections(Click to Enlarge) Constructing 7-10-foot wide bike trails across these utility corridors would create interconnections between Hayfield, Woodlawn, and Hybla Valley that do not exist.  They would enhance the promotion of new development in the U.S. 1 Corridor and facilitate intra community connectivity. I would support the trails with some minor alignment adjustments shown on the first map above.  I also envision these trails connecting to a trail down Little Hunting Creek, under U.S. 1 to the Gum Springs Community Center to safely connect all of our residents to robust assets.  The map at the right shows how they could be connected via a trail under U.S. 1. Most importantly, in the short term, they would provide desperately needed recreational assets to the west side of U.S. 1 where residents today have virtually nothing.  Today's children in Meadow Woods Apartments (on Lockheed Boulevard), Audubon Estates (800 mobile homes behind Home Depot), Murraygate Apartments (behind Gold's Gym), or those living in Janna Lee or Sequoyah, have nowhere to safely ride a bike, or go for a walk or run and enjoy nature.  Anyone who lives along the G.W. Parkway can attest to the value the Mount Vernon Trail brings to daily life. Dominion Resources and Fort Belvoir have both indicated they have no objection to a trail through these properties.Concerns Raised by Friends of Huntley MeadowsOpponents to this concept have raised several objections which I will respond to below: The identified areas are too wet for a bike trail.  While it might be easier to imagine this in what has become the wettest year in the history of area weather record keeping, characterizing six miles of potential trail as all being "too wet" is obviously an over-simplification - the staff report indicates wetlands on only 20% of the route and that could be significantly mitigated through relocating the route.  The proposed trail crossing near Dogue Creek traverses wetlands, but anyone who has ridden the Mount Vernon Bike Trail through Dyke Marsh or the brand new Prince William Trail through Neabsco Creek is familiar with trail technology that can circumvent this area.  Nearly the entire southern trail would be built under a high voltage power line that was just rebuilt with taller 100-foot towers without incident. A path would threaten certain rare or uncommon species (not protected endangered species).  Huntley Meadows is currently criss-crossed with walking trails - many of which extend into and through very sensitive areas (as does the Mount Vernon Bike Trail).  There are also dozens of informal trails currently all over this area.  No one has proposed elimination of these trails due to threats to species.  The primary Huntley Meadows pond itself was recreated by a county-constructed dam after beavers abandoned the area in 2012.  One segment runs near historic George Washington's boundary trenches.  First, a new trail would provide access to these historic resources so that our area residents could actually see them.  Moreover, anyone who has visited a Civil War Battlefield has seen trail technology that avoids and preserves trenchworks.  Moreover, five years ago, Fairfax County constructed a trail on Gunston Road, located Native American artifacts, excavated the site and continued construction.  These are not insurmountable challenges.   There are unexploded munitions in the Fort Belvoir segment.  Unexploded munitions can be located and removed during the construction process if they are encountered.   There is no money to build these trails.  These trails have not been constructed because our local government has not requested the money or prioritized construction.  Fairfax County has access to hundreds of millions of dollars of transportation monies over the next decade that could be allocated to this project along with developer proffer dollars that will come as U.S. 1 redevelops.   Fairfax County Staff Report Deficiencies Fairfax County's staff report, largely echoes concerns raised by community advocates before the report was issued.  It also has numerous deficiencies: It says all of the Northern trail is "forested" - The trail would largely run in a 30-foot natural gas pipeline easement that is regularly mowed.   There was zero mention of the 1959 natural gas pipeline that crosses the park on which the northern trail would run.   It had no cost projections.   It had no real analysis of how interconnectivity would be enhanced by creation of these trails.  The proposed trail "alternatives" pose significantly greater risk to cyclists, simply propose that cyclists ride on designated roads and pedestrians walk on sidewalks, and involved significant elevation changes.  It also had no mention of how the proposed trail would integrate with the Embark U.S. 1 Comprehensive Plan changes adopted only a year ago.   Most disturbingly, there was no analysis of the equity aspects of this project - even after I made repeated requests to the County Equity Officer to engage in this issue.   Construction of this trail would connect thousands of lower income underserved families to recreational assets such as the Gum Springs Community Center, the George Washington Recreation Center, Mount Vernon Woods Park, Muddy Hole Park, and the entire Hayfield Community.  There was no mention of these complete lack of any actual pedestrian access to Huntley Meadows Park - the largest park in Fairfax County - from the east side of the park.  The only access is via a vehicle driveway which has no sidewalks leading to it - only gravel shoulders - leading to its entrance, and the park has no official access along nearly 9 miles of its perimeter - much of it where the most diverse residents live.     This was shocking to me in light of the County's recent adoption of its "Equity Resolution" designed to ensure that racial and economic equity are taken into account in all county decision-making processes.   In fact, no public hearings were held along the west side of U.S. 1 except an event at Groveton ES attended by virtually no one who lives on the Highway and none of the communities along the west side of U.S. 1 were consulted during the public hearing phase on this proposal.  It was very clear to me that this was a process engineered to promote a status quo envisioned in the early 1990's.  A Time for Fairness The communities along U.S. 1 have been ignored for too long and deserve the same access to natural resources the rest of Fairfax County's residents currently enjoy.  The children who live on the western side of U.S. 1 deserve to have some type of safe access to a patch of publicly owned grass such as Muddy Hole Park, Mt. Vernon Woods Park or Gum Springs Community Center to kick a ball or ride a bike.  They also deserve just as much access to Huntley Meadows Park's natural assets as people who commute their by vehicle from the east side of U.S. 1.  Just because these communities do not know how to engage in the Comprehensive Plan process or reach out to County staff does not mean their well-being should be steamrolled.   Deletion of these projects is directly contrary to the transportation and land use objectives set forth the Embark U.S. 1 plan adopted only one year ago and are contrary to the current park master plan.  While I fully recognize that not everyone will agree with me, construction of trails on utility easements along the park boundary next to hundreds of houses with some slight adjustments to minimize wetlands impacts will not adversely affect the park - especially the central areas that are enjoyed by most people today. Please comment on this project using the link below and I will share your comments with the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.   Loading...

These are all of the video clips of Scott Surovell’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2010. There are 210 video clips in all.

Bills

  • SB93: Parole; eligibility for, at liberty between offenses.
  • SB613: Local government; deposition.
  • SB737: Driving under influence of alcohol; license conditions for first offense.
  • SB765: Coal ash ponds; mandatory testing of drinking water wells in Chesapeake Bay watershed.
  • SB766: Citizen water quality monitoring; use as evidence in enforcement actions.
  • SB767: Coal ash ponds; flaws in closure plans, delay of permit.
  • SB768: Electric utilities; recovery of costs associated with closure in place of coal ash facilities.
  • SB770: Absentee voting; alternative locations for in-person absentee voting.
  • SB771: Absentee voting; counting military and overseas absentee ballots received after close of polls.
  • SB808: Electric utilities; Transitional Rate Period, coal combustion residuals landfills.
  • SB938: Child support; withholding of income, contracts with an independent contractor.
  • SB1533: Coal combustion residuals; Chesapeake Bay watershed, closure.
  • SB1534: Coal combustion residuals; cleanup costs.
  • SB1535: Uniform Statewide Building Code; outdoor advertising.
  • SB1536: Out-of-state conviction of drug offenses; petition for restricted driver's license.
  • SB1537: Virginia Property Owners' Association Act; home-based businesses.
  • SB1538: Common interest communities; dissemination of annual budget, reserve for capital components.
  • SB1539: Child support; withholding of income of independent contractors.
  • SB1540: Protective orders; contents of preliminary orders, docketing of appeal.
  • SB1541: No-fault divorce; waiver of service of process.
  • SB1542: Civil actions; determination of indigency, no-fault divorce.
  • SB1543: Wrongful death beneficiaries; parents of decedent who receive support or services, etc.
  • SB1544: Assisted conception; parentage presumption.
  • SB1548: Consumer finance companies; loans, licensing.
  • SB1549: Virginia Consumer Protection Act; exclusion.
  • SB1550: Bicyclists & other vulnerable road users; person who operates a motor vehicle in a careless manner.
  • SB1551: School resource officers; memorandums of understanding.
  • SB1552: Absentee voting; alternative locations for in-person absentee voting.
  • SB1553: Urban county executive form of government; abandoned shopping carts.
  • SB1554: Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); violations and civil penalties.
  • SB1691: Dumfries, Town of; amending charter, town council elections, etc.
  • SB1740: Driver privilege cards; penalty.
  • SB1756: Virginia Condominium and Virginia Property Owners' Association Acts; stormwater facilities.
  • SB1757: Custody and visitation arrangements; best interests of the child, domestic abuse and child abuse.
  • SB1758: Juvenile and domestic relations district courts; jurisdiction, specific findings of fact.
  • SB1759: Underground electric distribution lines; placing in areas of transit-oriented development.
  • SJ438: Celebrating the life of John Harper.
  • SJ439: Commending United Community Ministries, Inc.
  • SJ440: Commending the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust.
  • SJ441: Commending the Prince William County Bar Association.
  • SJ442: Commending Neabsco Elementary School.
  • SJ461: Commending Barney Barnwell.
  • SJ465: Commending the Honorable Jan Brodie.
  • SB21: Grand larceny & certain property crimes; increases threshold amount of money taken, etc., to $500.
  • SB22: Security freezes; elimination of fees.
  • SB74: Handheld personal communications devices; use while driving.
  • SB85: Protective orders, preliminary; contents of order.
  • SB86: Driver's license; driving after forfeiture of license, penalty.
  • SB87: Careless driving; cause of injury to vulnerable road user.
  • SB88: Bicycle lane; penalty for driver to pass another vehicle using lane.
  • SB89: Child abuse or neglect; civil proceedings, testimony of children.
  • SB93: Parole, eligibility for; at liberty between offenses.
  • SB94: Police and court records; expungement of records.
  • SB95: Security freezes; protected consumer, proof of authority,
  • SB245: Conversion therapy; prohibited by certain health care providers.
  • SB447: Firearms; transfers, etc., penalties.
  • SB607: Electronic transmission of sexually explicit images by minors; penalties.
  • SB608: Police and court records; expungement, plea agreements.
  • SB609: Juvenile offenders; Retention of jurisdiction.
  • SB610: Adultery; reduces Class 4 misdemeanor to a civil penalty.
  • SB611: Motor vehicles; increases liability insurance coverage limits.
  • SB612: Assisted conception; parentage presumption.
  • SB613: Local government; deposition.
  • SB614: Spousal support; modification.
  • SB615: Spousal support payments; employer withholding.
  • SB616: Waiver of immunity; persons covered by insurance policy.
  • SB617: Statute of limitations; discovery rule.
  • SB618: Expert witnesses; no fees shall be charged by government officer and employees.
  • SB619: Virginia Human Rights Act; limitations on causes of action.
  • SB620: Arbitration; denial of motion to compel.
  • SB621: Driver privilege cards; authorizes issuance of new cards by DMV.
  • SB622: Local transportation plan; secondary system road construction program allocation.
  • SB623: Electronic Routing Registry; created.
  • SB624: Va. Consumer Protection Act; open-end credit plans.
  • SB625: Consumer finance companies; licensing by SCC.
  • SB626: Life insurance on minors; consent of parents.
  • SB627: Home inspection servicers; certain contract provisions prohibited.
  • SB628: Notaries; qualifications, misdemeanor offense of moral turpitude.
  • SB629: State Corporation Commission; disclosures of information provided by financial institutions.
  • SB630: Virginia Freedom of Information Act; civil penalty.
  • SB705: Va. Condominium & Property Owners' Association Act; contents of disclosure packets.
  • SB706: Common interest communities; reserves for capital components, budget.
  • SB707: Virginia Property Owners' Association Act; home-based businesses.
  • SB722: Condominium and Property Owners' Association Acts; access to association books and records.
  • SB737: Driving under influence of alcohol; license conditions for first offense.
  • SB765: Coal ash ponds; mandatory testing of drinking water wells in Chesapeake Bay watershed.
  • SB766: Citizen water quality monitoring; use as evidence in enforcement actions.
  • SB767: Coal ash ponds; flaws in closure plans, delay of permit.
  • SB768: Electric utilities; recovery of costs associated with closure in place of coal ash facilities.
  • SB769: Alcoholic beverage control; beer licenses.
  • SB770: Absentee voting; alternative locations for in-person absentee voting.
  • SB771: Absentee voting; counting military and overseas absentee ballots received after close of polls.
  • SB772: Claims; Danial J Williams, Joseph Jesse Dick, Jr., Eric Cameron Wilson, and Derek Elliot Tice.
  • SB785: Electronic textbooks; prohibits local school boards from requiring use in any course in grades 6-12.
  • SB786: Public schools; fee for enrollment of certain students.
  • SB787: Governor's Schools; enrollment.
  • SB789: Family life education; sexually explicit communications and images.
  • SB807: Coal combustion residuals and other units; permits, request for proposals.
  • SB808: Electric utilities; Transitional Rate Period, coal combustion residuals landfills.
  • SB938: Child support; withholding of income, contracts with an independent contractor.
  • SB951: Eastern Virginia; hydraulic fracturing prohibited.
  • SJ4: United States Constitution; ratifies Equal Rights Amendment.
  • SJ17: Commending the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee.
  • SJ28: Driving under influence of alcohol; VSCC to study decrease in convictions.
  • SJ58: Law clerks; study on use and impact on judicial workload and work product.
  • SJ72: Commending the Honorable Helen Leiner.
  • SJ103: Commending the Honorable Craig D. Johnston.
  • SJ147: Commending the Honorable James C. Cacheris.
  • SJ148: Commending Fort Hunt Little League.
  • SJ149: Commending Riverside Elementary School.
  • SJ150: Commending John F. Pattie Sr. Elementary School.
  • SJ240: Commending Embark Richmond Highway.
  • SJ243: Commending the Mount Vernon Voice.
  • SB255: Toll relief; Department of Transportation to study.
  • SB533: Sales and use tax; exemption for certain nonprofit entities.
  • SB741: Tax administration; awards for detection of tax underpayments.
  • SB752: Health insurance provider contracts; accepting enrollees as patients.
  • SB814: Foreign business entities; services of summons for witness or subpoena duces tecum.
  • SB815: Child support, unpaid; priority of debts to be paid from decedent's assets.
  • SB816: Grand larceny & certain property crimes; increases threshold amount of money taken, etc., to $1,000.
  • SB817: Restricted driver's license; purposes.
  • SB818: Potomac River Watershed; DEQ to identify owner of any combined sewer overflow outfall, etc.
  • SB860: Use of handheld personal communications devices while driving; penalty.
  • SB861: Preliminary protective orders; contents of order.
  • SB862: Driving after forfeiture of license.
  • SB863: Operating a motor vehicle; obstructed view; secondary offense.
  • SB906: Introduction of snakehead fish; penalty.
  • SB907: Higher educational institutions, public; certain positions require residency of the Commonwealth.
  • SB1102: FOIA; records of completed unattended death investigations, definition, mandatory disclosure.
  • SB1103: FOIA; closed meeting violations, civil penalty.
  • SB1104: Form of ballot; order of independent candidates, required paperwork.
  • SB1124: Adultery; civil penalty.
  • SB1125: Virginia Consumer Protection Act; open-end credit plans.
  • SB1126: Consumer finance companies; Internet loans, report.
  • SB1335: Electronic textbooks; prohibits local school boards from requiring use in any course in grades 6-12.
  • SB1336: Sales and use tax; school supplies and hurricane preparedness sales tax holidays.
  • SB1337: Claims; Davey Reedy.
  • SB1338: Bicycle lane; penalty for driver to pass another vehicle using lane.
  • SB1339: Careless driving; infliction of injury on vulnerable road user.
  • SB1340: Towing; regulations.
  • SB1341: Government records; digital certification.
  • SB1342: District courts; jurisdictional limit does not include any attorney fees.
  • SB1343: Guardian ad litem; reimbursement for cost.
  • SB1344: In camera interviews of child; court's discretion to conduct recording or transcript.
  • SB1345: Driver privilege cards; issuance of new cards by DMV.
  • SB1346: Associate-degree-granting institutions; transfer of credit information.
  • SB1383: Coal ash; treatment by utilities, recycling.
  • SB1398: Coal combustion residuals unit; closure permit, assessments required.
  • SB1399: Coal combustion by-product impoundments; closure requirements.
  • SB1405: Higher educational institutions, public; notice of proposed tuition increase.
  • SB1439: Firearms; transfers to a non-licensed dealer.
  • SB1498: Intoxicated drivers; punitive damages for persons injured.
  • SB1512: Charitable gaming; conduct of games, special permits.
  • SJ84: Public transportation services; DRPT to evaluate study necessary to identify, etc.
  • SJ221: United States Constitution; Ratifies Equal Rights Amendment.
  • SJ226: Constitutional amendment; registration of voters (first reference).
  • SJ227: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Governor's term of office.
  • SJ291: Study; Virginia State Crime Commission; decrease in driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
  • SJ292: Study; SCHEV; financial reserves; report.
  • SJ364: Commending Marine Corps Base Quantico.
  • SJ365: Commending the Honorable David S. Schell.
  • SJ366: Celebrating the life of Fannie Wilkinson Fitzgerald.
  • SJ370: Commending Bernard S. Cohen and Philip J. Hirschkop.
  • SJ374: Commending Alexandra Blaire Krieger.
  • SJ375: Commending the Honorable Jane Marum Roush.
  • SJ376: Celebrating the life of Michael Moore Skinner.
  • SJ377: Commending Occoquan Elementary School.
  • SJ442: Commending Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool.
  • SR130: Commending the Honorable Lon E. Farris.
  • SB164: Consumer finance loans; rate of interest.
  • SB165: Open-end credit agreements; sellers of certain goods to extend credit.
  • SB166: Motor vehicle title lenders; narrows exemption for consumer finance companies.
  • SB167: Consumer finance companies; annual reports.
  • SB170: Nonsuits; tolling of limitations, contractual limitation periods.
  • SB171: Insurance; jury award of attorney fees for bad faith.
  • SB172: Foreign entities; consent to jurisdiction & service of summons for witness or subpoena duces tecum.
  • SB173: Child custody or visitation; filing single petition.
  • SB174: Adultery; reduces penalty to a civil penalty.
  • SB177: Grand larceny; increases threshold amount of money taken, etc., to $1,000.
  • SB255: Toll relief; Department of Transportation to study.
  • SB256: High-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes; statute of limitations on penalties.
  • SB257: HOV and HOT lanes; penalties, increased fines for subsequent offenses.
  • SB258: Commonwealth Transportation Board; voting weighted by population.
  • SB259: Persons involuntarily admitted or ordered to outpatient treatment; purchase, etc., of ammunition.
  • SB260: Concealed handgun permit; disqualifications, residential mental health or substance abuse treatment.
  • SB261: Driving under influence; private property.
  • SB262: Conversion therapy prohibited.
  • SB263: Firearms; purchase by persons intending to commit act of terrorism, penalty.
  • SB318: Certificate of relief from collateral criminal consequences.
  • SB386: Evidence; objections to business records.
  • SB387: Regulation of towing.
  • SB388: Virginia Consumer Protection Act; failure to make required statement.
  • SB389: Local permitting or licensure; consent of common interest community association prohibited.
  • SB390: Temporary visitor's driver's licenses; DMV may issue.
  • SB391: Driver's license; driving after forfeiture, guilty of an offense.
  • SB392: Real property; judgment creditor may record an instrument, upon payment of fee for recordation, etc.
  • SB393: Preliminary protective orders; contents of order.
  • SB492: FOIA; limitation on exemption for certain criminal investigative files.
  • SB493: FOIA; closed meeting not authorized for discussion of pay increases.
  • SB494: Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exclusions, rule of redaction, etc.
  • SB531: Digital document authentication standards; Secretary of the Commonwealth to establish.
  • SB532: Paper and plastic bags; authorizes localities in Planning District 8 by ordinance to impose a tax.
  • SB533: Sales and use tax; exemption for certain nonprofit entities.
  • SB534: Criminal history record information; unauthorized dissemination, civil actions.
  • SB537: Coal combustion by-product impoundments; closure requirements.
  • SB538: Students with limited English proficiency; alternative to the eleventh grade Standards of Learning.
  • SB539: Conflict of Interests Act, State and Local Government; requirement to file semiannual disclosure.
  • SB572: Improper driving; jury may find accused not guilty.
  • SB649: Claims; Davey Reedy.
  • SB663: Careless driving; cause of injury to vulnerable road user.
  • SB664: Ballots; order of names of candidates for school boards.
  • SB739: Drug products; products compounded by nonresident outsourcing facilities.
  • SB740: Electronic textbooks; use by students.
  • SB741: Tax administration; awards for detection of tax underpayments.
  • SB752: Health insurance provider contracts; accepting enrollees as patients.
  • SJ1: United States Constitution; ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • SJ84: Public transportation services; DRPT to evaluate study necessary to identify, etc.
  • SJ141: Commending Charles Haley.
  • SJ167: Commending the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue.
  • SJ190: Commending the Friends of Dyke Marsh.
  • SJ191: Commending Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church.
  • SJ192: Commending Swans Creek Elementary School.
  • SJ197: Commending Anne Andrews.
  • SJ205: Commending Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.
  • SR89: Commending the Honorable Teena D. Grodner.
  • SR90: Commending the Honorable Thomas E. Gallahue.
  • SR91: Commending the Honorable Ian M. OFlaherty.
  • HB1289: Same-sex marriages; civil unions.
  • HB1684: Standards of Learning assessments; waivers.
  • HB2010: Public elementary and secondary schools; uniform statewide grading scale.
  • HB2011: Motor vehicle title lenders; location of offices.
  • HB2012: Starter interrupt devices; prohibits requiring installation on certain motor vehicles.
  • HB2013: State Corporation Commission; disclosure of records related to administrative activities.
  • HB2014: Adultery; reduces penalty from a Class 4 misdemeanor to a civil penalty.
  • HB2015: Creditor process; bankruptcy proceeding exemptions.
  • HB2016: Personal injury or wrongful death action; qualification of fiduciary.
  • HB2017: Aircraft, certain; local regulation.
  • HB2232: Persons involuntarily admitted or ordered to outpatient treatment; purchase, etc., ammunition.
  • HB2337: Family life education; sexually explicit communications and images.
  • HB2339: Electronic textbooks; access by students in their residence.
  • HB2375: Employers; reasonable accommodation for employees with disability.
  • HJ493: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage.
  • HJ494: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); registration of voters.
  • HJ495: United States Constitution; Equal Rights Amendment.
  • HJ496: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Governor's term of office.
  • HJ581: Highways; JLARC to study alternative taxes and fees for funding in the Commonwealth.
  • HJ582: Electronic government records; joint subcommittee to study feasibility of authenticating records.
  • HJ583: Local government charter, model; joint subcommittee established to study creation of charter.
  • HJ625: Education resources; DOE, et al; to study allocations.
  • HJ675: Commending the Honorable Dennis J. Smith.
  • HJ676: Commending the Honorable Charles J. Maxfield.
  • HJ677: Celebrating the life of the Honorable R. Terrence Ney.
  • HJ678: Celebrating the life of Jean Williams Auldridge.
  • HJ710: Celebrating the life of Warren Ira Cikins.
  • HJ787: Celebrating the life of the Honorable Herbert E. Harris II.
  • HJ867: Commending the Honorable Donald P. McDonough.
  • HJ868: Commending the Fairfax Young Democrats.
  • HJ869: Commending Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School.
  • HJ872: Commending Gerald W. Hyland.
  • HR303: Commending Hollin Meadows Elementary School.
  • HR307: Celebrating the life of Lieutenant Colonel John Albert Bornmann, Jr., USA (Ret.).
  • HB4: Hybrid electric motor vehicles; repeals annual license tax, refunds.
  • HB244: Grand larceny; threshold.
  • HB245: Conflict of Interests Act, State and Local Government; prohibited contracts between Governor.
  • HB246: Governor and Attorney General; parties to litigation with state, prohibited conduct, penalties.
  • HB247: Governor's Development Opportunity Fund; political contributions and gifts, prohibited conduct.
  • HB248: Special counsel; cap on compensation paid to those appointed to handle certain legal matters.
  • HB249: Judgment proceeding; setting aside judgment confessed.
  • HB250: Child custody or visitation; petition.
  • HB251: Real Estate Board; death or disability of a broker.
  • HB252: Public assets; misuse, penalty.
  • HB327: Law-Enforcement Officers Procedural Guarantee Act; definition of law-enforcement officer.
  • HB378: Improper driving; jury hearing case.
  • HB379: Commonwealth Transportation Board; changes composition of membership.
  • HB380: Virginia Freedom of Information Act; disclosure pursuant to court order or subpoena.
  • HB934: Security freezes; protected consumers, penalties.
  • HB936: Electronic textbooks; accessibility by students at school and in their residence.
  • HB937: Virginia Freedom of Information Act; application to the State Corporation Commission, exemptions.
  • HB938: Jurors; persons liable to serve.
  • HB939: Same-sex marriages; civil unions.
  • HB940: Adultery; reduces civil penalty.
  • HB941: Operating a vehicle or vessel containing a false compartment; penalty.
  • HB942: Death sentences; removes electrocution as manner of execution for prisoners, lethal injection.
  • HB943: Ignition interlock system; time for installation.
  • HB944: Ignition interlock systems; DUI drugs.
  • HB945: Driving under influence of alcohol; first offenders, license conditions.
  • HB964: Firearms; purchase by persons intending to commit act of terrorism, penalty.
  • HB979: Businesses, certain; local limitations on number.
  • HB980: Absentee voting; publication of street address for return of absentee ballots.
  • HB982: Police and court records; expungement of records, waiver of hearing.
  • HB984: Appeal from bail, bond, or recognizance order; compliance with appellate court.
  • HB1061: Electric utility regulation; renewable energy portfolio standard program.
  • HB1158: Distributed electric generation; establishment of community solar gardens.
  • HB1198: School buildings; National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Register.
  • HB1248: 911 emergency service calls; recordings shall be deemed authentic if with certain information.
  • HB1260: Sexually explicit images; electronic transmission by minors, penalty.
  • HJ11: Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference).
  • HJ12: United States Constitution; General Assembly to ratify and affirm Equal Rights Amendment.
  • HJ178: Celebrating the life of Lieutenant Colonel Gerald L. Read, USA (Ret.).
  • HJ179: Commending the Honorable Jonathan Cooper Thacher.
  • HJ181: Celebrating the life of Clifford Scott Hardison.
  • HJ189: Commending Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc.
  • HJ325: Commending Hybla Valley Elementary School.
  • HJ431: Commending West Potomac High School.
  • HJ436: Celebrating the life of Paul Russell.
  • HJ439: Commending Mount Vernon High School.
  • HJ440: Commending Bucknell Elementary School.
  • HB660: Solar photovoltaic power production projects; VDOT to lease space within highway rights-of-way.
  • HB679: Criminal history information; prohibits sale of person's conviction when record is expunged.
  • HB1908: Commonwealth Transportation Board; changes composition.
  • HB1909: Driving under influence of alcohol; defendant's blood or breath tested, exemplary damages.
  • HB1910: Voter registration; change of address.
  • HB1911: Judicial Council; directed to report on law clerks used by appellate and circuit courts.
  • HB1912: Child custody or visitation; issues may be included in single petition in JDRDC.
  • HB1913: Mechanics' liens; licensed contractors.
  • HB1914: Criminal history record information; unauthorized sale, publication, etc.
  • HB1915: Electronic textbooks; prohibits school board from making available for use by students in residence.
  • HB1916: Income tax, state and corporate; tax credit for solar thermal systems.
  • HB1917: Electric utilities; renewable thermal energy.
  • HB1973: Real Estate Board; death or disability of a broker.
  • HB2011: Urban county executive form of government; abandoned personal property.
  • HB2321: Virginia Freedom of Information Act; State Corporation Commission subject to Act.
  • HB2322: Community Colleges, State Board for; Board shall develop mental health referral policies, etc.
  • HB2323: Motor vehicles; locality may reasonably limit number of title loan businesses, payday lenders, etc.
  • HJ665: Constitutional amendment; repealing amendment dealing with marriage (first reference).
  • HJ666: State renewable energy utility; joint subcommittee to study feasibility of establishing.
  • HJ667: United States Constitution; General Assembly hereby ratifies and affirms Equal Rights Amendment.
  • HJ668: Constitutional amendment; registration of voters (first reference).
  • HJ792: Commending Stratford Landing Elementary School.
  • HJ873: Commending the Honorable Stewart P. Davis.
  • HJ874: Commending the Honorable Leslie M. Alden.
  • HJ875: Commending the Honorable Marcus D. Williams.
  • HJ876: Commending the Alice Ferguson Foundation.
  • HJ877: Commending Gum Springs.
  • HJ878: Commending Bethlehem Baptist Church.
  • HJ950: Commending Washington Mill Elementary School.
  • HR153: Commending Hollin Hall Senior Center.
  • HB659: Transportation Board; increases number of members.
  • HB660: Solar photovoltaic power production projects; VDOT to lease space within highway rights-of-way.
  • HB661: Workers' compensation benefits; refusal of employment by disabled employee.
  • HB662: Community Colleges, State Board for; development of mental health services.
  • HB663: Child care subsidies; time limits.
  • HB664: Tax credits, state; publication of names on Department of Taxation's website.
  • HB665: Lobbying and finance disclosure; disclosure of gifts and contributions.
  • HB666: General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; disclosure requirements.
  • HB667: Political contributions; prohibitions during procurement process.
  • HB668: Condominium and Property Owners' Association Acts; posting of documents on association website.
  • HB669: Absentee voting; persons age 65 and older on day of election may vote absentee.
  • HB670: Voter registration; copy of change of address made at DMV shall be forwarded to Board of Elections.
  • HB671: Tax administration; awards for detection of tax underpayments.
  • HB672: Community Solar Gardens; created.
  • HB673: Protective orders; Allows general distict court to transfer case to appropriate court.
  • HB674: Protective orders; minor may petition on his own behalf without consent of parent or guardian.
  • HB675: Grand larceny; increases threshold amount from $200 to $500.
  • HB676: Child support; interest on arrearage.
  • HB677: Power of attorney; termination.
  • HB678: Virginia Consumer Protection Act; local towing ordinances.
  • HB679: Criminal history information; prohibits sale of person's conviction when record is expunged.
  • HB680: Driving under influence of alcohol; award of exemplary damages.
  • HB681: Interest on appeal; computed from date of filing notice of to date appellate court issues mandate.
  • HB682: Child custody or visitation; issues may be included in single petition in JDRC; etc.
  • HB683: Courthouses and courtrooms; assessment for security.
  • HJ114: State renewable energy utility; joint subcommittee to study feasibility of establishing.
  • HJ115: United States Constitution; General Assembly of Va. to ratify and affirm Equal Rights Amendment.
  • HJ211: Commending Major Justin Constantine, United States Marine Corps Reserves.
  • HJ212: Commending Luigi and Anna Maria Tonizzo.
  • HJ214: Celebrating the life of Gilbert S. McCutcheon.
  • HJ229: Defined contribution pension; Va. Congressional Delegation urged to oppose for U.S. Armed Forces.
  • HJ303: Commending Elizabeth Klein.
  • HJ325: Commending Belle View Elementary School.
  • HJ326: Commending Ambassador William Green Miller (Ret.).
  • HJ336: Commending Cynthia N. Hull.
  • HJ397: Commending Eugene J. Coleman III.
  • HJ448: Commending Fort Belvoir.
  • HR4: House of Delegates; recording of standing committee and subcommittee meetings.
  • HR69: Commending Carolyn Gamble.
  • HR505: Commending Heritage Presbyterian Church.
  • HR506: Commending the Mount Vernon Athletic Club.
  • HR511: Celebrating the life of Adelaide Arthur.
  • HB822: Child support, etc.; single petition may be filed in juvenile & domestic relations district court.
  • HB1469: Reckless driving; failing to stop at a school bus.
  • HB1801: Transportation Board; changes composition.
  • HB1802: Personal property tax; classification of certain fuel-efficient motor vehicles.
  • HB1803: Contractors, Board for; provides for certification of home energy auditors.
  • HB1804: House of Delegates; digital recordings of meetings of standing committees and subcommittees.
  • HB1805: Tax administration; awards for detection of tax underpayments.
  • HB1806: Award of credit; Board of Education to provide an elective credit for applied music study of piano.
  • HB1807: Child custody, etc.; single petition may be filed in juvenile & domestic relations district court.
  • HB1808: Arrearages; payments collected by DSS shall be applied first to interest associated with arrearage.
  • HB1809: Attorneys for State and their assistants; duties.
  • HB1810: Grand larceny; increases threshold amount of money or value of goods.
  • HB1811: Child care services; DSS to identify strategies to increase reimbursement rates.
  • HB2459: Absentee voting; persons age 65 and older will be entitled.
  • HB2460: Political contributions; prohibition during procurement process, penalty.
  • HJ603: U.S. Route 1 Corridor; joint subcommittee to study creation of Corridor.
  • HJ604: Constitutional amendment; repeal of state law or regulation by localities (first reference).
  • HJ905: Commending the Sherwood Regional Library.
  • HJ914: Commending Jeff Todd.
  • HJ957: Commending Walt Whitman Middle School on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
  • HB818: Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB); composition.
  • HB819: Business entities; when referring to service of process includes any subpoena, summons, etc.
  • HB820: Cigarette tax; penalties for unstamped cigarettes.
  • HB821: Child custody; record of in camera interview.
  • HB822: Child support, etc.; single petition may be filed in juvenile & domestic relations district court.
  • HB823: District court; expungement of police and court records.
  • HB824: Melendez-Diaz notice; 6th Amendment rights to be given to an accused who is proceeding pro se.
  • HB825: Civil or criminal actions; allows circuit court clerks to establish electronic filing.
  • HB826: Electronic summons system; locality to assess an additional sum in district or circuit court.
  • HB827: Electronic recording of court proceedings; circuit & district court clerks have system in courtroom.
  • HB828: Larceny; increases threshold amount of goods that determines petit larceny to grand larceny.
  • HB829: Expert witnesses; extends application of two evidentiary statutes applicable in certain cases.
  • HB830: Food and beverage tax; adds Fairfax County to those that may impose.
  • HB831: Public Procurement Act; foreign & domestic businesses authorized to transact business in State.
  • HB832: Absentee voting; requires election results for central absentee voter precinct to indicate precinct.
  • HB833: Asbestos, Lead, Mold, and Home Inspectors, Board for; regulation of home energy auditors.
  • HB1262: Absentee voting procedures; deletes certain requirements.
  • HJ119: Route 1 Corridor; joint subcommittee to study creation thereof.
  • HJ430: Commending Ventures Outreach, New Hope Housing and the Rising Hope United Methodist Mission church.
  • HJ431: Commending West Potomac High School on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.
  • HJ432: Commending the agencies, companies, organizations, and people who assisted Virginians in the afterma