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
Commerce and Labor, Judiciary, Privileges and Elections, Rehabilitation and Social Services, Transportation
Age
48
Website
scottsurovell.org
Twitter
@ssurovell
Copatroning Habits
66% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 85% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 55% of them are Democrats.
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Bills Passed
30.6% in 2019
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COVID-19 Update Thread

March 31, 2020
As you probably know, our region has confirmed multiple cases of COVID-19, the new coronavirus. The Virginia Department of Health has created a webpage dedicated solely to virus updates where you will find content that is updated daily. The CDC also has a dedicated website. Virginia Department Of Health Center For Disease Control If you are a healthcare professional evaluating a patient for suspected COVID-19, please contact your local health department immediately. As always, please reach out to my office at 571-249-4484 or district36@senate.virginia.gov if you have questions or ideas about things we can do to serve the community better. I will continue to add updates below.***UPDATE WEDNESDAY, 4/1/20 6:00 P.M.*** 911,000 cases in the world 200,000+ confirmed in the U.S.A. We are the COVID-19 center of the world where the growth is occurring NY has 83,000 VA today reported 1,484 cases, 234 new cases today, 19% increase 7 new deaths for a total of 34 1 in Arlington, 3 in Fairfax, 1 in Mt. Rodgers District, 1 in PWC and 1 in Va. Beach We're focused on social distancing and the levers we have Today, the Governor and staff addressed the models we're looking at All show a peak in the first week of May The University of Washington Model is the most optimistic and the most sensitive to our day to day count We also look at the University of Pennsylvania/CHIMES model We also have the UVA/DITRA model using UVA data We also look at FEMA modeling Models tell us: They all say we need to increase our ventilators by a significant factor We're also working our health systems to surge our capacity We are communicating to FEMA regularly All of that is a function of PPE and PPE is now the #1 issue on a Virginia and National level We've distributed what we have from the National Stockpile CDC says it should be prioritized for people who are treating COVID-19 patients where they are intubated or they are doing invasive procedures that creates airborne COVID-19 risk - primarily in ICU's It's a moving target based on supplies and burn rates We do not have enough We have done over 15,000 COVID-19 tests the growth in testing are in the commercial laboratories The rise at UVA/VCU/Health Systems to focus on hospitalized patients The capacity that's been used by public health lab is directed by the priorities of the health districts and the VDH  Most of it is post-acute They are also focused on nursing homes and symptomatic health workers, first responders, and patients in hospitals without a lab What is on the horizon? Turn around time is getting gradually better The other thing we're looking for is that for commercial testing kids from shipped by Abbott Labs 50,000 went out today, but we need 500,000 per day and not 50,000 per day nationally We don't have the same testing availabilty in the USA that they have in Europe and Asia Budget/Finance Update Can the Commonwealth ask the feds to fill a budget gap and push our filing deadlines? No.  The U.S. Treasury has made clear that's not an allowable use Even if we were to borrow from a bank, it would not change the legal implications - automatic cuts to the budget if we changed our payment deadline The Virginia State Society of CPA's now understand and will advocate our position but will be asking use to abate interest, but the General Assembly will need to approve that Also important to note that there is a difference between the filing date and the payment date The *filing* date without penalties with an extension is November 1  However, if you have any obligation, the *payment* date used to be 5/1, now it's 6/1 We will assess no penalties if you pay by 6/1 Localities are also pushing us not to delay sales tax remittance revenues as well Elections Update The Department of Elections/Registrars is urging everyone voting in May to vote by Absentee Everyone can use reason 2A - disability/illness Virginia is also aware of the June Primary You can also use the 2A reason for that election Candidate/voting deadlines are all in the Code and cannot be modified by the Governor Economic Update The Commonwealth has been in conversation with private banks, community banks, credit unions to consider default programs - most are offering the same or similar deferral terms Typically 3 months where you pay it back over 12 months waiving late fees We are still waiting for guidance from the SBA for the paycheck protection loans Banks and credit unions that participate in the 7A program can make those loans The Economic Injury Disaster Program is still ongoing There are some new terms under that the stimulus act businesses who need an emergency bridge loan can get a $10K advance within 3 days It should come within 3 days of a completed application There's a bridge loan program - the SBA Express Bridge Loan Small businesses can get those from 7A lenders Up to $25,000 Both are available for qualifying expenses - payroll, rent, mortgage, etc. Housing Virginia Housing Development Authority is offering for all loans they are backing for 3 months deferral with payments made back over 12 months with waived late fees Individuals needs to show hardship due to COVID-19 Unemployment The new stimulus act we have expanded benefits Our numbers will come out tomorrow at 830 AM We have increased availability to independent contractors and the increased weekly benefit checks are going out Highest benefit is $948 for 4 months We've seen more furloughs and government closures this week System is running low, but we've upgrade server capacity to move it along Does an employer have to notify other employees if a worker tests positive? We're looking into it We encourage it without revealing who it was due to the ADA If an employee is furloughed for two weeks is he eligible for unemployment? Yes If a work week is cut back - e.g. cut from 5 days to 3 days - can you claim? Yes, we pay a partial benefit Email for questions is workforce@governor.virginia.gov  Public Safety We've had positive tests among workers and inmates at a prison facility in Goochland HB264 - People are asking for online concealed weapon permit testing during emergencies The bill has delayed effectiveness so it's not an issue right now The Commonwealth is looking at possibly allowing curbside mixed drink sales News on that will be forthcoming Human Services/Benefits Everyone needs to understand there is a statewide shortage of PPE Hospitals are competing against other states There have been questions about elective surgeries It's meant to prevent procedures that can wait a couple of months It is based on CDC guidance Dentists and Primary Care Physicians - the most important thing to know is that clinicians have discretion about making decisions are necessary to prevent a bad patient outcome It's important to remember is the only way to get to the downside is to adhere to the Executive Orders Anyone who has financial circumstances that have changed should apply for SNAP benefits through www.commonhealth.virginia.gov  Options for children with significant disabilities supported by private day schools Governor's order to close K-12 applies to public/private Some private day schools provide medical care in addition to K-12 The Children Services Act provides funding for the states share of this The decision to provide services under the closure order is a LOCAL decision The Secretary has made it clear to localities and that we will continue to reimburse them if the local government is paying them In the last 48 hours, we're improving our data gathering and trying to get consistency in reporting from health systems We have 208 current hospitalizations, 145 are in an ICU bed, 108 on a ventilator - that's with 2000 ventilators Currently we are using 540 ventilators around the Commonwealth which is 25% of what we have (other non-COVID illnesses require ventilators) ***UPDATE WEDNESDAY, 4/1/20 1:30 P.M.*** Update from DMVUntil at least April 23, all Virginia DMV customer service centers will remain closed due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19. The validity of driver and vehicle credentials, including Commercial Driver Licenses and Medical Examiner Certificates, has been extended.Learn More Update for Economically-Impacted FamiliesThe Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy (CFFE) is hosting a tele-townhall meeting with Governor Northam THIS Thursday, April 2 at 10:00AM.  It will be moderated by Tara Gibson, Executive Director of the CFFE.  The Governor will share his vision for meeting the challenges ahead, and allow time for Virginians to share their personal experiences directly with him about how the pandemic is directly impacting their families and jobs across the Commonwealth. You can RSVP below:Tele-townhall with Governor Northam and Campaign For a Family Friendly EconomyThursday, April 2, 10:00 A.M. RSVP FOR TELE-TOWN HALL Update for Homeowners Recent federal legislation included a 120-day eviction moratorium on certain properties. More information is linked below. Information from National Housing Law ProjectUpdate for Mt. Vernon Residents THIS SATURDAY, April 4, join Supervisor Dan Storck, School Board Member and Chair Karen Corbett Sanders, School Superintendent Scott Brabrand and County Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu at 10 a.m. for a virtual Town Meeting on Coronavirus (COVID-19). The meeting will include the latest updates from the Mount Vernon District, FCPS and the Health Department, and viewers will have the opportunity to get their questions answered. The program will air live on Facebook, Channel 16, Cox Channel 16, Verizon/Comcast Channel 16 and FCPS Channel 21. RSVP and Tune In To Mt. Vernon Fairfax County and FCPS Town Hall YOU can ask questions in a variety of ways. In advance of Saturday, send email questions to MtVernon@fairfaxcounty.gov. During the program, you can email, post questions to our Facebook Live Feed, Tweet us @DanStorck or call the call-in line at 703-324-1114. ***UPDATE TUESDAY, 3/31/20 12:00 P.M.***USDA Commodity Food ProgramVDACS has received a USDA waiver to allow for seniors over 60 participating in the USDA Commodity Food Program to receive their monthly food and to minimize physical contact during the COVID-19 outbreak. Participants are no longer required to sign for the food they receive. Additionally, participants are able to receive 2 boxes every other month rather than one box monthly. This will minimize the number of distributions without limiting the amount of food.For seniors who may have limited access to internet-based information, they can call 211 to talk with an operator who can share nutrition and food assistance information based on their address or visit 211virginia.org.Food InsecurityIndividuals in the Commonwealth who are experiencing food insecurity are encouraged to visit https://vafoodbanks.org/ to locate a food bank nearest to them.Domestic Violence HotlineA reminder that the Department of Social Services is maintaining its Domestic Violence Hotline. Victims of domestic violence are encouraged to report their case to the hotline: 1-800-838-8238U.S. Census BureauThe U.S. Census Bureau has suspended its 2020 Census field operations for an additional two weeks to April 15, 2020. Further information on the 2020 Census and a link to fill yours out can be found here:Information from U.S. Census ***UPDATE MONDAY, 3/30/20 5:40 P.M.*** The following is my update from today's conference call with the Governor's staff: We have 1,020 confirmed Virginia cases 25 Deaths 136 hospitalizations  104 hospitalized patients have been discharged 547 ICU beds in Virginia are currently in use of 2083 - most are non-COVID patients They haven't perceived a ton of non-compliance problems - a couple restaurants, but the beaches were the big problem The Federal Major Declaration request was signed and has been submitted. The Governor issued a new Executive Order today Nothing the new order affects anything other than recreation and entertainment businesses There's been some questions about lawn and garden businesses - Florists are non-essential, but it selling dirt, mulch, materials, then you are essential Governor at this time is not requiring people to carry documentation that they are travelling to an essential employment type job The stay at home order says you can continue to travel into work to the extent you cannot telecommute The Governor has not closed down short term stays at hotels or AirBnB's yet, but they have limited temporary stays at campgrounds They are working on VHDA to require modifications on some of their loans - they are also requiring property owners to pass along their benefits to tenants as well Are working on help for other home owners - the Act passed by Congress last week will allow some new programs for eviction abatement They are working on funding with FEMA for homeless people who cannot maintain social distancing in their existing housing They are also working on updated guidance for people who use housing vouchers Testing capacity is improving every week Lack of access to testing resources is the biggest problem DMAS will also allow Medicaid reimbursement for telehealth happening at home and allowing for telephone only consultations They are working on food insecurity issues - SNAP benefits are still available, but also due to a new federal law, they can also administer the maximum SNAP benefit to families based on household size.  This is in effect for the next 2 months. Text Food to 877877 - to find a drop off site for food for children Guidance for maternal health Still trying to figure out how it affects different populations Expectant mothers are deemed higher risk because we don't know if the virus can be passed to infants yet The Governor's Order was extended to June 10 because that was consistent with the prior order - Executive Order No. 53 It could be lifted between now and then if the curve flattens ***UPDATE MONDAY, 3/30/20 2:30 P.M.*** Updated Social Distancing Order Here's the text of Governor Northam's Order: Executive Order No. 55 - Full Text Governor Northam ordered all Virginia residents to stay at home unless they need to leave for the following necessary purposes: a. Obtaining food, beverages, goods, or services as permitted in Executive Order 53; b. Seeking medical attention, essential social services, governmental services, assistance from law enforcement, or emergency services; c. Taking care of other individuals, animals, or visiting the home of a family member; d. Traveling required by court order or to facilitate child custody, visitation, or child care; e. Engaging in outdoor activity, including exercise, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements; f. Traveling to and from one’s residence, place of worship, or work; g. Traveling to and from an educational institution; h. Volunteering with organizations that provide charitable or social services; i. Leaving one’s residence due to a reasonable fear for health or safety, at the direction of law enforcement, or at the direction of another government agency. Update for Small Businesses The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released the short fact sheet below to help small businesses apply for loans established by the recent federal legislation: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Loan Fact Sheet ***UPDATE SUNDAY, 3/29/20 11:30 A.M.*** Update for ParentsThe Virginia Public Access Project published civics education material on their website below. VPAP is also regularly updating data about the COVID-19 crisis.VPAP Civics Whiz VPAP COVID-19 Coverage WMATA Town Hall Today Join us on Sunday, March 29 at noon for our first Virtual Town Hall regarding COVID-19 and Metro's response to the pandemic. The questions employees submitted will be addressed live by General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld, Chief Operating Officer Joe Leader, Chief Safety Officer Theresa Impastato, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Amy Espy-Smith, and ATU Local 689 President Raymond Jackson.Event Details What: Virtual Town Hall When: Sunday, March 29 at 12 p.m. Where: Metro Forward Facebook If you are using a mobile device, enter "Metro Forward" in the search bar on your Facebook homepage to view our profile.***UPDATE FRIDAY, 3/27/20 6:00 P.M.*** Today, we had our regular conference call with the Governor's team regarding the status of the COVID-19 outbreak. Testing results are lagging actual tests largely by 4-6 days.       The Supreme Court has extended the Judicial Emergency previously declared to April 20, 2020.   I missed the first 15 minutes of the call and will try to get and update on what I missed. All Virginians have an extension for filing taxes until November 1, but you still need to pay estimated monies owed by June 1, 2020 in order to abate interest.  We cannot extend the payment until July 1 because it is a different fiscal year and would have significant legal implications. The federal funds coming are not going to be taxable under Virginia law because they will be treated as federal refunds.  This will cause a negative fiscal impact to the Virginia budget in the future. The Administration is working on guidance for graduating seniors to ensure this interruption will not interfere with timely graduation. We're likely to receive over $60M of relief for our schools from the federal relief They are looking into whether additional flexibility might be needed for homeschooled kids About half of childcare centers have temporarily closed voluntarily.  The Commonwealth is working on guidance on funding emergency childcare for essential workers.  The number for emergency childcare information is 866.KIDS.LC Every public college/private college has moved to online learning.   There are monies for higher education in the Federal Stimulus bill.   The Governor will also be receiving $3 billion that the state will have to allocate to higher education institutions.   All of the universities are working on their refund policies. Masks in public should be ok because the intent to conceal identity is required.  The next order might lift the prohibition on wearing masks in public Administration is working with localities to encourage release from local jails. Parole Board and Corrections are reviewing their authority to release inmates who might be susceptible to COVID infections and they are considering whether to act. ABC Sales are way up.  ABC stores will stay open as long as its safe for employees and the public. There will be authority in the federal Stimulus bill for unemployment assistance for independent contractors.  The Commonwealth is waiting for guidance on how to implement.  They hope to have authority on Monday. The Commonwealth is bolstering its website and staffing to help handle the volume.  They are encouraging everyone to apply through the Commonwealth's website instead of going in person. The VEC will update their FAQ on their website on Monday after their get better guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor.  Update for Small Businesses The state has introduced several measures to combat the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including the release of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Rapid Response funding to support Northern Virginia employers to remain open during this emergency. These funds are intended to assist local employers to avert layoffs and support other operational needs.  These strategies and activities are designed to prevent, or minimize the duration of, unemployment resulting from layoffs due to the COVID-19 crisis. How it Works: A business with employees located in Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park) that has 250 or fewer employees is eligible. Fill out the COVID-19 Rapid Response funding application and budget spreadsheet. Submit your completed application to Seema Jain, VP of Operations, at seema.jain@vcwnorthern.com. Application requests shall not exceed $25,000. Smaller requests are encouraged. Decisions for funding approval for applications will be made within two (2) business days of submission. Approved employers are required to enter into an agreement with the SkillSource Group, Inc. that will outline the project deliverables and outcomes. For all grant contracts, SkillSource will reimburse the company for expenses, up to the approved contract amount. Examples of Acceptable Use of Funding: Layoff aversion funds could be used for innovative strategies to maintain business operations, such as: a cleaning/sanitization service. the purchase of software/programs that employees would need to use from home to support their work. the purchase of remote access supplies, including laptop computers and/or smart phones, which the employees would need to use from home to support their work. other innovative methods that keep businesses open and workers employed Funding cannot be used for employee payroll and fringe benefit expenses. Update on Federal Legislation From Virginia Chamber and Congressman Don Beyer Small businesses $349B for the “Paycheck Protection Program” to directly assist small businesses, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors. Businesses can receive a loan equal to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll (up to $10M). Applies to businesses with fewer than 500 employees at one worksite (or applicable Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards). Employers that maintain payroll will have the portion of the loan used for payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities forgiven. Loans are potentially 100% forgivable grants. Even forgiven loans will not be taxable. Loans can be used on rent, expenses and payroll for employees up to $100k annual salary. Retroactive to February 15 and extends to June 30, 2020. 501(c)3 organizations, churches, and other non-profits are eligible for assistance through this program; however, 501(c)6 organizations (chambers of commerce) are not. $17B for the SBA to pay principal, interest, and fees on all existing SBA loan products (7(a), Community Advantage, 504, and Microloan programs) for six months.  10-year amortization period. 5-year lookback to recover taxes based on losses this year. In other words, you can get money back from your 2016 taxes due based on losses this year. The loans are federally guaranteed - no need for collateral.  Loans will be distributed by your regular bank. Any bank or credit union can quickly sign up to be part of the 7A program. This means the SBA should not hold anything up with unnecessary paperwork. Businesses over 500 employees per worksite $500B to Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund for emergency relief. $454B for loans and loan guarantees in support of facilities established by the Fed under 13(3) authority to provide liquidity to businesses, states, and municipalities. $17B set aside in loans and loan guarantees for businesses important to “maintaining national security.” The duration of loans and loan guarantees cannot exceed five years. Labor Provisions Increases the maximum unemployment benefit by $600/week (in addition to what states pay) through July 2020. Includes individuals who are part-time and independent contractors (“gig workers”). Extends UI by 13 weeks beyond what states typically allow. Tax Provisions Employers (regardless of size) that continue paying employees who are furloughed may be eligible for a 50% refundable payroll tax credit on up to $10,000 of wages paid to those employees, known as the “employee retention tax credit". Businesses that file for the employee retention tax credit are not eligible to receive SBA loan assistance via the “Paycheck Protection Program.” Employers can delay the payment of their 2020 payroll taxes until 2021 and 2022. Health Care Provisions +$140B for the national health care system. $100B for a new grant fund for hospitals, public entities, and nonprofit entities to cover unreimbursed health care related expenses or lost revenues from the COVID-19 outbreak. Cancelling elective surgeries dries up the revenue stream for hospitals. $16B for the Strategic National Stockpile to procure medical supplies for federal and state response efforts. $11B for R&D of vaccines and diagnostics to address COVID-19. $4.3B for the Centers for Disease Control. $185M for rural health programs (hospitals and telehealth programs). Individual Provisions Establishes a one-time tax rebate check of $1,200 per individual(s) with an adjusted gross income of ≤$75,000 for single filers and ≤$150,000 for joint filers, with an additional $500 per child. Rebate checks would phase down for individuals above those salary thresholds and would phase out for single filers earning above $99,000 and joint filers with no children earning above $198,000. Waives the 10% penalty for early distributions from 401(k)s and IRAs made at any time during 2020. Government Provisions $150B for state and local governments, with an $8B set aside for large locality local governments - Fairfax County is the only locality in Virginia which will receive money from this fund. Each state would receive a minimum of $1.25B - DC is only getting $500M The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship also produced a thorough guide for small businesses. The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act  ***UPDATE THURSDAY, 3/26/20 6:30 P.M.*** Update on GW ParkwayOutdoor areas of the George Washington Memorial Parkway including Great Falls Park, Theodore Roosevelt Island and Fort Hunt Park are open including trails, picnic areas, overlooks and green-spaces.  In effort to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and encourage social distancing, the George Washington Memorial Parkway is limiting access to the following parking areas; Great Falls Park, Theodore Roosevelt Island, and Belle Haven Park on Saturdays and Sundays. Parking lots at Theodore Roosevelt Island, and Belle Haven Park are temporarily closed on Saturdays and Sunday.  The parking lot at Great Falls Park is restricted to only 2/3 capacity on Saturdays and Sundays.  All restrooms and porta-johns in the park are temporarily closed.Park staff continue to monitor conditions and may make operational changes. The NPS is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are following the most current guidance from the CDC, OPM, OEM, and other federal, state, and local health authorities.Park Rangers remind you to: Observe CDC’s guidance of maintaining a distance of six feet from people if you choose to visit a park, go for a hike, or exercise outside. Be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms —park users will find that all public restrooms are closed. Do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and wash your hands frequently. Bring water or drinks—public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable. Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers. Carry hand sanitizer.  Signs will be posted at affected locations. Park visitors are asked to adhere to all closure notices and current social distancing recommendations.Hiking trails are open at Great Falls Park but following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health officials, Great Falls Park Visitor Center is temporarily closed, and fee operations have been suspended. Clara Barton NHS is also temporarily closed.Information for Small BusinessesThe National Federation of Independent Businesses prepared information below about about preliminary understanding about the small business forgivable loans included in the stimulus bill coming through Congress. This information is new and still pending so things could change.Who is Eligible? Businesses of 500 employees or fewer, businesses within the SBA small business size threshold, self-employed individuals (sole-proprietors and independent contractors), and accommodation and food services businesses (NAICS Code 72) with 500 or fewer employees per location and less than $500 million in gross annual receipts in 2019, any business assigned a franchise operator code from , and any business that receives assistance under the Small Business Investment Act.  If you had employees, you had to have been in business on 2/15/2020 and paid taxes on your employees or paid independent contractors. All applications must certify the following: The uncertainty of current economic conditions makes necessary the loan request to support the ongoing operations of the eligible recipient. Acknowledging that funds will be used to retain workers and maintain payroll or make mortgage payments, lease payments, and utility payments.  What Can You Use the Loan On?  Payroll costs - Which include salary or wages, family and sick leave, allowance for dismissal or separation, health care benefits, retirement benefits, payment of state and local tax assessed on the compensation of an employee, the sum of payments to an independent contractor.  Salaries in excess of 100k are not covered, compensation of employees outside of the US are not covered, and sick or family leave where a payroll tax credit is already taken are not covered.  Payments on a mortgage obligation Rent Utilities Interest on any other debt obligations that were incurred before 2/15/2020.  The loan can only be used on these expenses incurred between 2/15/2020 and June 30, 2020 Where Do You Get the Loan? Loans would be available immediately through more than 800 existing SBA-certified lenders, including banks, credit unions and other financial institutions, and SBA would be required to streamline the process to bring additional lenders into the program. The Treasury Secretary would be authorized to expedite the addition of new lenders and make further enhancements to quickly expedite delivery of capital to small employers. Maximum Size of the Loan Multiply the average total monthly payments for payroll costs incurred during the one-year period before the date the loan was made by 2.5 or $10,000,000. The recipient shall receive the lesser of the two.  In the case of seasonal employers the average total employees shall be calculated for the period between 2/15/19 and 6/30/19. Payment DefermentsPayments on principal, interest, and fees will be deferred for at least six months and up to one year after the loan is issued.  Interest RatesShall not exceed 4% Loan Maturity10 years CollateralThere is no personal/individual guarantee on the loan. The SBA guarantees 100% of the loan. Prepayment PenaltyNone, all prepayment penalties are waived. Loan Forgiveness The following costs will be forgiven during the eight-week period starting the day the loan is issued and ending in eight weeks. Payroll costs (including everything listed above) Payments on interest of any mortgage obligation Rent Utilities  *Forgiveness amount may not exceed principal amount of the loan The amount forgiven will be reduced proportionally by any reduction in employees retained compared to the prior year and reduced by the reduction in pay of any employee beyond 25 percent of their prior year compensation. To encourage employers to rehire any employees who have already been laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis, borrowers that re-hire workers previously laid off will not be penalized for having a reduced payroll at the beginning of the period. GrantsAll those applying for a loan will be eligible for a $10,000 emergency grant to be issued within three days of the application being received. Applicants must certify under threat of perjury that they believe they are eligible for the loan.The emergency EIDL grant award of up to $10,000 would be subtracted from the amount forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program. Interaction With Previous SBA Loans The SBA Administrator has the authority to purchase loans made before the date of enactment of this act and cover payments for up to six months for the borrower.   If an applicant has an SBA loan taken out on or after 1/31/20 they have the option to refinance the loan in to a PPL loan. Congressman Beyer is also hosting a webinar about how the bill will affect business tomorrow:Business Webinar with Congressman Don Beyer Friday, March 27th  4:00pm-5:00pm   Join the webinar ***UPDATE THURSDAY, 3/26/20 10:30 A.M.*** Personal Protective Equipment in Virginia HospitalsDuring this difficult time, Virginia hospitals appreciate any and all assistance to help protect healthcare workers and prevent the further spread of the virus. If you or someone you know would like to donate to hospitals, please click below to find a link to our hospitals that are taking donations.Donate Supplies Hospitals currently have need for the following supplies: N95s (standard and surgical) Gowns (surgical, isolation) Masks Gloves (latex free) Face shield Hand sanitizer (>60% alcohol), all size containers Disinfectant supplies Nasopharyngeal swabs oropharyngeal swab (OP or NP) If you have needed PPE to sell, please fill out this form and it will be forwarded to supply chain leads at hospitals.Vendor Form Hospital CapacityYesterday, the Governor announced a new order prohibiting inpatient and outpatient surgical hospitals, free-standing endoscopy centers, physicians’ offices, and dental, orthodontic, and endodontic offices in the Commonwealth from providing procedures and non-emergency surgeries that require PPE. Currently, hospitals have the capacity to treat patients with COVID-19 as well as patients with other conditions. Additionally, our hospitals have plans to address emergencies that result in a surge of patients, and those plans have been updated to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.As a reminder, hospitals, blood donation centers, and the American Red Cross are urging healthy people to donate blood because social distancing has resulted in the cancellation of thousands of blood drives, leading to a serious blood shortage. Please consider donating blood if you are able.Information from Virginia Hospitals Information for Small BusinessesThe U.S. Small Business Administration declared Virginia an Economic Disaster Zone which makes our businesses eligible for loans. Applicants are encouraged to apply online at the link below. If you do not have access to a computer or smartphone, please call SBA at 1-800-659-2955 for assistance. Apply for Relief Online Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for assistance with applying for the Economic Injury Loan Disaster(EILD).Disaster Office Hours of Operation1-800-659-2955-Disaster Assistance (EILD)Monday-Friday8:00 am-8:00 pmWeekendsSaturday & Sunday9:00 am-5:00 pmSBA Virginia Richmond District Office 804-771-2400Email: richmond.va@sba.gov COVID-19 Small Business & Loan Resources ***UPDATE WEDNESDAY, 3/25/20 6:00 P.M.*** First, the Department of Health has prohibited all non-urgent elective medical procedures that cannot be performed without Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  That will last 30 days and be re-evaluated.  His order can be found here: Governor's Public Health Order Prohibiting Elective Procedures In other updates: As expected, 101 new cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday Testing: We are continuing to see challenges with testing, but we see increased capacity at UVA, VCU, and independent labs are continuing to take tests with a 4-6 day turnaround which works with patients who are not critical Testing Criteria We do adjust criteria based on factors in communication with the state laboratory which can turn around tests in 6-12 hours - testing capacity (increased capacity over the last 2 weeks), but focus is on rapid turnaround Request for labs go through local district director first The second wave is the increase in the medical centers and large health system standing up their own tests.  Once that happens criteria will be broadened.  We're also getting better supplies of viral transport media so people can be tested. We have not been able to expand to sentinel testing yet - asymptomatic people - we need high quantities of tests that we don't have yet.  Personal Protective Equipment We've received two alloquats from the National Stockpile that have been very small compared with demand and we're not optimistic that the National Stockpile will help meet demand. We requested 1.6 million items and got 15% of the request.  Our second allocation will come next week and will be woefully short - 6,020 masks and the need is in the millions.  We have received 50% of what they have.  New York is demanding that they should receive all of it. Virginia competing with other states for the same stuff.  FEMA is trying to coordinate it.  We're hopeful that the Commonwealth will be the supplied of last resorts and to coordinate federal supplies We are scouring the Commonwealth that can convert materials into PPE and looking for new sources in Virginia We are continuing to focus on containment and social distancing.  Unemployment Is heavily regulated by the Federal Government. About 83% of employers pay in to the unemployment trust.  We've been strong today.  Unemployment until now was 2.3-2.7% so the trust is well-funded. Employers pay in a basic tax and an experience tax based on layoffs. Currently, we've received expanded eligibility - businesses close, need to stay home with sick child or sick loved one if we have payroll data on them. If you are a 1099 independent contractors, gig workers, cab drivers, consultants, and religious faith based you do not get benefits because you do not pay into the trust We're encouraging anyone who has "lack of work" (check that box) to apply so we can be fully aware of the need People need to apply online and the Commonwealth is hiring people to staff call centers due to call volume in South Boston and Grundy and back office in Lynchburg and Covington where they are hiring We used to get 2,000 claims per day, but report is coming out tomorrow, but we have never seen claims like this It takes 1-2 weeks for deposits to start Largest amount today per worker is $378/week Possible Federal Stimulus Package - Not Passed by Congress Yet Currently looks like the largest benefit may go up to $600/week on top of the $378/week We are fixing our technology system to handle that We've heard we might be able to give 1099 or sole proprietors benefits, but it might be only the $600/week benefit and not the $378 If you layoff your employees, your prospective premiums will could go up, but we are still assessing how the new federal benefit packages will work If employers can get through this, the sticker shock of replenishing the trust fund will be dramatic and we're going to continuing talking to our Congressional delegation for federal support for that They are examining whether employers can pay health benefits, but cut off salaries while maintaining employee's eligibility for unemployment benefits Barbershops - if you have 1-2 chairs in your office you cannot continue to operate.  We're trying to keep people away from each other.  Professionals may go to individual homes and provides those services in customer's homes Pest Control Industry - They are not affected by the executive order.  They can continue to operate.  Dental Services - Routine dental services are not covered under the order, but many dentists have stopped routine procedures but provide emergency procedures.  Dental services are some of the high risk services to cause disease spread.  CDC has recommended to shut down so Commonwealth followed. Commerce Updates The Virginia Department of Commerce is spearheading Virginia-based development of PPE A number of businesses have stepped up - Micron, Home Depot, Dominion, McKesson There are many scammers out there trying to sell the Commonwealth PPE We're assessing businesses based on severe, moderate or minor impacts Restaurants and travel have major impacts We haven't seen impacts in manufacturing and construction yet, but it's probably coming - Volvo Truck in Dublin, VA has ceased Some businesses are doing better - Grocery, internet sales, delivery We expect all businesses to exercise care, social distancing, and santization Worker safety is paramount concern to everyone Stimulus Package Loan package is looking around $350 billion to small businesses.  Some percentages might be converted into grants upon keeping workers on payroll one year through the SBA. $500 billion corporate aide package for larger corporations.  Some will be administered through the Federal Reserve. There is $130-$150 billion for our healthcare systems. There's another $150 billion to state/local governments for Corona virus costs.  Each state gets a minimum of $1.5 billion, but states with larger impacts will participate more broadly.  Tax Returns We cannot move our filing date the same as the federal date due to our tax year.  It would result in a $2.5 billion change to our budget which would trigger all kinds of issues. ***UPDATE WEDNESDAY, 3/25/20 2:45 P.M.*** Virginia Medical Reserve CorpsDuring his press conference today, Governor Northam urged Virginians with medical experience to volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps. The Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a force of dedicated volunteers who stand ready to support the community in the event of a public health emergency. Each of the 27 local MRC units is comprised of teams of medical and public health professionals who, along with interested community members, volunteer their skills, expertise and time to support ongoing public health initiatives and assist during emergencies throughout Virginia.The success of our response to a large-scale public health event, such as a pandemic or bioterrorism attack, depends on how quickly and effectively we can mobilize MRC volunteers.MRC units throughout the state actively improve and protect their community’s public health by supporting: Health education and preventative health screenings. Efforts to provide medical services to at-risk populations. Communicable disease outbreak response. Volunteer emergency preparedness training and exercises. Local, state and national response to terrorism attacks and disasters; providing staffing support for medical services, emergency shelters, mental health outreach, dispensing sites for medications and vaccinations, disease investigations and environmental health efforts for food and human safety. To become a VA Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer, please submit an application in the Virginia Volunteer Health System. Apply to Join The Virginia Medical Corps Update on State Parks State parks will remain open for day use only. Campgrounds and bathhouses are closing on Friday.More Information from State Parks Relief for Businesses and Employees Secretary Layne shared top lines information about the federal COVID-19 stimulus package. A few items included are:  Direct payments of $1,200 to most individuals making up to $75,000, or $2,400 for couples making up to $150,000. The amount decreases for individuals with incomes above $75,000, and payments cut off for those above $99,000. Expanded unemployment benefits that boost the maximum benefit by $600 per week and provides laid-off workers their full pay for four months. This includes gig and part-time workers. $150 billion for state and local governments $367 billion in loans for small businesses that can be converted into grants if certain conditions are met In the coming days, we will receive more information about how this breaks down for Virginia.Senator Warner also gave a video update on the bill which I am posting below. Update from Metro On March 26, Metro will close 17 additional stations following the closures of Smithsonian and Arlington Cemetery stations last week. The 19 stations will remain closed until further notice and trains will pass through without stopping. Eisenhower Ave and Van Dorn St are among the stations that will close. The full list and more information is available at the link below. Station Closings and Metro Operation Status Updates ***UPDATE WEDNESDAY, 3/25/20 9:45A.M.*** Information for Realtors Virginia REALTORS® created a resource page with information on handling the impacts of Coronavirus/COVID-19 on real estate. Information for Realtors Information for Independent BusinessesInfo on paid sick time, paid family leave, UI benefits, SBA vs. Business Interruption loans & Phase 3 discussions:NFIB Webinar on COVID-19 Phase 2 – the Families First Coronavirus Response Act  FAQ page - Topics discussed include financial, wage & hour, public health and other legal employment questions.NFIB Small Business FAQs on COVID-19 General information for small businesses:NFIB Small Business COVID-19 Landing Page Update from Prince William County Prince William County has extended the Business Tangible Personal (BTP) Property tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15, 2020. This extension will provide relief to the County’s business owners during this period of economic uncertainty and will align the filing date with the recently announced Internal Revenue Service date. Our hope is that this will help businesses impacted by the economic impact of COVID-19.  The tax due date remains October 5th.  ***UPDATE TUESDAY, 3/24/2:30 P.M.*** Farmers Markets in Virginia The Governor’s Office and VDACS (Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) are NOT requiring farmers’ markets and other direct sales markets (such as breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries and tasting rooms) to close for business.  The guidance provided means that these markets may operate in a capacity that allows delivery and/or takeout services. On-site browsing or shopping is not an option under the intent of this order. Further information can be found here: Press Release RE: Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Federal Housing Finance Agency The U.S. FHFA has directed Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days due to the coronavirus national emergency. The foreclosure and eviction suspension applies to homeowners with an Enterprise-backed single-family mortgage. More information on the announcement can be found here: Foreclosure and Eviction SuspensionOfficial Guidance from Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Virginia's Coronavirus Homepage Virginia.gov has set up a website for all things coronavirus-related. All updates can be found below, and the site will continue to update as Virginia takes new action to curb the spread of COVID-19. https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/ Update from Gunston Hall Visit our "Learning from Home" page and discover some delicious 18th-century recipes you can make at home. Learning from Home Parents, visit our "For Parents" page to find fun and educational activities for your children like making a battledore. What is a Battledore? ***UPDATE TUESDAY, 3/24/20 10:00 A.M.*** Update from Virginia Dept. Of Education Frequently Asked Questions Regarding School Closure Through End of Year A Guide for Parents Talking to Children about COVID-19 Childcare for Essential Personnel COVID-19 Fraud Task Force In response to the rapid increase in fraudulent scams, online websites, robocalls presented by COVID-19, the Virginia State Police joined its federal partners on Friday to announce the formation of the Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force. The mission of the task force is to identify, investigate, and prosecute fraud related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Virginia.  The Virginia Fusion Center is also actively monitoring alleged fraudulent activity related to COVID-19 and sharing that information with local, state, and federal authorities. To report fraudulent activity, Virginians can notify the Virginia Fusion Center (VFC) at vfc@vfc.vsp.virginia.gov or visit the FBI website at www.ic3.gov. Additionally, any Virginian who would like to report fraudulent activity can file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General at this website: File Fraud or Price Gouging Complaint Department of Corrections Today, the Department of Corrections announced that they are now manufacturing sneeze/cough guard masks for use by Virginia DOC staff and offenders. These are not medical grade masks but they will aid in the effort to keep COVID-19 out of the state’s correctional facilities. There are still no known cases of COVID-19 among offenders and staff in Virginia’s prisons. Update from Fairfax County Fairfax County parks (indoor), libraries, and community facilities are closed until further notice. This includes: recreation, nature, community, resource and teen centers, golf courses, historic sites, athletic fields, and picnic shelters. These closures also include: playgrounds, skate parks, and restrooms. Dog parks and trails remain open. NOVA Park trails like the W&OD Trail are open, with park offices closed. ***UPDATE MONDAY, 3/23/20 6:00 P.M.*** Today, we held our regular conference call with Governor Northam's official.  Here is the status:  254 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, 6 Fatalities (last three on the Penninsula), there are still areas across the entire Commonwealth  UVA can process about 200 tests per day.  State lab is doing test and the big volume is being done by Quest and Labcorps and take 4-6 days to respond.  They are working on creating a Virginia facility with an 8-hour turnout but they are not there yet. There are some drive-by testing sites in Virginia and they are optimistic that will come online more broadly soon. If testing was robust then we could test everyone at point of care or test in a systematic way, but we don't have those resources yet  PPE has been procured, but not yet arrived.  It's a national problem that requires a national solution.  NY has a 1 week supply.  Cutting elective surgery has reduced VA's burn rate of PPE, but we are still worried about supply after 3-4 weeks.    The National Guard is continuing to plan around surge capability and planning sites should it become necessary.  Governor Northam issued a new executive order today.  The order and the Frequently Asked Questions can be found here: Text of Executive Order No. 52 Directing Further School and Business ClosuresFrequently Asked Questions  Governor's order has 3 categories of businesses  Recreational and entertainment - they must close by midnight tomorrow.  If business is NOT included on the list, then it does not need to close such as golf courses and outdoor trails.  Essential businesses - Grocery, pharmacy, gas stations, banks, etc. as set forth in the order.  Non-essential retail - Brick and mortar stores that are considered non-essential.  If your business is NOT on the essential business list, then must shut down unless you can honor 10 person limit and social distancing  Food facilities - dining/congregation areas are closed, but can stay open for takeout and delivery only plus must honor social distancing and enhanced sanitizing.    There are many questions about what is essential:  For example, construction is not listed as having restrictions so it is not restricted.  Likewise, county/government workers are not restricted (other than social distancing) Telework should be required by all businesses if possible.  Governor announced K-12 Schools will be closed through rest of the academic year This was based on CDC guidance that 8-12 week closures are better than 2-4 week closures  Student Learning - DoE is putting out guidance this evening on continued learning.  There was a pause over the last two week, but schools will now be expected to begin instruction.  Some may involve instruction over the summer to be decided by local schools.    Essential Personnel/Childcare - Last week, Department of Social Services provided updated guidance asking daycares to ask families to keep children to stay home if they can so they can have capacity to serve essential personnel and they've asked childcare centers to consider continuing to serve children of essential personnel.  Child room sizes should be limited to 10 kids. Virginia Department of Education COVID-19 FAQ  They are putting out a Parent Handbook to assist parents working with their children's day to day education  Violation of the Governor's Executive Order remains a Class 1 Misdemeanor  There are a number of Virginia businesses try to step up and manufacture PPE  The National Guard has been activated and have been involved in planning.  They have not been assigned any missions yet.    ABC has provided more flexible regulations on beer and wine sale.  ABC stores are open.  Department of Corrections They are producing and manufacturing masks (they were making furniture).  They made 8,000 yesterday and provided 4 masks per inmate and staff yesterday.    There are no known cases in the correctional system and they are doing their best to keep the virus out of the facilities They are very aware that they have some populations that are susceptible and they are being careful There are 200 juveniles in detention who are being monitored.  19.2-303 - Sheriff Stolle has seen 90 inmates released to alternate sentences in Virginia Beach.  They are encouraging other Sheriff's to do the same thing.  Rental Assistance If you have  voucher, your ability to pay is based on income so if income is reduced, then rental payments are reduced If you are a regular tenant, The Virginia Housing Development Agency has some limited programs, but they are not robust Mortgage forebearance - There are programs administered by the FHMA which has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures  The key focus over the next few weeks will be obtaining PPE. ***UPDATE MONDAY, 3/23/20 4:00 P.M.*** Here is a link to Governor Northam's latest executive order: Text of Executive Order No. 52 Directing Further School and Business ClosuresFrequently Asked Questions ***UPDATE MONDAY, 3/23/20 3:00 P.M.*** Update on Governor's Executive Actions Public and private schools will remain closed through the balance of the academic year.  The Department of Education will be issuing guidance tomorrow regarding completion of the school year. Recreational and entertainment businesses such as bowling alleys must close. Restaurants, breweries, and other food and drink service businesses must offer take out and delivery only. Non-essential brick and mortar stores must restrict operations to 10 or fewer patrons at a time with adequate distancing or must close. Essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical providers, childcare businesses may remain open.   Essential businesses must observe new stringent disinfectant protocols. Relief for Virginia Small BusinessesThe Virginia Small Business Development Centers network is hosting a webinar today, at 5:00 P.M. to review the application process for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) available for Virginia small businesses and non-profits.Click here to attend the Webinar - JOIN THE MEETING HEREMeeting ID: 606 202 441Phone: 646-558-8656CLICK HERE for a recorded presentation on filling out the EIDL Application, that will cover the same EIDL application overview. ***UPDATE MONDAY, 3/23/20 11:30 A.M.*** Access to CareHealth insurers in Virginia are responding to the Covid 19 coronavirus in a myriad of ways. Plans are eliminating barriers to care including waiving cost-shares, providing more virtual care options, and keeping members updated through mobile apps and websites with the latest information. Managed care organizations, charged with caring for the state’s Medicaid population, are in regular contact with the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to look for ways to deliver critical services without a face-to-face interaction. This includes looking at telehealth and telemedicine options for providers and patients. DMAS has further applied for a 1135 waiver from the federal government granting more flexibility to enroll members in Medicaid and expand telehealth benefits during the crisis. Health insurers in the commercial market are also encouraging the use of telemedicine and virtual sites of care. This includes the following.  Encouraging the use of 24/7 nurse phone lines to virtually access clinical resources at no cost to members. The nurses are trained in the latest screening and testing referral protocols. Paying for telephone-only consultations with clinician staff of primary care, general practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OBGYN, and nurse practitioners with no member out-of-pocket cost. Utilizing mobile apps to answer member questions and conduct coronavirus assessments based on guidelines from the CDC and NIH. Providing emotional support for those members experiencing stress or anxiety via a 24/7 phone line and online at no cost to members.  Health insurers across Virginia and the United States have agreed to waive cost-sharing requirements for testing. Health insurers have eliminated prior authorization requirements for medically necessary diagnostic tests and covered services related to COVID-19 diagnosis. Health insurers have waived early medication refill limits on 30-day maintenance medications. Health insurers are creating care packages to send to members diagnosed with COVID19 and proactively reaching out to those members who may be more at risk at contracting the virus. Health insurers are working with pharmacy partners to provide free delivery of medications and assist with mailing prescriptions. Health insurers are working with lab partners to support access to testing as it becomes available. In the self-insured market, which comprises nearly 40% of the insured in Virginia and where the self-insured company makes coverage determinations, insurance company administrators are automatically opting in companies to the waived cost-sharing provisions. CMS have changed rules to allow Medicare beneficiaries to receive more services without having to travel to a facility including loosening the requirement that members have an established provider relationship before seeking telemedicine services. For more information about this guidance, click here: Telemedicine Guidance for Medicare Beneficiaries  For more detailed information on what each health plan in Virginia is doing both in the commercial space and for Medicaid, see the individual company press releases below.  Aetna/CVS Anthem CareFirst Cigna Magellan Optima Piedmont United Virginia Premier Update for AT&T customers (more information about other telecom providers is below on 3/20 update) Not terminating the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic. Keep our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them. The coronavirus pandemic is causing many hardships. If you find yourself in financial trouble and unable to pay your bill, please contact us at 800-288-2020 for AT&T broadband, residential wireless or small business services and 611 from your AT&T device for wireless. To provide further relief and support, AT&T announced: Unlimited AT&T Home Internet – All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data.   Continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program.  Expanded eligibility to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.  Offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.  Helping You Work and Learn Remotely – Businesses, universities and schools can keep their teams and classrooms connected through conference calls and video conferencing with Cisco Webex Meetings with AT&T for 90-days, and seamlessly forward calls to both mobile and landline phones with AT&T IP Flexible Reach. Distance Learning – AT&T is underwriting expenses for a “one-stop” resource center to support eLearning Days from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) available to all educators in schools to help them handle school closures and the increase in virtual learning due to COVID-19. Waiving wireless voice and data overage fees for customers nationwide.  These fees will be retroactively waived, dating back to March. AT&T will not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Video – We’re making over 50 news, entertainment and kids channels free on DIRECTV and U-verse. And we’ll offer additional premium programming over the next few weeks for all video customers—starting with SHOWTIME through March 26. The full list of channels and more can be found under “Expanded Content for Our Video Customers” on the Consumer tab. Business Customers - To keep our business customers connected, we’ve launched six new virtual Command Centers that are enabling the fast delivery of increased bandwidth, new circuits and unified communication services. This will help companies support their employees who are working from home. You can find more here under Businesses. Information from Burke and Herbert Bank We will be offering Drive Up Teller Services at several branches with this feature, and offering other banking services by appointment only inside these branches.  Branches without Drive Up Teller Services will provide all branch banking services by appointment only.  Our branch located at 621 King Street in Alexandria will be closed temporarily. ATM and night drop services remain available at this location and our Main Office branch is nearby. For your convenience, the complete list of our branches is provided at burkeandherbertbank.com along with the lobby and drive-up service hours, where applicable, for each location. Please use the telephone number provided for the branch nearest you to make an appointment as needed. We will work with you to find a convenient time and ensure you continue to get the banking services you need. Faith and Community Leaders Call This evening at 6:30, Governor Northam will be hosting a call with faith and community leaders from across the Commonwealth. More info and the signup page can be found here: Sign up for Faith Leaders Call ***UPDATE SUNDAY, 3/22/20 7:00 P.M.*** Relief for Virginia Small BusinessesThe Virginia Small Business Development Centers network is hosting a webinar tomorrow, Monday, March 22, at 2:00 P.M. to review the application process for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) available for Virginia small businesses and non-profits.Click here to attend the Webinar - JOIN THE MEETING HEREMeeting ID: 606 202 441Phone: 646-558-8656Adding a second presentation at 5pm that can handle a much larger crowd:CLICK HERE to register the Webinar CLICK HERE for a recorded presentation on filling out the EIDL Application, that will cover the same EIDL application overview.Meals for Students, Families, and Aging AdultsFairfax County's Meals on Wheels program is now delivering meals once-a-week. New clients are being accepted. Call the county's Coordinated Services Planning to apply.Call: 703-222-0880, TTY 711Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pmAll of our local school systems are distributing meals to children during the school shutdown.  There are over a dozen sites in the 36th District.  Here are how you find the locations in Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford County: Fairfax County Public Schools Meal Sites FCPS Bus Route Meal Service Prince William County Public Schools Meal Sites Stafford County Public Schools Meal Sites Transit Update Metro announced expected rail and bus service levels for the week of Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27. Transit service remains significantly scaled back to protect the health and safety of Metro employees, customers and the public as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to disrupt all aspects of life in the region. Metro asked the public to limit their use of Metro to essential travel only for nine days. Starting tomorrow, it will be even more imperative that the public follow this guidance. Metrorail: Trains will operate every 20 minutes on all lines except Red Line. Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes.  Stations serviced by multiple lines will see trains arrive every 7-10 minutes. For example, Rosslyn, served by the Blue, Orange and Silver lines, will have train service to DC about every 7 minutes.  Smithsonian and Arlington Cemetery stations will remain closed until further notice to keep non-essential cherry blossom travel off the rail system at this time of national emergency. Metrobus: Buses will run on a modified Sunday schedule. Supplemental trips will not operate; however, some routes that provide weekday-only service to essential federal workplaces have been added to the schedule. Visit wmata.com for a list of routes that are – and are not – operating this week. Responding to a request from union leadership, beginning Tuesday, all Metrobus customers will enter and exit the bus using the REAR doors only, except customers who require use of a wheelchair ramp, which remains available at the front door. Metro is also temporarily suspending fare collection on Metrobus, because all farebox and SmarTrip equipment is located at the front door. Metro reserves the ability to discontinue this policy at any time. MetroAccess: All subscription trips remain canceled. Please limit all travel to only the most essential. Since moving to an “essential travel only” message on March 13, Metro ridership has declined with each successive commuting day as citizens following the guidance to stay home and practice social distancing to flatten the curve (rate of community spread). Rail ridership on Friday was down more than 86 percent and bus down 65 percent. Food Insecurity The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is loosening income eligibility requirements for the Emergency Food Assistance Program to increase access during the COVID-19 outbreak. VDACS is also reducing the threat of exposure for seniors in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) by changing delivery schedules—while maintaining the quantity of food—and removing delivery signing requirements. The Federation of Virginia Food Banks, representing seven regional food banks, is standardizing low- and no-touch distribution, pre-boxed items, and drive-through distribution mechanisms.  ***UPDATE SATURDAY, 3/21/20 4:30 P.M.*** Cases in VirginiaPositive cases in VA up 37% from yesterday. The Virginia Department of Health website continues to update the status of cases in Virginia. As of noon today, 152 positive cases have been reported here in Virginia. Economic Impact30,000 people filed unemployment claims filed last week. That is a 1,500% increase over the week before when fewer than 2,000 people filed claims.Hospital Bed CapacityThe Governor issued an executive order to expand bed hospital bed capacity. The full text of the order is linked below.Executive Order 52: Increasing Hospital Bed Capacity Local Government Online Meetings Attorney General Mark Herring issued an advisory opinion outlining the authority of public bodies to conduct meetings and critical public business while maintaining social distancing needs and important transparency and accountability obligations.  "The opinion says that Virginia law allows public bodies to conduct meetings electronically if 'the purpose of the meeting is to address the emergency,' which includes meeting 'to make decisions that must be made immediately and where failure to do so could result in irrevocable public harm.' " Department of CorrectionsVirginia DOC has worked with GTL, the offender phone service provider, to provide inmates with two free phone calls per week beginning March 19, 2020 through April 15, 2020. The two free calls will be applied to the first two calls the offender makes each week. They have suspended all visitation and all transfers to jails or prisons. ***UPDATE FRIDAY, 3/20/20 6:00 P.M.*** Here's the update I just received from the Administration this afternoon: We have 118 COVID cases in Virginia - 22 Hospitalized & 2 Deaths 2,000+ tests have been done - majority done by LabCorp/Quest UVA, Sentara and MCV are working on testing capacity Labs have a 5-day turnaround right now There is community spread - primary Penninsula but also in NOVA There are likely 2-3 cases in the Roanoke Valley - it's in all areas of VA now We're beyond containment and moving into mitigation Several facilities are in lockdown mode and one in quarantine Much testing capacity is being moved into Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities first to avoid casualties We are also attempting to develop our own testing kits instead of being reliant on the CDC The Governor is doing a daily update at 11:00 am every day The Alcohol Beverage and Control Division has implemented emergency measures to allow flexibility to restaurants to continue to serve Administration is working with local jails - issued guidelines regarding incarcerated populations, recommended law enforcement to use summonses instead of arrest warrants when possible, encouraged magistrates and judges to use alternatives to incarceration pending trial Recommended the use 19.2-303 to modify sentences for non-violent offenders presently incarcerated They have suspended all visitation and all transfers to jails or prisons They also have prohibited people from gathering at resturants in groups larger than 10, they have amended the order (governor.virginia.gov/executiveactions) to clearly states it applies to fitness centers, theatres to 10 patrons or less and any willful violation, refusal or neglect is a Class 1 Misdemeanor The Virginia Department of Health put in an order of their share of the strategic stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment when this broke out.  Virginia received 5-10% of what it ordered which represented 50% of the national stockpile.  It's being issued.  There is a real shortage. The Commonwealth has issued guidance that any retailer who needed an extension to remit sales taxes, such as restaurants, hotels, and tourism companies, could get a 20 day extension upon request.  They did not do a blanket referral because large retailer has already paid.  That has a fiscal impact of $145M and every time we defer we don't eventually receive it.  About $30M of those dollars would eventually got to localities which will be affected. The Governor also extended the filing of estimated payments from May 1 to June 1.  This deferral will cause a fiscal impact of $100 million - potentially into the next fiscal year which starts July 1.  A longer deferment could trigger larger problems because of the budget year and there's still uncertainty about federal actions or where the economy is going. It's been less than 30-days since the all-time high of the DJI and we have now seem a 30% reduction in wealth.  The Secretary of Finance has been on the phone with our rating agencies attempting to assess the impact of all of this. We will need to have our budget forecasting process make new assessments starting in April because right now our revenues are delayed 30 days.  So far we've seen a $250 million impact based on our administrative access. Virginia saw 30,871 unemployment claims in the last week - that is significantly higher than any other week Our rating agencies think that compared with National issue, we will see a 13% decline in GDP in the USA.  If the virus behaves as we see it, it will be a 2% reduction and now rebound until Q4 and they see National unemployment at 9% and full employment restored in 2023 Our previous recession forecasting (which wasn't as pessimistic as the reality) was suggesting a $1 billion per year reduction in revenue over the next two years - we are expecting more than that which will require major budget adjustments. Before this our economy was strong in-part because so much of our economy is based upon government spending and generally our current economy is better positioned than other sister states, but this is going to be a significant blow to tourism, restaurants, and small businesses in the Commonwealth.  Rebuilding the economy will be a major focus going forward. Our General Fund is fairly liquid.  VRS is still fully funded and capable of making benefit payments.  Going in, they were 75% funded and the reduction will be something we have to address going forward. We have $1.6 billion in reserves to help address this. We are trying to counterbalance our fiduciary responsibility to maintain core functions with business impacts.  One member requested a deferral of all taxes.  That would cost $7.2 billion and is not realistic.\ They are working with hospitals, National Guard and FEMA to have possible alternate treatment sites should that become necessary.  They are identifying sites. ***UPDATE FRIDAY, 3/20/20 1:30 P.M.*** Update from our cable providers:If you live in a Comcast territory: Comcast is taking steps to implement the following new policies for the next 60 days, and other important initiatives:  Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser. Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans.  While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge. No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions. Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: It’s even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward. If you live in a Cox territory:Pledging to support the FCC’s Keep America Connected initiatives by: Not terminating service to any residential or small business customer because of an inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Waiving any late fees that residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic. Opening Cox Wifi outdoor hotspots to help keep the public connected in this time of need. Offering the first month free to new customers of Connect2Compete, Cox’s low-cost internet ($9.95) product for families with school-aged children who are enrolled in low-income assistance programs ensuring digital equity for students without internet at home. Schools are being asked to contact connectnow@cox.com with a list of eligible low-income students that currently do not have an internet connection.  Through May 15th, offering a $19.99 offer for new Starter internet customers with a temporary boost up to 50 Mbps download speeds, no annual contract or qualifications to help low income and those impacted from Coronavirus challenges, like seniors and college students. Through May 15th, eliminating data usage overages beginning today to meet the higher bandwidth demands. Customers with a 500 GB or Unlimited data usage add-on plan will receive credits.  Providing temporary increases for residential customers in the company’s Starter, StraightUp Internet and Connect2Compete packages to speeds of 50 Mbps. Extending our Cox Complete Care remote desktop support at no charge to residential customers in those tiers to provide remote helpdesk and assistance for loading new applications they may need to use during this time like online classroom support applications and web conferencing services. Fast-tracking the qualification process for Connect2Compete and partnering with PCs for People where families can purchase discounted refurbished computers. More information can be found here:  https://cox.pcsrefurbished.com/. If you live in a Charter territory: Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees. If you live in Verizon territory: Verizon’s fiber optic and wireless networks have been able to meet the shifting demands of customers and continue to perform well. Due to economic circumstances related to the coronavirus and to keep customers connected during this economic and global crisis; Verizon waives late fees for residential and small business customers impacted by COVID-19, offers free international calling to CDC level 3 countries. Investing in our economy by increasing our capital guidance range from $17 - $18 billion to $17.5 - $18.5 billion in 2020.  Expanding work-from-home policy to include reduction of retail locations and hours across the country; fewer employees working at stores; limiting the number of customers in our stores at one time. Created a coronavirus hub page, https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus/, across the Yahoo ecosystem that aggregates trusted and reliable news and content about the pandemic in the U.S. and across the globe. Partnering with those on the front lines of the Covid-19 emergency response, first responders, federal agencies, state and local governments, and public health agencies, to deliver on critical missions during crisis. ***UPDATE THURSDAY, 3/19/20 5:30 P.M.*** Motor Vehicle Inspections: Governor Northam has directed the Virginia Department of State Police to suspend the enforcement of Motor Vehicle Safety Inspections for 60 days. Increased Access to Health Care: The Department of Medicaid Assistance Services is increasing access to health care for Medicaid members and thousands of low-income residents by doing the following: Eliminating all co-payments for services covered by Medicaid and Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS), including COVID-19-related treatment as well as other medical care. Ensuring current Medicaid members do not inadvertently lose coverage due to lapses in paperwork or a change in circumstances. Permitting Medicaid members to obtain a 90-day supply of many routine prescriptions, an increase from the 30-day supply under previous rules. Waiving pre-approval requirements for many critical medical services, and enacting automatic extensions for approvals that are already in place. Expanding access to telehealth services, including allowing Medicaid reimbursement for providers who use telehealth with patients in the home. Support for Impacted Businesses and Individual Taxpayers: Following a request submitted by Governor Northam on March 18, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Virginia. Small businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the Commonwealth affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans of up to $2 million from the SBA to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses. To submit a loan application through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, please click here: Apply for Small Business Economic Disaster LoanBusinesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due tomorrow, March 20, 2020, for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.The Governor has requested that the Department of Taxation to extend the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020. Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so. Guidance for Child Care Providers: Virginia’s Child Care Subsidy program is currently caring for 25,000 children. Governor Northam directed the Dept. Of Social Services to increase support and flexibility for enrolled families and providers. These modifications include: Expanding eligibility for school-aged children currently designated for part-day care to full-day care. Increasing the number of paid absences from 36 to 76 days for both level 1 and level 2 providers. Automatically extending eligibility for families due for eligibility redetermination in the near future by 2 months and temporarily suspending the requirement for face-to-face interviews. As announced yesterday, the Northam administration has released guidance for child care providers to slow the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring continued support for essential personnel. These guidelines include: Childcare providers should limit capacity to 10 total individuals per room and prioritize care for children of essential personnel. Children should eat meals in their own classrooms and increase distance as much as possible, such as allowing only one classroom at a time to go outside and staggering exits and entrances to reduce contact. Staff and children should focus on basic health precautions, including regular hand washing and cleaning frequently touched objects. Justice-Involved Population: Local, regional, and state public safety agencies are working in close coordination to ensure the safety of employees and residents in correctional facilities.  The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) has suspended all in-person visitation to state correctional facilities and is complying with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control related to COVID-19.  VADOC has also suspended all transfers from local and regional jails for the next 30 days to limit potential exposure to the virus. Governor Northam is encouraging local criminal justice officials, including Commonwealth’s attorneys, defense attorneys, sheriffs, and other jail officials, to explore proactive measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring public safety. These recommendations include: Allowing sentence modifications that can reduce populations within the jails, as outlined in Va. Code § 19.2-303. Diverting offenders from being admitted into jail prior to trial, including the use of summonses by law enforcement in lieu of arrest pursuant to Va. Code § 19.2-74, and use of local pretrial programs as available and with consideration to local capacity. Considering ways to reduce low-risk offenders that are being held without bail in jails. Utilizing alternative solutions to incarceration such as home electronic monitoring, pursuant to Va. Code § 53.1-131.2. ***UPDATE THURSDAY, 3/19/20 1:30 P.M.*** The Virginia Department of Health website continues to update the status of cases in Virginia. As of noon today, 94 positive cases have been reported here in Virginia. Virginia Case Tracker Worldwide Case Tracker Update for pet owners from the Humane Society:There is no evidence that cats, dogs, or other companion animals can be infected with COVID-19. We anticipate that pet owners may need to surrender or seek long-term foster care for their pets due to economic reasons. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided a helpful FAQ for pet owners: CDC FAQ RE: PetsThe Humane Society of the United States also has information to help animal shelters and rescues prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on their operations: Information About Animal Shelters From Fairfax County: The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is still open and facilitating pet adoptions. They have made a few changes to their services however. For example, they are not taking donations and request dog licenses be purchased online.Information from Utilities:  Verizon, Comcast, and Cox, have pledged to keep customers connected for the next 60 days and not terminate services to any residential customer or small business that are unable to pay their bills. Cox is also offering a low-income internet tier with no annual contract and relaxing data usage overage charges for all tiers. Dominion Energy suspended disconnections. Washington Gas will be waiving late fees and suspending disconnections. NOVEC is suspending all electric service disconnections and associated penalty fees for 60 days. DMV Information:  All DMV offices and mobile sites are closed. Online services will remain available. For those who cannot renew online, or whose license or registration expires before May 15, the DMV will grant a 60-day extension. Elective Surgery Guidance: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued guidance on elective surgeries. You can find that information here: Elective Surgery Guidance The CMS guidance is consistent with the position that all Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) members have adopted. A copy of that guidance can be found here: Information from Virginia Hospitals Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Meeting:  The Board will be meeting next week with an altered agenda and in a different meeting space to accommodate social distancing guidelines. The meeting will begin at 3:30 pm on March 24 in Conference Room 11 of the Fairfax County Government Center. All public hearings will be postponed except for those that require immediate attention. Those two are: Public Hearing to Consider an Ordinance to Amend and Readopt Fairfax County Code Section 7-2-13 and Relocate the Polling Places for the Lorton Precinct in the Mount Vernon District and the Nottoway Precinct in the Providence District Public Hearing on the Draft Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2021  Should you wish to testify on those two items, your options are as follow: Submit written testimony via email, fax, or mail Provide in-person testimony in Conference Room 6 in an appropriate, socially-distanced environment, which will be streamed to Conference Room 11 Submit a maximum 3-minute video testimony via email All written and video testimony should be sent to: clerktotheBOS@fairfaxcounty.gov ***UPDATE THURSDAY, 3/19/20 8:30 A.M.*** All of our local school systems are distributing meals to children during the school shutdown.  There are over a dozen sites in the 36th District.  Here are how you find the locations in Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford County: Fairfax County Public Schools Meal Sites FCPS Bus Route Meal Service Prince William County Public Schools Meal Sites Stafford County Public Schools Meal Sites ***UPDATE WEDNESDAY, 3/18/20 4:00 P.M.*** Cases in Virginia: The Virginia Department of Health website continues to update the status of cases in Virginia. As of noon today, 77 positive cases have been reported here in Virginia. This count is updated every day at the bottom of this web page: Updated cases in Virginia New Guidance for Day Care Centers: The Northam Administration issued new guidance directing day care centers to limit their classrooms to 10 people, including teachers. Additionally, day care centers should practice staggered recess and only feed kids in their individual classrooms.  Small Business Administration Loan Program: Currently businesses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria are eligible. The application can be found here: SBA.gov/disaster Supporting our Workforce: "Frequently asked Questions for Workers Regarding COVID-19" document can be found here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Frequently-Asked-Questions-from-Workers-Regarding-COVID-19.pdf Donate Blood to the Red Cross: Many blood drives have been canceled over the last couple of weeks and there are severe shortages in blood supply. If you're interested and able, the Red Cross has a number of sites across Virginia that are open and safe to visit. You can find a donation site and make an appointment here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-driveExpansion of Telehealth for Medicare Beneficiaries: The Trump Administration announced that telehealth benefits for Medicare beneficiaries are being expanded during the COVID-19 outbreak. This will allow, beginning March 6, Medicare to temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the country. For more information, click here: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/president-trump-expands-telehealth-benefits-medicare-beneficiaries-during-covid-19-outbreakUse of FaceTime and Skype for Telehealth: The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will waive potential penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers that serve patients through everyday communications technologies during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. This will include platforms like FaceTime and Skype. In support of this action, OCR will be providing further guidance explaining how covered health care providers can use remote video communication products and offer telehealth to patients responsibly. For more information, click here: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/03/17/ocr-announces-notification-of-enforcement-discretion-for-telehealth-remote-communications-during-the-covid-19.html ***UPDATE WEDNESDAY, 3/18/20 10:00 A.M.*** Fairfax county compiled these useful links: Contact Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) for Basic Needs Assistance Donating to and Supporting Local Community-Based Organizations Fairfax County Declares Local State of Emergency for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Most Court Cases Canceled Following State Supreme Court Order COVID-19 and Child Care Programs: What You Need to Know Health Department Offers Guidance on Mass Gatherings Watch Out for Coronavirus Scams Drive through testing site established in Arlington: Virginia Hospital Center (VHC), a community-based hospital providing medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 75 years, has partnered with the Arlington County Public Health Department, the Arlington County Police Department, the Arlington County Fire Department, the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Environmental Services to open a temporary drive-through COVID-19 sample collection site at 1429 N. Quincy Street. Samples will be collected from Arlington residents, Arlington County Government employees and Arlington Public Schools employees, and patients of VHC Medical Staff. This site is for sample collection from symptomatic patients (fevers, chills, cough, or shortness of breath) who have received a written order for COVID-19 testing from a licensed healthcare provider. This is not meant for asymptomatic patients, even those who have had a close contact with a known COVID patient. Physicians with symptomatic patients can send orders to the Virginia Hospital Center outpatient lab electronically in EPIC or via fax to 703.558.2448. Once they have received a physician’s order, patients should call the VHC COVID-19 Scheduling Line at 703.558.5766 between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:00 pm. Patients must schedule an appointment before visiting the collection site. Individuals arriving at the drive-through site will be asked to remain in their cars. The sample collection center will officially open Wednesday, March 18 at 9:00 am and will remain open on weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Individuals who visit the collection site are encouraged to follow the instructions of their health care provider and self-quarantine while they await their results. Test results will be available to the patient within five to seven business days. Traffic Advisory Expect additional traffic on N. Quincy between Washington Boulevard and N. 15th Street Expect delays if traveling in the area and/or seek alternate routes if not visiting the collection site Posted signboards in the area will direct those driving to the collection site ***UPDATE TUESDAY, 3/17/20 6:00 P.M.*** Further Reducing Public GatheringsGovernor Northam told Virginians to avoid non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people, per federal guidelines. This does not include normal operations at essential services such as manufacturers, distribution centers, airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, grocery stores, or pharmacies.Protecting High-Risk VirginiansThose with chronic health conditions or aged 65 or older should self-quarantine. Public health experts advise that individuals with underlying medical conditions and those aged 65 or older are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Governor Northam encouraged neighbors and friends to stay in touch and regularly check in with high-risk individuals.Increasing Social DistancingAll restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters are mandated to significantly reduce their capacity to 10 patrons, or close. Restaurants are encouraged to continue carry-out and takeaway options.Support for Affected WorkersGovernor Northam announced the following actions to protect working Virginians impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak: No waiting for unemployment benefits. Governor Northam has directed the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the one-week waiting period to ensure workers can receive benefits as soon as possible. Unemployment Insurance benefits claims can be filed on the internet at www.vec.virginia.gov or by calling the Customer Contact Centers at 1-866-832-2363 Enhanced eligibility for unemployment. Workers may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if an employer needs to temporarily slow or cease operations due to COVID-19. If a worker has been issued a notice to self-quarantine by a medical or public health official and is not receiving paid sick or medical leave from their employer, they may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. In addition, a worker may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they must stay home to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave from their employer. Fewer restrictions. For individuals receiving unemployment insurance, Governor Northam is directing the Virginia Employment Commission to give affected workers special consideration on deadlines, mandatory re-employment appointments, and work search requirements. The Office of the Governor is providing a Frequently Asked Questions guide for workers that have been temporarily laid off or discharged during this public health crisis. Support for Impacted Employers Regional workforce teams will be activated to support employers that slow or cease operations. Employers who do slow or cease operations will not be financially penalized for an increase in workers requesting unemployment benefits. The Governor is authorizing rapid response funding, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, for employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Funds may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs. Governor Northam is directing all employers to follow U.S. Department of Labor guidance on workplace safety. Department of Motor Vehicle Office Closures Virginia’s 75 DMV offices, as well as mobile units, will close to the public.  Online services will remain available, and anyone needing to renew a license or vehicle registration is encouraged to do so online. For those who cannot renew online, or whose license or registration expires before May 15, DMV will grant a 60-day extension. CourtsGovernor Northam requested and the Supreme Court of Virginia granted a judicial emergency in response to COVID-19. From Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 6, non-essential, non-emergency court proceedings in all district and circuit courts are suspended absent a specific exemption. This includes a prohibition on new eviction cases for tenants who are unable to pay rent as a result of COVID-19. All non-exempted court deadlines are tolled and extended for a period of 21 days.UtilitiesThe State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued an order directing utilities it regulates, such as electric, natural gas, and water companies in Virginia, to suspend service disconnections for 60 days to provide immediate relief for any customer, residential and business, who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.For a comprehensive list of actions Governor Northam has announced to combat COVID-19 in Virginia, visit virginia.gov/coronavirus.Update from US Small Business Administration Alexandria City, Arlington County, and Fairfax County are eligible to receive disaster assistance.The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance. Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities as well as updated on our website: SBA.gov/disaster.  SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible. For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Metro Service Update Effective tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18)—and continuing until further notice—Metro service will operate as follows: Metrorail: Rail system hours and service levels are further reduced to support ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY. DO NOT TRAVEL UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY and follow guidance from your state and local authorities. New hours: Weekdays 5AM-11PM, Sat/Sun 8AM-11PM Trains will run every 15 minutes on each line at all times, including the Red Line. All trains will operate with 8 cars, the maximum possible length, to help maintain social distancing between customers. Metro’s Rail Operations Control Centers (two) will actively monitor trains and station platforms for any possible crowding, something that has not been an issue at any point during the pandemic emergency response. Metro is reducing/cancelling track work, except emergency maintenance and inspections, to avoid unexpected delays and maintain 15-minute intervals between trains. Metrobus: Bus hours and service levels are further reduced to support ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY. DO NOT TRAVEL UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY and follow guidance from your state and local authorities. Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule, with supplemental service on selected routes to prevent crowding and ensure areas are not cut off. Visit wmata.com for information about “supplemental” routes that will operate, in addition to Sunday routes. IMPORTANT: Bus operators are granted the authority to bypass bus stops to maintain safe social distancing aboard the vehicle. These actions reduce the number of Metro employees and buses required to maintain service by more than 60 percent. MetroAccess: All subscription trips are cancelled until further notice. Customers with a critical need to travel should make a separate reservation calling 301-562-5360 (TTY 301-588-7535) or via the online reservation system. Customers are strongly encouraged to travel ONLY IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. FCPS Meal Distribution Fairfax County Public Schools is expanding the number of grab and go meal sites beginning Wednesday, March 18. A total of 39 sites will serve food to FCPS students.In addition to the sites currently providing grab and go meals, these school locations will also be serving food starting tomorrow. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations: Bucknell Elementary School,  6925 University Dr., Alexandria FCPS Energy Zone Office, 6840 Industrial Dr., Springfield  Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church Lorton Station Elementary School, 9298 Lewis Chapel Road, Lorton Twain Middle School, 4700 Franconia Rd, Alexandria In addition to school sites, five additional sites located in the community will serve as pop-up locations. The sites will serve both breakfast and lunch during the designated times beginning Wednesday, March 18:Audubon Park, 7955 Audubon Ave., Alexandria, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Bailey’s Community Center, 5920 Summers Lane, Falls Church, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.   Willston Multicultural Center, 6131 Willston Dr, Falls Church, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For a complete list of distribution sites go here: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources Original Post Virginia Dept. of Health: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands with soap and warm water. The Virginia Dept. of Health also set up a toll free number to call with generic questions about the virus: 1-877-ASK-VDH3 Governor Northam declared a state of emergency. Other state agencies are responding as outlined below:Virginia Dept. of Health: VDH has provided guidance to nursing homes and senior care facilities on additional visitor screening. Virginia has expanded criteria for diagnostic testing to ensure that anyone who has symptoms and is in a nursing home is a top priority. Virginia is talking with employers across the Commonwealth about telework and paid time off, including for hourly workers. Dept. of General Services (Testing update): On March 2, the Department of General Services (DGS) announced that its Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS), Virginia’s public health and environmental laboratory, began testing for COVID-19 instead of sending samples to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). DCLS will test samples from individuals identified by the VDH as a Person Under Investigation (PUI), meaning they meet both current clinical and epidemiologic criteria for COVID-19. Virginia is working with insurers to waive costs associated with COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Human Resources (Information for state employees): The Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) has directed all state agencies to update their emergency operations and paid leave policies, and Virginia will begin implementing a phased transition to teleworking for state employees. Virginia is setting an example by activating paid Public Health Emergency Leave for state employees who have recently traveled to high-risk areas. All official travel outside of Virginia by state employees has been halted, with increased flexibility for inter-state commuters and essential personnel. State employees have been advised to limit in-person meetings and non-essential work-related gatherings. Specific guidance will be released to agency heads and state employees, and Virginia will revisit these guidelines after 30 days. Social Services: The Department of Medical Assistance Services and the Department of Social Services are preparing options to ensure the most vulnerable populations have continued access to critical services, including the potential for in-home care and food support. The Department of Social Services is working with local partners, such as food pantries, to ensure no one goes hungry in the event of extended school closures. Transportation:  Washington Dulles International Airport is one of 11 airports designated by the federal government to receive flights from China. The CDC is conducting screenings of passengers at Dulles who have been in China or Iran during the past 14 days.  Virginia is also working with transportation partners to help reduce the potential spread of disease. The Department of Rail and Public Transportation is coordinating with Metro, Amtrak, Virginia Rail Express, and transit agencies across Virginia to adjust cleaning schedules according to CDC protocol. Corrections: The Department of Corrections (DOC) has canceled offender visitation at all facilities until further notice. Off-site video visitation is still available. A dedicated COVID-19 public information line with an updated, recorded message is operational. The phone number is (804) 887-8484. DOC has implemented a screening protocol for offenders coming into state facilities from local jails. Virginia provided detailed guidance to correctional facilities and other work locations regarding approved hand washing, sanitizing, and disinfectant products, and instructions for the proper use of those products to provide protection from COVID-19. Supreme Court: The Supreme Court of Virginia has declared a judicial emergency and suspended all non-essential court proceedings until April 6, 2020. Update from Prince William County County Executive Chris Martino signed a Declaration of a Local State of Emergency for Prince William County in response to the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control to limit crowds of people to 50 or less to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration is in effect as of noon today, March 16, and will allow the county to mobilize and prioritize resources, handle procurement issues, as well as assign and coordinate response activities to help promote and enforce social distancing.“We know that it’s critical that we practice social distancing as much as possible in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and help our health system. This declaration will help us mobilize resources to put practices and policies in place to keep our employees and residents healthy,” said Martino. “It is important to note that this declaration is not because we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of confirmed cases in Prince William County. As of right now, the county remains at three confirmed cases and we have no reason to suspect community spread.”In order to enforce social distancing as much as possible in the community, Prince William County has taken the following actions in the last 24 hours: Closed all libraries. Closing the Adult Day Healthcare program as of Tuesday, March 17. Cancelled the Board of County Supervisors meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17. Cancelled the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 18. This is in addition to the action taken last week that closed parks facilities, senior centers and cancelling all outside meetings to be held in county facilities. A full list of the county’s operational status can be found at pwcgov.org/emergency. Residents are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing in their day to day activities, as well. The county also encourages residents to do business with the county online as much as possible. If they must come to a county facility, residents should call the office they wish to visit before making the trip.For more information about COVID-19 and Prince William County, please visit pwcgov.org/emergency. Update from Fairfax County Public Schools All FCPS school buildings are closed until further notice.  Food distribution at FCPS sites will continue as scheduled. More details about the food program are below.   With the school buildings closed, the laptop distribution scheduled for tomorrow is postponed.   All FCPS administrative offices are closed until further notice. Only essential personnel as defined by FCPS program managers and supervisors will be asked to report to work until further notice.  All other employees will work remotely.  It is expected that all FCPS personnel reporting to work will practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible. Beginning March 16, we are expanding the grab and go food distribution sites to a total of 18 locations.  The food distribution is set up outside the schools.   Breakfast will be served from 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the following locations: Annandale Terrace ES, 7604 Herald St., Annandale Bailey's Primary ES, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church Braddock ES, 7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale Brookfield ES, 4200 Lees Corner Rd, Chantilly Burke School, 9645 Burke Lake Rd., Burke Centre Ridge ES, 14400 New Braddock Rd., Centreville Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield Cunningham Park ES, 1001 Park St., Vienna Dogwood ES, 12300 Glade Dr., Reston Garfield ES, 7101 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield   Graham Road Community Center, 3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church Fort Belvoir Upper ES, 5980 Meeres Rd., Fort Belvoir Hutchison ES, 13209 Parcher Ave., Herndon Hybla Valley ES, 3415 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria   London Towne ES, 6100 Stone Rd., Centreville  Mount Vernon Woods ES, 4015 Fielding St., Alexandria  Providence ES, 3616 Jermantown Rd., Fairfax  Weyanoke ES, 6520 Braddock Rd., Alexandria Soth County HS, 8700 Laurel Crest Dr., Lorton FCPS students are welcome to come to any of the sites to pick up a meal during these time periods. All students enrolled in FCPS schools and other County children receive one meal at no-cost; and, may have additional meals at no-cost upon request. Adults may purchase breakfast and lunch meals at a cost of $2.00. Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services provides access and referrals to both government and community based resources for Fairfax County residents in need.  If you are facing difficulties - including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, healthcare and more other needs, please call 703-222-0880 for assistance.Updates can be found on our website: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update.Information from Prince William County Public Schools All School-Age Child Care (SACC) is closed until further notice. No PWCS employees should report until further notice (with the exception of designated food service employees, custodians, and designated staff to support critical business who should report as directed). PWCS will provide further details for staff reporting later this week. All activities and community use are canceled until further notice. Per the Governor’s order related to the state of emergency, the state will waive the school hours missed during the Governor’s order covering the closure until at least March 27. Beyond this time, PWCS will continue to have 13.5 days of emergency hours “snow-days” to utilize if necessary to cover school closing. Teachers do not need to be assigning work to students this week. Due to the waivers provided by the Governor’s office, at this time, schools do not need to consider strategies for continuity of learning to count as an official instructional day. PWCS will provide updates later this week regarding additional resources for families to support student independent learning at home and expectations for staff to support this learning beyond this week. The Virginia Department of Education is evaluating options to provide flexibility in meeting testing requirements for the Standards of Learning tests, the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program and the ACCESS for ELs test administered to English Learners. More information and guidance will be provided as it becomes available. This is an evolving situation that is changing rapidly. PWCS will continue to make every effort to provide updates on a daily basis as needed, to answer the many important questions we are receiving from staff and families. Packaged breakfasts and lunches will be provided to-go at select locations throughout the county, to anyone under the age of 18. More information below: Service Times: Monday- Friday* 9-10 a.m. Service Style: To-go Meals served at the front door of each location Meal Types: Packaged breakfast and lunch will be served at the same time *Range of dates may change based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Virginia Department of Health guidance Service Sites: Elementary School Sites Dale City Fitzgerald John D. Jenkins Mullen Tyler Middle School Sites  Beville Graham Park Hampton Fred Lynn Lake Ridge Marsteller Parkside Potomac Rippon Stonewall Woodbridge High School Sites Forest Park Information From Stafford Public Schools Stafford County Public Schools will be closed from March 16 through March 27. The school system is aiming to begin delivering free meals on March 23. Update from METROTo help protect employees and customers, and recognizing that many of Metro’s frontline employees are faced with tough choices as they balance work with their family priorities, including caring for children who are home from area schools, Metro is reducing service beginning Monday, as follows:METRORAILMonday-Friday: Trains will operate every 12 minutes on each line throughout the dayThe rail system will maintain normal hours, opening at 5 a.m. and closing at 11:30 p.m.Saturday: Trains will operate every 12 minutes on each line, with service from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. (normal Saturday service).Sunday: Trains will operate every 15 minutes on each line, with service from 8 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. (normal Sunday service).METROBUSOn weekdays, bus service will operate on a Saturday schedule. Weekend bus schedules are unchanged.IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL, DO NOT TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Call your healthcare provider before you leave your home and follow their guidance.Update from VREThe Virginia Railway Express (VRE) today announced changes to its train schedules. As an increasing number of area businesses and government agencies encourage or mandate telework to help contain the spread of COVID-19, VRE ridership has dropped to a level warranting a reduction in service.VRE will run a "S" schedule on each of its two lines, Fredericksburg and Manassas, beginning Tuesday, March 17. The number of trains in service will go from 16 to eight - four inbound each morning and four outbound each afternoon. The change to VRE's train schedules will remain in effect indefinitely. The rail service's management will continue to monitor the situation and adjust schedules as circumstances dictate. Updated train schedules are available on VRE's website at www.vre.org/service/schedule.Update from Fairfax Connector Bus There have been no changes to Fairfax Connector services, however cleaning protocols have been reviewed and updated. Increased vehicle cleaning cycles are occuring with a special focus on bus interiors and critical touchpoints. These cleanings incorporate disinfection procedures indicated to be effective against COVID-19. Update from Prince William County Courts Providing liberal granting of continuances through the end of April. Such cases may be continued by submitting a fully endorsed Agreed Order to the appropriate court or by notifying the appropriate court that an attorney of record, one of the parties, or an important witness is experiencing flu-like symptoms or is under either self-quarantine or mandatory quarantine, or is caring for a family member who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, under self-quarantine or mandatory quarantine. The contacts are: Circuit Court: circuitcourts@pwc.gov Gen. District Court: JPleitez@vacourts.gov Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court: dfuller@vacourts.gov Criminal cases in Circuit Court will continue to be scheduled and heard in accordance with normal procedure. General District Court will suspend and continue all cases through March 20, including criminal, traffic, and civil. There will be a further announcement at that time. J&DR Courts will continue hearing detention hearings and bond motions involving juveniles who are detained or held in shelter care. Delinquency reviews will be continued to the end of April. Protective orders will be scheduled and heard as required by statute.  No new civil cases will be scheduled until the end of April. Postponing civil term day from April 7 to May 5. The Chief Judge is allowing call in to get trial date and encouraging e-filing.  Continuance requests are allowed by email.  Those on jury duty can email to request rescheduling and for information.  Volunteer activities are being cancelled.  Judges are working with the Adult Detention Center for video arraignment. Update from Fairfax County CourtsThe Chief Judge of Fairfax Circuit Court has announced the following modifications in the Fairfax Circuit Court’s Docket, as a temporary precaution, and in light of current events. The Circuit Court is taking these measures in order to limit the number of people who must come to the Courthouse, during this challenging time. Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, all civil jury Trials will be suspended, for at least 30 days. If you currently have a Civil Jury Trial scheduled to begin between March 13, 2020 and April 17, 2020, please contact Calendar Control at 703-246-2221, to reschedule. The Circuit Court will continue to conduct civil bench trials, during this period. If the parties agree, cases currently scheduled for a civil jury trial may be converted to a bench trial at Calendar Control, and thus still be heard, during this period. All other dockets—including Friday Civil Motions and Criminal Motions Dockets—will continue, as scheduled. However, liberal continuances will be granted on a case-by-case basis. If counsel, a party, or a witness is ill, parties should contact Calendar Control, to reschedule their matter. If you have been summoned for jury service, and are ill, please contact the Jury Management Office, at 703-246-2292, to reschedule your service. As a precaution, the Court recommends that you not come to the Courthouse, unless circumstances require you to do so.In response to Governor Northam's prohibition of gatherings in excess of 100 individuals, the Fairfax County General District Court - all divisions, including the Town of Vienna - will not be holding court tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2020 EXCEPT FOR THE FOLLOWING: 8:30 AM Bond Motions Court will still be held as scheduled. 8:30 AM Video Advisement Court will still be held as scheduled. 1:30 PM Protective Order Court will still be held as scheduled. The Clerk's Office will be open and employees should report to work on time. This message will be updated on Monday with regard to the continuance of cases moving forward, to include those cases that were scheduled for court on 3/16/2020.Clerk's Office staff will be available to answer questions and accept filings. Please email the Clerk's Office at GDCMail@fairfaxcounty.gov or call one of the numbers below: Criminal Division: 703-246-3305 Traffic Division: 703-246-2815 Civil Division: 703-246-3012 Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (the “Court”) consulted with local health officials to discuss the risks of court operations and ways to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  Those professionals advised that normal court operations pose little risk because there is not yet evidence of “community spread” of the virus in this area.Notwithstanding this advice, and based upon recent developments, the Court has enacted aggressive policies and procedures to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to reassure the community.These policies and procedures are effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 16, 2020 and continue through at least May 10, 2020.  Among other things, they provide that: The Court’s non-case related events (including all operator license ceremonies, school court tours, and intern and volunteer programs) are suspended. All traffic hearings, and criminal trials and sentencing hearings for defendants not held in custody, are suspended. Criminal motions are limited to bond (including motions to modify or revoke bond), continuance, detention review, discovery (in cases in which the defendant is held in custody), and emergency motions only. Except for show cause rule hearings for respondents held in custody (which shall be continued), all custody, visitation, and support status hearings and trials are suspended.  Emergency motions, for cases in which relief is necessary to prevent imminent and substantial physical or psychological harm to a child, shall be heard as usual. Wednesday Motions dockets are suspended.  Except as otherwise stated in the policies and procedures, the Clerk of Court shall continue all other pending motions to the scheduled trial date.  All attorneys appearing before the Court should read the most recent version of these policies and procedures, in full, Policies to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 03-16-20

Weekly Column: Stay At Home!

March 31, 2020
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 29, 2020. Stay At Home!                 The last two weeks brought us two executive orders and one consistent message from our Governor – Stay.  At.  Home. Last week, Governor Northam issued an order extending school closures, closing all entertainment and personal care venues and businesses, and restricting access at certain non-essential businesses.  This Monday, the Governor further restricted public gatherings after Virginians continued to appear in large groups at the beaches and a few restaurants.   It is important to understand that this disease can be transmitted before carriers develop symptoms.  It also appears to transmit without physical contact.  The majority of individuals diagnosed with this virus are under age 50.  While people under 50 tend to be less at risk for death, if one person under 50 infects 20 other people, the chain of transmission ultimately results in more deaths.  Continuing to socialize with others is incredibly selfish. On Tuesday, the Commonwealth reported 230 new confirmed infections.  At that daily rate with no acceleration, the number of confirmed cases in Virginia could double in five days.  With new testing coming on line, we are still in the process of getting this crisis under control.  In addition, much testing takes 4-6 days to return results, plus people are often not symptomatic for a period of time.  The results we are seeing today could be a result of social activity that occurred 1-2 weeks ago.  A model put out by the University of Washington predicts that Virginia will see a peak in early May with 3,400 beds needed including 512 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds.  In Virginia we have 329 ICU beds available.   Executive Order #55 which was issued on Monday does a few things.  First, it directs everyone to stay at home unless engaging in nine excepted activities such as getting food, medical attention, taking care of family members or going to work – if you place of employment is still open, can meet the requirements of the other Executive Order and you cannot telecommute, and a few other categories.  It also says it is acceptable to engage in outdoor activity provided that you can comply with social distancing requirements. The new order closes Virginia’s beaches to everything except exercising and fishing.  It prohibits all in-person higher education classes such as what was occurring at Liberty University, and any stays at campgrounds under 14 days.  It clarifies that any gathering, public or private, of less than 10 persons are prohibited.  Violations of most provisions of the order are a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to twelve month in jail and $2,500 fine and is enforceable by state or local law enforcement. In the meantime, the Commonwealth is attempting to procure more testing, but are severely limited by competing demands of 49 other states and 130 other counties, and a lack of federal coordination.  The Commonwealth has developed some independent testing capacity at our university hospitals and private hospital systems, but the sources of reagents needed to manufacture the tests is limited and equipment manpower to process the results is being acquired.  Therefore, testing availability continues to be limited.  The Commonwealth is making contingency plans for a surge on hospital resources and the National Guard has been activated, but not deployed.  Virginia is also working on implementing the resources created by the recent federal stimulus act to enhance unemployment benefits, deploy housing assistance, and food resources that are administered at the federal level.  Given Virginia’s balanced budget requirements, reprogramming massive parts of our budget without tax increases is relatively difficult, but we are also preparing to make adjustments as we approach the Reconvened or Veto Session on April 22.   This week, the Fairfax County General Assembly Delegation collectively donated $5,000 to area foodbanks.  Please consider doing so yourself.  Please consider volunteering for the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps if you are able at https://vvhs.vamrc.org/.   You can find complete information on my blog at scottsurovell.blogspot.comor the state’s new website www.virginia.gov/coronavirus.  If you have any questions about government assistant, small business programs, questions about the executive orders, or any policy ideas, please contact my office at 571.249.4484 or email me at scott@scottsurovell.org.    

2020 36th District Paving Maps

March 27, 2020
VDOT will repave over 100 lane miles in the 36th District portions of eastern Fairfax, Prince William, and Stafford Counties this summer. The entire map of roadwork for the 2020 summer paving season can be viewed at http://bit.ly/VDOTPaving2020.This work is only made possible by tax increases passed in the 2013 transportation bill - HB2313. I voted for the 2013 transportation bill as a State Delegate after a significant reduction of the Hybrid Tax. Though it was not perfect, the 2013 bill provided the revenues necessary to restart road maintenance that had been put on hold for two years.  We had not raised transportation taxes in 28 years and we are continuing to dig out of the maintenance backlog. Re-paving these streets is long overdue.In Virginia, all public roads are owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).  Our local governments play no role in road maintenance.Several of the affected neighborhoods in the 36th District are Villamay, Wellington, Marumsco, Woodbridge, Colby Drive, Spriggs Road and Widewater. Maps by neighborhood can be seen below. Rippon-area paving scheduled for 2020 Mt. Vernon paving scheduled for 2020 Widewater paving scheduled for 2020 Montclair paving scheduled for 2020 Occoquan/Lakeridge Paving Scheduled for 2020

Weekly Column: Virginia's Actions To Address the COVID-19 Crisis

March 23, 2020
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 22, 2020.                This week, I  had planned to write about some of the major bills that we  passed in the 2020 session of the General Assembly, but in light of the coronavirus risk and its impacts, I decided that updating the community on the Commonwealth’s responses is a priority.  Here is where things stand as of Sunday, March 22. Please keep in mind this will be published later and things change daily.            Multiple websites offer guidance and updates on the coronavirus and how to address it.  The state’s website is vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus and I post daily updates on my blog, scottsurovell.blogspot.com.                 I have spent most of the entire week home with my family like many other people.  My law firm decided to remain open with a skeleton crew, four people versus 30 in the office every day, until further notice.  I had my shift on Friday.  Otherwise, I worked on my constituents’ problems and my legal responsibilities from home and had some quality family time.    Coronavirus infections in Virginia continue to rise at a logarithmic rate.  The increases on Saturday and Sunday were 37 percent and 55 percent over the prior day’s total.  The virus is continuing to expand its reach in Virginia at rapid rate and we still do not know the complete infection rate due to a lack of testing.  The state and most of the rest of the country have moved beyond containment.  We are now focused on mitigation. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam requested our share of the national stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) early. Virginia received 10 percent of what we requested and that was 50 percent of the national stockpile.  The country was clearly unprepared.                The state government has been requesting test kits, but the reagents for the kits are in limited supply as 50 states and 130 countries chase the same materials and our existing laboratory capacity is insufficient to process large volumes of tests.  We have asked our university medical centers to step up their capacity to process tests.  So far, the University of Virginia was able to help, but they are only able to process 80 tests per day starting this past weekend.  Again, the country was unprepared for this even though we had around 60 days to prepare for it before it arrived in the U.S.  On February 26, the President said we had 15 cases in the United States and that “within a couple of days is going to be down close to zero.”  That is a quote.                Here is a summary of some of the major actions taken by the state of Virginia: ·         The Governor has prohibited 10 people from being in the same place at once.  This means that gatherings of more than 10 people at most restaurants, churches and other places cannot occur.  A violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor. ·         The state has extended the deadline to file and pay your state taxes from May 1 to June 1.  We could not extend it 90 days like the federal government due to implications for the next fiscal year that begins July 1.  (The federal government extended the deadline for paying 2019 federal taxes to July 1, 2020.) ·         The state has extended all deadlines to renew state vehicle licenses and state vehicle inspections by 60 days.  Both Fairfax County and Prince William Police Departments have indicated that they will not enforce violations of overdue vehicle licenses and inspections during that period. ·         The state has cancelled all remaining Standards of Learning Tests and is seeking a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education which requires the test. ·         The state received an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration which makes small businesses eligible to apply for loans of up to $2 million each. ·         Unemployment claims spiked by 1,500 percent last week after 30,000 applications came in.  Virginia has eliminated the one-week waiting period; expanded eligibility to those who are quarantined, sick or caring for a child whose school or childcare was closed; and eliminated the requirement to continue seeking work.  ·         The State Corporation Commission granted Attorney General Mark Herring’s petition to prohibit utilities from terminating utility services for 60 days. ·         The state Supreme Court has extended all filing deadlines for any proceedings to April 6 and most area courts have continued all cases until after that date.  That has effectively temporarily postponed all eviction cases, for a short period of time. We are still assessing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the state budget.  It will be significant.  Strong, clear, consistent federal leadership in this crisis is critical and that has been lacking.  In its absence, your state officials will continue to step up, but this is a national problem that requires national solutions. If you have any feedback, please email me at scott@scottsurovell.org.   

COVID-19 Public Schools Meals Distribution in 36th District

March 19, 2020
All of our local school systems are distributing meals to children during the school shutdown.  There are over a dozen sites in the 36th District.   Here are how you find the locations in Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford County: Fairfax County Public Schools Meal Sites  Fairfax County Bus Route Meal Service Prince William County Public Schools Meal Sites Stafford County Public Schools Meal Sites Please let us know if you have any problems or require any further information.   

Weekly Column: COVID-19 and Our New State Budget

March 17, 2020
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 15, 2020. COVID-19 and our New State Budget               On Thursday, we passed the Senate Budget and nearly as soon as it was passed, the Corona-19 Virus situation exploded.  While this virus crisis is unprecedented, our budget was well-structured and balanced as required by our constitution, and we are prepared for a recession.               Virginia has its largest cash reserves in the history of the Commonwealth – over $2 billion.  We have been building this reserve both because of constitutionally required deposits to our Revenue Reserve or “Rainy Day” Fund, but also because analysts have been warning us about a likely recession for years even though until last week, we were in the longest economic expansion in American history.               Our outside bond rating agencies have been warning us that much of American economic growth has been generated by government stimulus versus underlying solid economic fundamentals.  For example, the Trump Tax cuts from 2017 and additional federal government spending accounted for about 1.1% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product over the last three years.  Some of Virginia’s productivity was generated by the $1 billion annually invested through Medicaid Expansion.                There have been warning signs present for the last twelve months.  For example, the “inverted yield” curve – when short term money can be borrowed at higher interest rates than long term money - has predicted every recent recession.  The American yield curve inverted in January, and the markets briefly paused and then went on speculating.  We cautiously budgeted and planned for a recession with significant reserves.                 While legislators are beginning to talk among ourselves and with the Governor’s Office about next steps, the Governor has significant authority to make budgetary decisions without legislative approval if revenues do not meet forecasts.  There some actions that could require a special session such as unemployment benefit extensions, temporary Medicaid expansions, limitations on liability, minimum income payments or sick leave expansions.  We will see where things go.                 Unfortunately, the final budget has some important policy changes in it which are now likely in jeopardy.  It assumed three-percent revenue growth which allowed for a two percent pay increase for teachers in the first year and a two percent increase in the second year, plus a two percent bonus for state employees this year and a two percent raise next year along with increased State Trooper compensation.  It also contained an historic $84 million investment in early childhood education, $46 million for new school counselors, and $180 million in school construction, plus $80 million in free community college tuition for the Governor’s “G3” program for low income students studying certain fields.  Overall, Fairfax County was poised to receive an additional $185 million for K-12 over the next two years, Prince William is budgeted for $122 million and Stafford $56 million.  This could be in jeopardy if revenues fail.   We also budgeted major investments in higher education, increases in Medicaid reimbursements and water quality funding.                The budget also contained several of my requests for the 36th District prerogatives.  First, it requires the Commonwealth to collaborate with Fairfax and Prince William Counties to study the extension of the Blue Line from the Franconia-Springfield Station to Lorton, Woodbridge, Potomac Mills and potentially Quantico.  Second, the budget funds the creation of the Prince William County Public Defender’s Office creating twenty-five new attorney positions along with ten support staff.  Third, there is a $3 million grant for the U.S. Army Museum which was saved largely due to the efforts of Delegate Mark Sickles.                 The budget also funds my request to remove a barge from Belmont Bay which is a navigation hazard.  It also included my request restore two staffing positions at Mason Neck State Park and to require the Virginia Park State Parks to collaborate with Stafford County Public Schools on a new environmental education program at Widewater State Park.               The Governor is continuing to take actions to make more testing available and coordinate our response to this crisis.  Please stay tuned to my twitter feed (www.twitter.com/ssurovell), official Facebook (www.facebook.com/surovell) and my blog, The Dixie Pig (scottsurovell.blogspot.com), where I will post continued updates.                Please stay safe over the coming weeks and if you have any questions, feedback or ideas, please email me at scott@scottsurovell.org. 

Weekly Column: The 2020 General Assembly: 39 Surovell Bills Passed

March 9, 2020
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 8, 2020. The 2020 General Assembly:  39 Surovell Bills Passed The 2020 General Assembly finished work on all legislation this past Sunday, except we did not pass a final state budget or elect new judges to fill vacancies.  We will return to Richmond on Thursday, March 13, to complete that work and adjourn for this year.                 This was my most successful session in passing bills in my eleven years in the General Assembly.  The legislature sent 39 of my bills to Governor Ralph Northam.  We carried over nine bills and  referred them to study commissions.  The legislature also carried over my legislation to abolish the death penalty to be potentially considered over the summer.                  I will highlight some of the other major bills we passed and discuss more bills and the budget in future columns.                 I carried a bill with Norfolk Delegate Jay Jones to authorize Virginia to join 20 other states that allow community net metering for electricity.  This bill, which passed both chambers with large bipartisan majorities, opens the door to solar energy for Virginians who live in communities with heavy tree cover, apartments, condominiums or for businesses that do not own their roofs.  It will enable them to purchase solar power and net the energy against their home meters, while reducing carbon-generated energy usage and purchasing a share of the energy generated by a solar project.                   Both bodies sent my bill banning hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” for natural gas east of Interstate 95 to Governor Northam for signature.  Both chambers also finalized my legislation requiring each state agency to designate an energy manager and energy reduction goals to help coordinate a reduction in energy usage by state agencies.  Thank you to my constituent Elizabeth Beardsley with the Green Buildings Council for the concept.                  The House also passed my bill to authorize the State Corporation Commission to approve 2,700 megawatts of energy storage, enough to power 2.7 million homes.  As we transition to a clean energy economy, we must also develop technology for night-time storage of energy generated during the day.  This requires significant advances in energy storage.  My legislation is a first step.                 Virginia will become the seventeenth state plus the District of Columbia to authorize temporary driver privilege cards for undocumented immigrants.  The legislation I carried with Senator Jennifer Boysko and Delegate Kathy Tran passed with a bipartisan vote in both chambers. It will pay for itself and likely generate significant long-term benefits for taxpayers, in addition to simply fostering a better quality of life for our newest Virginians and their families.  This legislation is projected to help about 240,000 drivers plus their children.                  The Majority Leader asked me to help negotiate the final minimum wage legislation with Mount Vernon Delegate Paul Krizek as members of the joint, six-person conference committee.  The final bill raises Virginia’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour effective January 1 and up to $12.50 by January 1, 2023 in annual $1/hr steps.  The wage can rise to $15.00 per hour in 2026 with an additional vote, narrows exemptions for disabled individuals while preserving exemptions for high school and seasonal workers.  The bill also requires various agencies to conduct a study to determine whether Virginia should enact regional minimum wage rates before moving wages to $15/hour.  A $15-per-hour wage would be nearly 90 percent of median family income in nearly two dozen Virginia localities.                 My legislation to authorize Fairfax and Arlington Counties to adopt ordinances to address retailers who fail to control their shopping carts passed both bodies with bipartisan majorities.  I have now removed over 230 shopping carts from Little Hunting Creek itself since 2014.  Residents in Springfield and Crystal City also reached out to me about their ongoing challenges when they heard of our problems in Hybla Valley.  Local governments will now be able to act.                 The House approved my bill to allow people to expunge public records relating to dismissed evictions.  There are over 200,000 dismissed eviction cases in Virginia each year.  Since most tenant application screenings are now done by automation and most algorithms do not distinguish between dismissed evictions and actual evictions, this will help potential tenants to clear their records.                 I encourage you to email me at scott@scottsurovell.org with your comments.

Weekly Column: One Week To Go!

March 4, 2020
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 1, 2020. The second-to-last week of the General Assembly was very busy with many long sessions including one night where we were on the floor until after 1:00 a.m.Two major firearms bills were sent to the Governor last week.  First, my legislation to authorize local governments to regulate firearms passed both chambers and is off to the Governor.  The bill will allow localities to regulate firearms in public buildings like government centers, police stations, libraries, community and recreation centers.  It will also allow regulation of parks and publicly permitted events such as farmer’s markets.Localities have been requesting this authority for well over a decade and was further underscored after the shooting that occurred during the Charlottesville Unite the Right March and firearms rights activists open carrying AR-15’s at the City of Alexandria Farmer’s Market.  All entrances where firearms are restricted will be required to be marked with signage so that people will not be caught off guard.   We also passed our “red flag” legislation that was patroned by Senator George Barker but that I helped to negotiate.  We patterned our legislation on a Florida law passed in 2018 that has resulted in thousands of firearms being removed from over 2,000 dangerous and mentally ill individuals.  I am hopeful it will help reduce mass shootings. My legislation to prohibit drivers from operating their vehicles with a phone in their hand is on the Governor’s desk.  Driving injuries and deaths are rising in the United States for the first time in decades.  Pedestrian deaths hit a 30 year high in 2019 and 7 pedestrians have been killed in Fairfax County in the first two months of 2020.   Texting while driving is an epidemic, our current law is unenforceable, and this bill will hopefully help make our roads a safer place.After a five-year fight, my legislation to lower proof burdens and raise consequences for vehicle drivers who injure cyclists and pedestrians passed the full house.  This legislation is called “vulnerable user” legislation and has passed in other states.  It also makes clear that cars cannot use marked bike lanes to pass other vehicles on the right which is a growing problem in the 36th District when cut through traffic becomes inpatient while using secondary roads.My legislation to help “microwineries” passed the House with the help of Delegate Paul Krizek.  A local veteran and his wife started the Woodlawn Winery in the 36thDistrict, but discovered that Virginia’s alcoholic beverage laws only allowed tastings of their product, but prohibit them from selling wine by the glass at their winery.  That will change effective July 1, 2020!I also passed two bills to reform our child support laws.  First, one of my bills authorized a court to order a parent to help pay for the pregnancy and birth expenses of their child.  Today, those expenses can only be recovered if someone challenges paternity.  Second, we passed my bill to allow courts or the Virginia Department of Child Support Enforcement to withhold wages from independent contractors such as persons who work for Uber, Lyft or as realtors.  This will help to reduce Virginia’s $2 billion child support arrearages.I also passed legislation to mostly prohibit homeowners and community associations from prohibiting electric vehicle chargers from being installed on owners’ property.  Several condominium associations have prohibited owners from installing chargers in their owned parking spots.  These bills are called “Right to Charge” bills and puts Virginia at the forefront of being electric vehicle-friendly.  We hope to finish work this coming week on many majors bills and our state budget.  If you have any feedback, please send me an email at scott@scottsurovell.org.    

Weekly Column: Assault Weapons Ban – Getting It Right

February 22, 2020
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 23, 2020. Assault Weapons Ban – Getting It RightLast week the Senate Judiciary Committee considered a House of Delegates’ bill to regulate assault rifles and other firearm attachments.  I have always supported stronger regulation of assault rifles.  I lived through the 2002 D.C. sniper attacks while crouching in my car getting gas to avoid being shot.  In 2016, three police officers including one of my constituents were shot with an AR-15.  Officer Ashley Guindon was killed on her first day on the job.  I do not support civilian ownership of weapons of war that are unnecessary for hunting or self-protection. Experts estimate that there are five to ten million assault weapons in the U.S., including at least 100,000 in Virginia.  The proposed House bill felonized the sale or transfer of assault weapons, certain magazines and silencers, and had no buyback program for assault rifles.  It felonized the possession of certain magazines and silencers after two years.  We repeatedly advised the House that the votes did not exist in the Senate, but the House chose to send the bill over by a one vote margin with three House Democrats voting “no” and one not voting.   In our chamber, multiple Senators were concerned that the House bill did not “grandfather” guns owned by existing owners, specific legal disposal rules, and questioned the absence of an explicit, funded gun buyback program which could turn a ban into a constitutional taking requiring government compensation.  They also pointed out that many of the assault weapon features described in the ban bill are also on other types of weapons, therefore likely creating confusion for law enforcement officers and civilians and making it unclear exactly which guns were banned.  They were clear they would not support passage this session.  The bill was also not endorsed or a priority for Mom's Demand Action, Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, or Everytown for Gun Safety. I joined three Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee to continue the bill to the 2021 session and refer it to the Crime Commission so experts can refine and clarify the bill. That will also give us time to hold fuller public hearings over the summer or fall.  We expect the Crime Commission to fully analyze and clarify the bill to carry out our intent. I am wholly committed to seeing this through and we did not “kill the assault weapons bill.”We have made significant progress on firearm violence prevention.  We have passed (1) universal background checks, (2) reinstating Virginia’s “one-gun-a-month” purchase limit, (3) emergency risk protection or “red flag” orders, (4) authorizing local governments to regulate guns in public buildings, parks and events, (5) allowing firearm forfeiture during protective order proceedings, (6) banned bump stocks, and (7) increased penalties for child access.  Legislation to broaden the crimes that surrender firearms rights to misdemeanor stalking and sexual battery is pending along with my voluntary Do Not Sell List legislation.  Passage of these bills is unprecedented and historic.   Many Other Bills Advance With three weeks left, we have two dozen major bills on education, transportation, energy, environment, labor, criminal justice reform, equity and a $110 billion budget to consider. The legislature has sent at least 15 of my bills to Governor Ralph Northam, including my legislation prohibiting holding a phone while driving and a bill banning “conversion therapy.”  My legislation to tighten up Virginia’s loose predatory lending laws awaits the Governor’s signature and predatory lending establishments, like those dotting the U.S. 1 Corridor, must stop charging 120-400 percent interest rates on six-month loans and will likely pack up and leave.  Both the House and Senate budgets included my initiative to conduct a study to extend the Blue Line Metro to Prince William County.     The Senate also approved over $1.2 billion in new funding for K-12, a three percent pay raise for teachers, 200 new school counselors, $81 million for subsidized preschool and $96 million for free community college for some disadvantaged students.  We voted to create Medicaid-funded adult dental coverage, a five percent pay increase for home health care workers and increased mental health care funding.  We proposed the largest contribution ever to the Water Quality Improvement Fund.   A joint House-Senate committee will now resolve the differences in the two budget bills.  This is an historic session.  I hope you will  email your comments to me at scott@scottsurovell.org.

Weekly Column: Big Changes Coming in Energy, Civil Justice, and Labor Laws

February 16, 2020
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 10, 2020. The Sixth week of the General Assembly brought us to “Crossover” – the day each chamber is required to cease work on their own bills and work on bills from the other Chamber.The last two days brought furious action on many major bills.  Forty-three of my own bills crossed over to the House of Delegates.  Last week, the Senate passed my legislation creating driver privilege cards for undocumented immigrants for the first time and on a bipartisan basis.  We still have work to do in order to reconcile the House and Senate bills, but it will change the lives of over 100,000 Virginia residents. We also passed my legislation authorizing state-level class action lawsuits.  Forty-eight other states and the District of Columbia already allow similar lawsuits.  The lack of such remedies in Virginia mean that corporations can steal money from Virginians in smaller amounts and never face justice.  The Senate also approved my bill allowing people to expunge evictions that have been dismissed.  Companies have begun to collect and disseminate eviction records to landlords and the existence of multiple dismissed and unfounded eviction cases can present a barrier to property rental.  My bill will allow people to clear unfounded lawsuits from their third party data files.We also passed my bill to create the Virginia Efficient and Resilient Buildings Board.  It requires each state agency to designate an energy manager to monitor and reduce energy consumption over time.  Energy efficiency is America’s cheapest energy resource to access and I appreciate the collaboration with my constituent Elizabeth Beardsley and the United States Green Buildings Council who brought this concept to my attention.The Senate also approved my bill I am carrying with Delegate Kathleen Murphy to create two hundred $4,000 college scholarships for children in families who receive Temporary Need for Families (TANF).  The bill has passed the Senate four times but always dies in the House.  This year will be different.  Beyond my own bills, we took action on majority legislation.  Senator Adam Ebbin’s marijuana decriminalization bill passed with a large bipartisan majority.  The bill is not perfect, but an appropriate first step as we move towards legalization.I helped to negotiate the Senate’s proposed minimum wage increase.  The bill increases the state minimum wage to $9.50/hour starting January 1, 2021.  The wage then increases $1/hour per year starting July 1, 2022 until it reaches $15/hour and then increases with the Consumer Price Index.  Other parts of Virginia would be divided into Wage Regions and the wage increased on a basis relative to their Median Family Income compared with Northern Virginia.  We also created an exemption for training employees and students employed part-time while in college or high school.  The House approach is much different and must be reconciled.Both chambers passed legislation allowing collective bargaining by public employees, ending Virginia’s ban on project labor agreements, and allowing localities to require prevailing wages to be paid in public contracts.  We also passed legislation creating private actions for worker misclassification, employer retaliation for reporting illegal conduct, and wage theft.  On the energy front, we passed bills endorsing a renewable energy portfolio standard or mandate that utilities shift to renewable energy by certain deadlines.  We created a framework to authorize a $2 billion investment in offshore wind that will make Virginia and Hampton Roads a national leader in technology deployment.  We also passed legislation to official join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) also known as “Reggie.”   Joining this compact will give the Commonwealth greater flexibility in reducing carbon emissions and net the Commonwealth $100 million per year in revenue given the progress we have made this far relative to other compact states.We also passed Senator Adam Ebbin’s legislation authorizing a statewide tax on plastic bags of $0.05 per bag.  It only applies to bags in grocery, convenience, and drug stores, but not restaurants.  The monies will go to the General Fund and retailers will be allowed to keep $0.02 of the tax to defray the costs of collection.Each chambers’ proposed budgets will come out before this goes to print and we will also begin work on legislation from the opposite chamber and the state budget.  Please send me any feedback at scott@scottsurovell.org.   

Weekly Column: The Virginia Legislature Is Addressing Many Concerns

February 9, 2020
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 10, 2020. The Virginia Legislature Is Addressing Many Concerns  In the fifth week of the Virginia General Assembly session, the Senate passed my legislation increasing the requirement for auto insurance minimum liability from $25,000 to $35,000 and minimum property damage covered from $20,000 to $40,000.  These minimums have not been adjusted since 1975 when cars cost $4,400 on average and medical bills were much lower.  The failure to raise these means that many injured people are not receiving fair compensation for their injuries or property damage.    The Senate passed a bill to repeal Virginia’s requirement that people produce a photo identification to vote.  This was Virginia law prior to 2012.  Upon enactment, after July 1, 2020, voters will need to show specified identification at the poll check-in, but if they do not have any of the proper forms of identification, they will still be allowed to vote after signing an affirmation of their identity, subject to violation of a felony for lying.  This system worked fine for decades without any incidents of voter fraud.  We should not assume that every person, like some of our seniors or the permanently disabled, has a government-issued, photo identification. The Senate passed my legislation authorizing a new Public Defender’s Office for Prince William County, the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.  This is the first new public defender’s office established in Virginia since 2004.  It will create at least 25 new attorney positions and ten support staff.  Numerous studies have verified that permanent public defender’s offices produce better outcomes thanand will improve the quality of justice in Northern Virginia.    The Senate also approved my bill allowing what is called “community net metering.”  Today, a business or consumer can only net the energy from a solar panel against their electric meter if the panel is connected to their personal meter.  My legislation would allow a company to construct solar panels and allow consumers to purchase a share of the energy from the panels and net the energy generated from the panels to their personal bill even if it is not connected.  This will enable consumers in older neighborhoods with heavy tree cover to power their homes with solar energy, an alternative to polluting, carbon-based fuels like coal that have traditionally powered our electricity.  I am glad I have made some progress on this after trying for eight years.   My bill authorizing the State Corporation Commission to approve investments in 2700 megawatts of energy storage is also on track to pass.  As we move to cleaner, more renewable energy production, we must have technologies to store energy so we can produce non-polluting electricity when solar panels cannot produce.  The Senate Finance Committee reported my legislation to grant driving privileges to undocumented immigrants.  The District of Columbia, Maryland and the other 15 states that have taken this step have seen numerous positive benefits, including reduced accidents and hit-and-run incidents increased licensing revenues and increased collaboration with law enforcement.  One in four residents of the 36thDistrict were born outside of the United States and thousands will benefit here in our community.    The Senate Judiciary Committee continued my bill to 2021 to repeal the death penalty.  I believe there are enough votes to move forward, but legislators wanted more time for consideration and with over 3,000 bills our dockets are overloaded.   The Senate Finance Committee sent to the Senate my bill to create a “Do Not Sell Firearms List” so people can voluntarily enroll if they have suicidal tendencies.  This could be a useful tool for people who experience episodic depressive episodes or impulse control challenges.  “Crossover” will occur this week, the day that we must complete work on bills originating in our chamber and then move to bills from the other chamber.  In the Senate, we will vote on predatory lending, carbon reduction targets, offshore wind investments, how to draw elected officials’ districts, gun bumpstocks, casino and sports betting, transportation funding and restructuring, minimum wage, marijuana decriminalization, public employee collective bargaining, wage theft, and criminal justice reform.   It will be a very busy and hopefully productive week.  Stay tuned.  If you have any feedback, please email me at scott@scottsurovell.org.    

Weekly Column: Week #4 - Important Bills Are Moving

February 2, 2020
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 17, 2020. Important Bills Are Moving In the fourth week of our historic General Assembly session, both the Senate and the House of Delegates voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment after a 50 year battle.  Our Clerks transmitted the ratifications to the Archivist of the United States of America and now the battle moves to Congress and the courts.   We had a lengthy debate in the Senate on repealing unnecessary restrictions on women’s access to reproductive health, including requiring an intrusive, medically-unnecessary ultrasound before seeking an abortion and rules designed to make abortion clinics extremely expensive to construct.  The Senate voted 20-20 and the Lieutenant Governor broke the tie to approve the measure.   On Tuesday, the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee passed my legislation to eviscerate predatory lending in Virginia.  The bill provides a 36% interest rate cap with monthly fees that result in annual percentage Interest rates (APR’s) of 50-110%, depending on the length of the loan.  The longer the loan, the smaller the rate.  The bill would prohibit the 267% loans currently allowed at title lenders, businesses that have exploded along U.S. 1 and online loans currently made at rates exceeding 400%.  I expect a tough Senate floor fight. The House has already passed similar legislation. The Senate Transportation Committee approved my bill to repeal the 2004 law requiring drivers to prove legal status to obtain a Virginia driver’s license. I have worked for five years with Senator Jennifer Boysko and Republican Delegate Rob Bloxsom to pass this bill.  The implementation of federal Real ID rules eliminates the need for drivers to prove legal status which is required for a Real ID compliant driver’s license and this proposal is the top priority for my Hispanic constituents.  It will make our streets safer and enhance everyone’s quality of life.  Imagine trying to live in our society without a driver’s license.  On a 33 to seven vote, the Senate passed my legislation prohibiting drivers from using handheld phones in moving vehicles.  Similar legislation is moving through the House and enactment looks promising.  This will reduce accidents and make our roads safer.                 My legislation to empower Northern Virginia localities to hold retailers accountable for failing to control their shopping carts passed the Senate 20 to 19.  To me, this is like someone, in effect, allowing their property to be stolen thousands of times and continually expecting others to clean up the mess.  I am thankful for support from Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay and Supervisors Rodney Lusk and Dan Storck who have promised to implement this authority when enacted.                The Senate approved my bill to prohibit hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” east of Interstate-95 and now the House of Delegates will consider it.                On January 27 and 28, my eight Puller Institute students from West Potomac, Mount Vernon, Hayfield, Osborne Park and Brooke Point High Schools visited Richmond.  They met with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, other elected officials, government relations professionals and were interviewed for public access cable television.  I look forward to their project submissions.   Mike Rizzo, the General Manager of the Washington Nationals baseball team also visited us and I learned that many Nationals’ employees, including the team’s Communications Director, live in the 36th District (Its an easy Metro ride or commute to and from Nats’ Park!).   A few of my bills found their lives cut short.  The Senate Finance Committee continued my proposal to reinstate the estate tax to the next session.  The bill exempted family farms, closely-held businesses and any couple worth less than $23.5 million and would generate about $600 million per decade.  I will try again next year.  My bill to rename and refocus the Crime Commission on broader justice issues also failed, along with my bill to create an exception to contributory negligence for bike and pedestrian collisions.                  This coming week we will address major issues, including the death penalty, decarbonizing our economy, criminal justice reform and protecting personal data.  Hard work on the budget also begins.                  Please visit me in Richmond, complete my constituent survey at http://scottsurovell.org/2020-constituent-survey/ and email me at scott@scottsurovell.org if you have any feedback! It is an honor to serve as your State Senator. 

Weekly Column: Fracking Ban, No Excuse Voting, and Pedestrian Safety Bills Move Forward

January 29, 2020
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 17, 2020.                First, Monday brought a large firearms rights protest to Capitol Square.  Over 20,000 Virginians protested on and off Capitol Grounds.  Several arrests were made before the protest due to anarchists discussing shooting during the protests.  Most counter protestors stayed away to avoid creating conflict.                 I met with about 30 firearms rights supporters including a handful of my constituents in my office.  We discussed several bills including our “red flag” bill which was the largest focus.  While we agreed to disagree about many matters, we had a very civil discussion and I appreciated their input.               On Tuesday, the Senate passed Senator George Barker’s “red flag” bill that I helped to negotiate.  This bill was probably the most controversial of the four firearm violence prevention bills that was passed, but it is the bill that is mostly likely to prevent mass shootings.                Some of my environmental bills have also started to move.  The Senate Agriculture Committee passed my legislation to prohibiting hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in the Potomac Aquifer which is effective all of Virginia east of Interstate 95.  The Potomac Aquifer is the drinking water source for four million Virginians and four years ago, a company purchased 85,000 acres of leases to extract natural gas on the Northern Neck and Middle Penninsula.  The bill died on a tie vote two years ago.  I am hopeful that it will pass this year.                Also, my bill to prohibit homeowner and condo associations from prohibiting owners from installing electric vehicle chargers passed.  I also passed legislation that would require realtors to advice home buyers of the availability of home energy audits when purchasing a home.  This means that buyers will be given a possible home energy audit addendum similar to a home inspection addendum.  This will encourage parties to make repairs to a home to save energy before it is sold.  Wasted energy is America’s cheapest new energy source.                 My legislation to prohibit driving a moving vehicle with a phone in your hand passed the Senate Transportation Committee on a 12-3 vote.  It will be in the floor this week for a final vote in the Senate.  I am optimistic that it will finally pass this year.  The full Senate also passed my legislation to clarify that vehicles cannot use bike lanes to pass other vehicles and to enhance penalties for drivers who seriously injure pedestrians and cyclists while distracted or careless.  Car collisions and deaths continue to rise after a 50-year decline.  This is further reinforced by the three pedestrian deaths we saw on U.S.1 in just the first three weeks of the year.                  My legislation to prohibit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries from leasing duck blinds on Little Hunting Creek, Dogue Creek, and Great Hunting Creek passed the full Senate.  There is no reason people should be hunting birds with shotguns so close to homes.                We passed legislation to expand early voting with no excuse to a full 45-days before the election.  I am hopeful that this will significantly expand voter turnout.  We will be hearing further voting reforms next week.                  On Monday this week, I am looking forward to a visit from the eight area high school students who are part of the Puller Institute.  My legislation to restrict predatory lending will be hear.  We will also be debating minimum wage, new labor protections, marijuana decriminalization, and major energy reform legislation.                   It is an honor to serve as your state senator.  Please email me at scott@scottsurovell.org if you have any feedback. 

Weekly Column: Virginia Legislature Moved Quickly on Equal Rights and Gun Violence Prevention

January 20, 2020
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 17, 2020. Virginia Legislature Moved Quickly on Equal Rights and Gun Violence PreventionThe second week of the General Assembly Session put us at the center of American history.  We moved several long-delayed, legislative priorities.                On Wednesday, both the Senate and the House passed resolutions to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to make Virginia the 38th and final state to ratify the Constitutional amendment.  The Senate has passed the resolution at least six times in past years, but the House of Delegates has never approved it.  Ratification will hopefully bring equal rights to 160 million women in America and attention will now shift to the U. S. Congress. Congress can abolish or extend the 1982 ratification deadline they previously set.  I was proud to carry this legislation every year since 2012 and even during years when few people were paying attention.  Virginia is finally on the right side of history for the first time in about 150 years.            On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which I serve, had its first meeting and we immediately addressed firearm violence prevention.  We considered, modified and passed four bills, three of which the full Senate passed later in the week and one of which was continued for final vote this Tuesday.                The Senate passed legislation reinstating Virginia’s one handgun per month law.  This became law in 1993 and   Virginia became the primary source for most guns confiscated from criminal activity in New York City.    The legislature repealed it in 2012 after a sustained campaign by the National Rifle Association.  Under the current bill, people who possess Virginia concealed weapons permits would be exempt from the law.                We also passed legislation requiring the seller of all firearms to undergo a criminal background check.  Today, people making all purchases from federally-licensed firearm dealers must undergo these checks, but individuals who are unable to purchase or possess firearms, such as felons or people convicted of domestic assault can illegally purchase firearms by purchasing them from private individuals.  The original legislation also applied to firearms transfers with some exceptions, but several members of our caucus were concerned we would unintentionally criminalize some hunting activities so we  removed that provision.                The Senate also approved my bill to give local governments more authority over firearms  and combined it with four other bills.  The final bill would allow local governments to prohibit firearms in public buildings, public parks and at locally-permitted events if restrictions are properly posted.  This was a major priority for me after the violent events in Charlottesville and men carrying  AR-15 riflesat the Alexandria Farmer’s Market “to educate the public about their Second Amendment rights.”  Virginia already authorizes localities to regulate firearms in some circumstances, so I did not see this as a major extension of existing law.                The Judiciary Committee passed so-called “red flag” legislation.  The bill that the Senate will vote on on Thursday will allow a magistrate to enter an order requiring people to surrender their guns if it is shown that they are a threat to themselves or other persons because of their firearms.  No order can be issued without a law enforcement investigation and individuals must be given a chance to voluntarily surrender their weapons before law enforcement can involuntarily seize them.  The law also provides for a second hearing for the person to contest the allegation after full discovery.  I expect the Senate to pass this bill soon.                The Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee my legislation prohibiting duck hunting blinds on Little Hunting Creek, Great Hunting Creek and Dogue Creek .  My bill to create a Public Defender’s Office in Prince William County passed out of committee unanimously.                The Senate Health and Education Committee approved my bill to prohibit providing “conversion therapy” to minors, along with my lbillto eliminate the terms “husband” and “wife” from our divorce law to be replaced with the word “spouse.”                I have posted my 2020 Constituent Survey online at http://scottsurovell.org/2020-constituent-survey/.  Please complete it so I can hear from you about important issues this session, my legislation or anything else you would like to communicate.                You can also reach me at scott@scottsurovell.org.  It is an honor to serve as your state senator.

Weekly Column: First Week Brings New Majority and New Priorities

January 13, 2020
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 10, 2020. On Wednesday, January 8, I was sworn in for my second term as the State Senator for the 36th District for the next four years.  This this session will be my eleventh Regular Session and it is proving to be an exciting time to be in the General Assembly of Virginia.This marks the first time that the Democratic Caucuses have held a majority of seats along with a Democratic Governor since I was in law school twenty-six years ago.  We are poised to make significant policy changes in Virginia that will provide long-term benefits to the Commonwealth. The Senate Democratic Caucus chose me to serve under the Majority Leader and Caucus Chairman as the Vice Chairman of the Caucus.  I am excited and honored to serve in this new role - especially as we assume the majority.   I was also appointed to four new committees including Judiciary, Commerce and Labor, Transportation and Privileges and Elections.  I will also serve on the Criminal Law Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee and I am returning to the Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee.  I have filed over sixty bills and twenty-five budget amendments covering a variety of topics including criminal and civil justice reform, consumer privacy, predatory lending reform, firearm violence prevention, women’s rights, immigration reform, affordable housing, economic justice, and environmental protection.   You can see my bills online at the Legislative Information System at lis.virginia.gov.    More specifically, I am proud of the coalition we have assembled to create a new Public Defender’s Office for Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.  The combined jurisdictions are 100,000 larger than the second largest jurisdiction in Virginia and it will be the first time since 2005 that Virginia has expanded its 25 public defender offices.  Governor Northam included funding in his budget and I am very optimistic.My legislation prohibition Virginians from driving with a phone in their hand should have an easier time this session.  Likewise, my bills to enhance remedies against drivers who injure pedestrians and cyclists have passed the Senate repeatedly should have a good chance of becoming law.  Cyclists and pedestrian deaths are increasing over the last five years after decades of declines. Senator Surovell Presenting Firearm Violence Prevention Bills I am carrying three firearm violence prevention measures.  One would give localities the authority regulate firearms at locally permitted events such as farmer’s markets and protests.  The second would allow individuals to voluntarily place themselves on a firearm “Do No Sell List” as a precaution against suicide.  The third will prohibit duck blinds in Little Hunting Creek where hunting is illegal but the Commonwealth has continued to lease duck hunting blinds.    I have again introduced my bill to authorize localities to regulate loose shopping carts – a major problem in the U.S. 1 Corridor and other retail areas like Springfield.  Neither state or federal environmental law have any regulation of above ground chemical tanks.  My bill will fill that void.  I am also carrying bills to promote energy audits, provide grants for solar panels, solar thermal heating, electric vehicles and geothermal heat pump systems.  I have also introduced legislation to require utilities to allow groups of homeowners to pool their resources, erect solar panels and net the output against their home meters which is needed in established wooded neighborhoods in much of the 36th District.    The Joint Rules Committee also adopted rules prohibited any person, including legislators, except for full-time law enforcement officers from brining firearms into the State Capitol or our office building.  Through the years, it was common to see AR-15’s or pistols in the Capitol or our offices – especially on the Martin Luther King Holiday (which is also gun lobby day).  I am optimistic the new rules will make safer for everyone.If you have any feedback, you can reach me at scott@scottsurovell.org.  It is an honor to serve as your state senator.

Weekly Column: Getting Bills Ready for the 2020 State Legislature

December 2, 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 December 2, 2019. Getting Bills Ready for the 2020 State LegislatureThe 2020 Virginia General Assembly will convene in about a month and legislators are now preparing bills to propose.   Many constituents and advocacy groups are proposing legislation. Two weeks ago, I reported on some of the bigger issues we are likely to tackle.  In this column, I am covering a few of the bills that I will introduce.  I will discuss more in future columns. In the 2018 and 2019 sessions, we came very close to passing legislation prohibiting drivers from having a phone in their hand in a moving vehicle.  In the last session, we approved legislation to prohibit this in construction zones, but the Speaker killed it by ruling Governor Ralph Northam’s attempt to widen it to all highways not germane.  It will pass this session.  I will propose several predatory lending reforms.  Using Native American tribes as fronts, online lenders continue to make loans over the internet in Virginia at over 400 percent interest rates and requiring far off tribal arbitration for disputes.  Other states have enacted consumer protections, including steps to rein in interest rates, fees, collection practices and repeat loans.  I will introduce bills to curb firearm violence.  The Unite the Right March in Charlottesville coupled with the four-armed men who appeared at the Alexandria Farmer’s Market in September underscore the need for local governments to have the ability to prohibit firearms at permitted public events.  Second, suicide is the leading cause of firearm death in Virginia.  One of my bills will allow people to place themselves on a “do-not-sell” list for firearms so they cannot be sold a gun if they have a moment of weakness.  Third, Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is still allowing permittees to license duck blinds in counties and areas where duck hunting is illegal under local ordinances.  I will introduce legislation to fix this along with Delegate Paul Krizek. I will introduce a bill to create a new Public Defender’s Office for Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.  Virginia currently has 25 public defender offices, but Virginia’s second-largest jurisdiction does not.  A public defender’s office will professionalize defense representation, improve justice outcomes and cost taxpayers little more than funding private court-appointed counsel.  In the late 1990s, Virginia required the use of alternative sentencing analyses to inform judges when convicted defendants should be considered for non-prison sentences.  Over time, judges have ignored these recommendations more than followed them.  I will carry legislation requiring the state to assemble data on judicial use of this data and require probation officers to provide findings about the costs of various sentencing alternatives to the courts before a judge renders a final sentence in a case.  This would hopefully encourage more informed decision-making and better outcomes. Virginia’s civil justice system should also be modernized.  Virginia and Mississippi are the only states in America that do not allow class action lawsuits.  Virginia also still adheres to ancient doctrines that punish largely innocent collision victims, and we have not adjusted Virginia’s auto insurance minimum policy limits since the 1970s when medical care cost a fraction of today’s cost and the average car cost 25 percent of today’s vehicles.  This allows wrongdoers to escape responsibility and leaves innocent collision victims holding the bag for their own injuries. Virginia’s three boards governing mental health professionals issued regulations prohibiting therapies that attempt to change one’s sexual orientation, known as “conversion therapy.” We need to put that prohibition into law to ensure that it will not be reversed.  I will introduce that bill. For the last four sessions, I have introduced legislation to address the lack of available driving permits for many of my immigrant constituents.  Since 2014, Maryland and the District of Columbia have allowed driving permits to anyone who can show that they pay taxes, pass a driving test and pay fees.  My bill has died in committee by one vote each year.  I am hopeful the new majority will mean a better outcome. It is an honor to serve as your state senator.  Please email me at scott@scottsurovell.orgif you have any questions or feedback.  

Weekly Column: 2020 Virginia Legislature to Consider Many Reforms

November 17, 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 November 17, 2019. 2020 Virginia Legislature to Consider Many Reforms          Election Day, November 5, 2019, brought a political earthquake to Virginia.  The Governor’s office, House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia will be controlled by Democrats for the first time since 1991.  Virginians voted for change and we are likely to see significant changes in Virginia policy after nearly 30 years of delayed and avoided actions.  The 2020 Session is a welcomed opportunity to bring Virginia up to speed with the rest of the country.  Your state legislators are now preparing for the 2020 General Assembly session which will begin on January 8 and end in March.               People should expect to see funding for education at all levels prioritized.  Virginia’s teacher salaries have dropped from the top third in the country to the bottom third over the last three decades.  This hurts teacher recruitment and retention and ultimately the quality of education.  We will work for progress toward universal preschool.  Virginia’s state-supported colleges now have some of the highest tuition rates in the United States.  I expect the legislature to work toward lowering tuition.               Voting reforms will be high on the agenda, including expanding early voting.  I will work to move state and local elections to even years, but that may take time and requires a state constitutional change.               Virginia’s criminal justice system is unnecessarily punitive, has significant racial disparities and falls short on rehabilitation.  We will likely revisit Virginia’s still low misdemeanor-felony threshold of $500, along with measures to increase diversion, promote expungement and second chances and reconsider mandatory minimum sentences.              We will move the long-overdue Equal Rights Act ratification early in the session. The legislature will also put Roe v. Wade into law to protect against the U.S. Supreme Court going backwards.  We are also likely to revisit Virginia’s mandatory ultrasound requirement for women exercising their constitutional reproductive rights.               Several groups have ranked Virginia as the worst state in which to be an employee.  The General Assembly will consider raising the $15 minimum wage phased in over time. We will also address measures to strengthen workers’ rights, including eliminating the ban on project labor agreements in public contracts, requiring a prevailing wage in public contracts and measures to provide real remedies to employees who experience wage theft.                 Virginia has a recent history of hostility to people in our lesbian-gay-bisexual-Transgendered (LGBT community).  We will be considering measures to prohibit discrimination in housing and employment against LGBT Virginians and prohibiting the misguided practice of conversion therapy.                Virginia’s newest residents have also been unfairly demonized over the last two decades.  My legislation to provide one-year driver’s privilege cards to certain undocumented immigrants will finally receive serious consideration along with in-state tuition privileges for Virginia children brought to the United States as minors.               The legislature will give serious attention to investments in wind and solar energy, including incentives to make it easier and more affordable for Virginians to install solar panels on their own homes.  We will also likely consider mandating renewable energy targets for the entire state.  These measures will help reduce polluting, carbon-based, greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet at unsustainable rates.               The General Assembly will finally truly take on predatory lending.   Online lenders who charge 400% interest rates and hide behind out-of-state Native American tribes will face regulation.  Car title lenders who currently charge 267% interest rates authorized by Virginia law will likely face lower rates.               Many of these changes will require additional resources. Virginia should not have repealed its estate tax in 2008.  The repeal only affected about 50-100 families per year and has cost taxpayers nearly $2 billion since it was done.  Virginia’s income tax is effectively a flat tax given that our top bracket is a $17,500.                Considering all of these changes will not be easy and will require significant time, focus and consideration.  Public support is critical and feedback from constituents is important to make sure the General Assembly gets these proposals right.               As we work toward fulfilling our commitments to voters and prioritizing policies, I look forward to your comments and encourage you to reach out to me at scott@scottsurovell.org.  It is an honor to serve as your state senator.

Get Up to Speed on 395 Express Lanes Opening!

November 13, 2019
On November 17th, 2019, the I-395 Express Lanes will open to E-ZPass® or E-ZPass® Flex holders. This will allow single-occupancy vehicles to use the high-occupancy vehicles lane at all hours. The 395 Express Lanes project has been underway since August 2017, and with its completion, Northern Virginia commuters will notice the improvement of traffic flow and safety on our interstate. The route will continuously run for 8 miles from Aquia Harbor in Stafford County to the 14th Street Bridge. The new Express Lanes will provide 3 free-flowing, reversible Lanes 24/7 with quicker access to the Pentagon and Pentagon City. Transurban, the operator of the 395 Express Lanes, will transfer Virginia with $15 million per year to improve transit service in the corridor. Toll prices will be based on a real-time dynamic pricing system similar to what presently exists on I-495, I-95, and I-66. Here's how you can travel the lanes for free: Carpools with 3 people or more and an E-ZPass® Flex can ride for free. Buses travel on the 395 Express Lanes for free, providing a faster, more reliable way to commute. There is no toll for customers on a motorcycle and you don’t need an E-ZPass® to take a trip on the 395 Express Lanes.  Hybrid vehicles are no longer allowed to ride on the lanes for free unless they meet one of the above exceptions. Even if drivers don’t choose to use the Express Lanes, overall traffic flow will improve.  Northern Virginia has seen a 20% reduction in congestion on the regular lanes on I-95 and I-495 since the Express Lanes opened and Transurban anticipates that the 395 Express Lanes will further reduce congestion in the region.  As part of the project agreement, Transurban will provide the Commonwealth with $15 million per year to invest in transit projects in the 95 and 395 corridors. The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission will administer the program and choose projects that benefit toll-paying customers and travelers in the corridor.

Montclair Traffic Calming Feedback Needed!

October 11, 2019
Montclair Community in Dumfries, VA Earlier this week, Prince William County Department of Transportation proposed three alternatives for changes to the Waterway-Silvan Glen intersection in Montclair. Delegate Elizabeth Guzman and I are bringing these options to the community to invite your feedback. Please review the information from PWCDOT below and complete the form HERE or at the bottom of this blog post so you can make your voice heard!Waterway suffers from increased traffic volumes and speeding due to electronic way-finding services such as Google Maps and Waze. When traffic backs up on Minnieville and Dumfries Road, it spills into neighborhood streets like Cardinal Drive and Waterway. While I have introduced legislation to allow localities to designate certain streets to be excluded from electronic routing registries, they have not passed committee. The map below shows data gathered by VDOT regarding average traffic volumes and speeds. Increased speed and volume have become a major concern at Waterway and Silvan Glen because of children entering and leaving Henderson Elementary School. Many parents whose children live close enough to walk are concerned for their children's safety when crossing Waterway to get to school.PWCDOT has proposed the proposals on the left. County staff are now reviewing these proposals with school and police staff, finalizing the analysis, and will make a recommendation to VDOT after everything is completed.  The proposal will also be presented to the Montclair Homeowners Association for feedback and endorsement.  The first proposal does away with the southern cross walk and creates an area for respite on the median in the middle of Waterway. It would also add a streetlight on the northeast corner.The second proposal would retain the southern crosswalk but also move the northern crosswalk up on to the median and add a streetlight to improve visibility.We need feedback from Montclair residents to forward to VDOT regarding the proposal.  Every comment completed on the form below will be forwarded to VDOT.Ultimately, speeding poses the greatest risk to safety.  Pole mounted speed indicators have proven effective at lowering speeds on neighborhood roads. As shown on the right, Prince William County is also proposing to add one to the north of this intersection.Please provide your feedback below.Loading…

Weekly Column: Assault Weapons and Farmer's Markets Don't Mix

September 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 September 8, 2019. Every Saturday morning, my father and 12 year-old son go to the Alexandria Farmer’s Market.  My son gets cookies.  My dad gets ham biscuits.  Two weeks ago, they brought me some homemade salsa.  This weekend, they got something else. Four men in a group called “The Right to Bear Arms” showed up at the Alexandria City Farmer’s Market carrying AR-15 assault rifles outfitted with scopes and bipods for sniping.  According to a video one of the group members, they staged this action to “educate people” about gun rights and “exercising our constitutional rights without fear to do so.”  The video is also filled with the usual references to freedom and the government taking away rights if you do not use them.  He also indicated they intended to do these kind of “monthly walks.” While the current President has lowered the bar for socially acceptable political conduct and while this was technically legal, this was outrageous. It never escapes me that Malvo and Muhammad terrorized Northern Virginia for two weeks using an AR-15.  Every time I hear that word, it triggers memories for me of the ten people who were murdered and three others, including a 13 year-old child, who were shot in 2002.  Those memories have only been reinforced with by the recent carnage inflicted by the AR-15 including Poway, Aurora, Orlando, Parkland, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, Waffle House, San Bernandino,  Sutherland Springs, El Paso, Tree of Life and Midland/Odesa two weeks ago.  The sight of an AR-15 in public is anything but reassuring.  These “education lessons” are extremely dangerous.  Perusing a farmer’s market with an assault rifle in a country that sees an assault rifle related mass shooting about six times per year is more likely to promote shock, fear, and terror than it is likely to “educate” anyone.  If anything, the presence of an AR-15 is more likely to incite violence than to deter it. The United States and Virginia are currently being strangled by a small minority who wield political power orders of magnitude larger than their numbers.  Background checks are supported by over 90% of the public.  “Red Flag Laws” that would allow judges to take guns away from dangerous persons are supported by over 80%.  Law limiting ammunition clips are supported by over 60% of voters.  Assault weapon bans have majority support.  None of these bills are capable of passing Republican-controlled General Assembly or the U.S. Senate because of internal Republican Party politics. There is no question in my mind that this past weekend’s actions were not done to “educate” anyone – they were done to threaten, intimidate and terrorize a community that believes firearms should be more tightly regulated.  The First Amendment protects speech, but it does not protect physical threats.  While the vast majority of gun owners are law abiding citizens and would never dream of parading their weapons in public spaces, this incident demonstrates there is a minority who are irresponsible.  Similarly, while most people drive safely, there are others who would be happy to drive 100 MPH on the Beltway.  We have rules to keep our communities safe and control small groups of people who are incapable of being either responsible or exercising self-control.  Fairfax County, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria (but not Prince William County) already wisely prohibit the carriage of loaded rifles in automobiles, but this incident only underscores the need for the Commonwealth to prohibit the open carry of assault weapons at a minimum at permitted events or at public assemblages.  Alternatively, the Commonwealth should consider allowing localities to regulate the public carriage of assault rifles to consistent with the expectations of each local community.  I am sure we will be taking this up next session in Richmond.  In the meantime, my advice for this group called “The Right to Bear Arms” is simple: Go home and stay away.  You are doing anything to help your cause.  People go to Farmer’s Markets to buy local food.  They don’t go there for lessons in firearm rights, terrorism, bullying, intimidation or demonstrations of male insecurity.  Feel free to send me any feedback at scott@scottsurovell.org. 

Hurricane Dorian

September 3, 2019
Hurricane Dorian is currently battering the Bahamas and is expected to turn north along the Atlantic Coast. The Governor declared a state of emergency for the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Now is the time to prepare for this storm. Our region could experience high winds and heavy rain which may cause flooding and power outages. I have outlined a few resources below. You may call my office throughout the storm for assistance at 571-249-4484.From Dominion's Hurricane Preparedness Guide Update the phone number on your Dominion Energy account. Login into Manage Account or call 866-366-4357 to change your phone number. In the event of an outage, this will help you report your outage. Review evacuation zones. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has an evacuation zone look up tool to assist you in preparing for hurricanes. If a family member uses medical equipment, review emergency plans to relocate if necessary. If you own a generator, familiarize yourself with connecting and operating it before a storm arrives. Make sure your cars have a full tank of gas and remember to fill extra gas cans for generators. Tie down loose items outside or properly store them to prevent extra damage. Disaster kit items The National Weather Service recommends creating a basic disaster kit. Store the items in airtight plastic bags and put the entire kit in easy-to-carry containers (plastic bins, duffel bag). A basic kit could include the following items: Water: one gallon per person per day (at least a 3 day supply) Non-perishable food: canned meats and vegetables, protein or fruit bars, dry cereal, food for infants. Battery-powered radio Flash light First Aid kit Extra batteries Manual can opener Local maps Cell phone chargers and extra battery packs Personal emergency items Along with the essential items, remember to pack your disaster kit for your individual needs. Prescription and non-prescription medications. Infant food, bottles, wipes, diapers, etc. Food and water for your pet Cash Important family documents (insurance policies, IDs, bank records) Blankets for each person Change of clothes Matches in water-proof container Down time activities (books, games, puzzles). If you have lost power During a storm, if you have lost power, always report your outage. Along with reporting your outage: Turn off major appliances such as air conditioners, water heaters and stoves. Unplug TVs, stereos, microwaves and computers to prevent damage during possible overloads. Leave a lamp or light on so you’ll know when power is restored. Stay away from any downed lines. Always assume the lines are energized and make sure to report them by calling 866-366-4357. Refer to our Outage FAQs for answers to other common questions. Additionally, please use the link and the numbers provided below to stay up-to-date on current conditions or to report any power outages: Dominion Resources Power Outage Line 1-866-366-4357 Dominion Resources Storm Center Outage andRestoration Updates NorthernVirginia Outages Map Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative 1-888-335-0500Washington Gas1-800-752-7520Columbia Gas1-800-544-5606 Verizon Wireless1-800-837-4966 Cox Communications 1-800-961-0027 Also, if you have any problems, you can always contact my office at 571.249.4484.  Stay safe!More information from DominionThe months of August through October are traditionally the most active tropical weather months for Dominion Energy’s service territories, and this year is no exception. Hurricane Dorian is currently located about 90 miles off the coast of Florida, slowly moving north, and we continue to carefully track the storm. Current guidance suggests impacts to the communities we serve in Virginia and North Carolina throughout the day on Friday, so I urge you and your constituents to take the time now to review personal hurricane preparation plans and restock necessary supplies. We expect significant damage in Eastern Virginia and North Carolina; forecasts increasingly suggest impacts in the Richmond area as well. Given the anticipated storm damage, customers should plan for a multi-day outage event. The attached graphic lists items recommended for inclusion in your emergency preparation kits. Please also bear in mind important safety measures: Assume downed wires are energized and stay at least 30 feet away. Call Dominion Energy immediately at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) to report any downed wires. If using a portable generator, ensure it is fueled and tested, and carefully review its operating instructions. Note that generators should only be operated outdoors with good ventilation. As in any outage situation, it is imperative for customers to notify Dominion Energy if they lose power. They can do so either online or by phone at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357). The more information we have about outages, the faster we can diagnose the problem and make needed repairs. More useful information on steps customers can take to prepare for the storm can be found on our website. Rest assured that Dominion Energy is remaining vigilant and will be prepared to safely and quickly respond for our customers when the need arises. ***ADDITIONAL UPDATES WILL BE POSTED***

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

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

  • SB33: Consumer finance companies; loans, licensing.
  • SB34: Driver privilege cards; definitions, effective date, report.
  • SB35: Firearms, ammunition, etc.; control by localities by governing possession, etc., within locality.
  • SB37: Open-end credit plans; civil penalty.
  • SB38: Open-end credit plans; governing law.
  • SB72: Public defender offices; Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and County of Prince William.
  • SB106: Hydraulic fracturing; drilling through any portion of a groundwater management area, prohibition.
  • SB108: Virginia State Justice Commission; purpose, membership.
  • SB160: Handheld personal communications devices; holding devices while driving a motor vehicle.
  • SB245: Conversion therapy; prohibited by certain health care providers.
  • SB246: Driver's license, etc.; sex designation on application form.
  • SB247: No-fault divorce; gender-neutral terminology.
  • SB428: Initial child support order; unreimbursed medical expenses for pregnancy and birth.
  • SB429: Child support; withholding from income of an independent contractor.
  • SB430: Minor's child-care records; access by parent.
  • SB431: Provision of mental health services to a minor; access to health records.
  • SB432: Spousal support; reservation of right to seek, material change of circumstances.
  • SB433: Domestic relations cases; invocation of constitutional rights, adverse inference.
  • SB434: Child support; assignment of tax credits.
  • SB435: Waterfowl blinds; blinds in locality where certain hunting prohibited.
  • SB436: Virginia Voluntary Do Not Sell Firearms List; established, penalty.
  • SB437: Bicyclists and other vulnerable road users; penalty.
  • SB438: Judicial performance evaluation program; risk assessment tool, use of alternative sanction.
  • SB439: Driving under the influence; remote alcohol monitoring, penalty.
  • SB440: Electronic transmission of sexually explicit visual material by minors; penalties.
  • SB441: Alcoholic beverage control; winery license privileges.
  • SB449: Death penalty; abolishes penalty, including those persons currently under a death sentence.
  • SB451: Juvenile and domestic relations district court; award of attorney fees.
  • SB489: Criminal cases; authority to defer and dismiss.
  • SB491: Inquiry and report of immigration status; persons charged with or convicted of certain crimes.
  • SB492: Sex offenses; requiring registration.
  • SB625: Failure to advise of consequences of guilty plea; vacation of conviction.
  • SB626: Hazardous Substance Aboveground Storage Tank Fund; created.
  • SB628: Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; residential building energy analysis.
  • SB629: Shared solar programs; electric utility regulation, etc.
  • SB630: Common interest communities; electric vehicle charging stations permitted.
  • SB631: Abandoned and stolen shopping carts; local regulation.
  • SB632: Public utilities; aggregate energy storage capacity in the Commonwealth.
  • SB634: Alternative and efficient energies; subsidies and effective clause.
  • SB635: Right to reproductive choice; right to refuse contraception.
  • SB636: Racial inequity; repeals numerous obsolete and discriminatory Acts.
  • SB637: Estate tax; reinstatement.
  • SB638: Affordable housing; location near Metrorail station.
  • SB639: Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund; regional grant awards.
  • SB640: Unlawful detainer; expungement of actions, effective date.
  • SB641: Civil action; sale of personal data.
  • SB642: Multi-jurisdiction grand jury; functions, failure to pay wages.
  • SB645: Local arbitration agreements; disclosure of certain information.
  • SB646: Tetrahydrocannabinol concentration; definition.
  • SB655: Physical injuries or death caused to a person; consideration of bills.
  • SB658: Contracts with design professionals; provisions requiring a duty to defend void.
  • SB659: Contributory negligence; motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian, bicyclist, etc.
  • SB661: Accrual of cause of action; diagnoses of nonmalignant and malignant asbestos-related injury.
  • SB663: Practice of medicine and other healing arts; provision of litigation assistance.
  • SB664: Motor vehicles; liability insurance coverage limits, effective date.
  • SB937: TANF Scholarship Pilot Program; VCCS to establish and administer.
  • SB963: Energy manager; responsibilities.
  • SB995: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; labor organizations.
  • SB1043: Civil actions; filed on behalf of multiple persons.
  • SB1092: Performance guarantees, certain; provisions for periodic partial and final release.
  • SJ34: Mandatory minimum sentences; VSCC to study use, etc.
  • SJ47: Court of Appeals of Virginia; Judicial Council of Virginia to study jurisdiction and organization.
  • SJ153: Commending River Oaks Elementary School.
  • SJ154: Commending Triangle Elementary School.
  • SJ155: Commending Forest Park High School.
  • SR71: Commending the Lee-Mount Vernon Sports Club.
  • 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