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VaNews for Scott Surovell

Ban on gay conversion therapy passes state Senate

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

We’re hearing it a lot around Capitol Square these days, but elections have consequences. Not just for guns. The state Senate Tuesday passed legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, banning licensed counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists from subjecting children to conversion therapy -- the often abusive or coercive treatments that allege they can change a person’s sexual orientation. Similar measures have died in past years.

VaNews January 22, 2020

Virginia lawmakers will again push to ban use of phones while driving

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Saying distracted driving is an epidemic that is leading to preventable deaths, advocates for a ban on using cellphones while driving in Virginia will make a push for legislation again next year. Lawmakers supporting the effort say changes in the makeup of the General Assembly mean the bill has a good chance of passage. “I think we’ll get it done on a bipartisan basis,” Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, said at a news conference Monday

VaNews December 24, 2019

Legislators propose ‘Justice Commission’

By PETER VIETH, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (Subscription required for some articles)

Two Democratic state legislators recommend changing the State Crime Commission into the “Virginia Justice Commission.” Legislation introduced by Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, and Del. Patrick Hope, D-Arlington, would broaden the commission’s focus from solely crime and punishment to include diversion, rehabilitation, collateral consequences of convictions, firearm violence prevention, equity and fairness in the criminal legal system and prisoner re-entry.

VaNews December 18, 2019

Legislator proposes PD office for Prince William

By STAFF REPORT, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (Subscription required for some articles)

Prince William County is the only Northern Virginia community without a public defender office, but state Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, says it’s time for change. Surovell’s Senate Bill 72, introduced Nov. 23, would establish a public defender office for the county and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

VaNews December 5, 2019

Family law leaders prepare for Assembly session

By MAURA MAZUROWSKI, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (Subscription required for some articles)

With the 2020 Assembly session just weeks away, legislators are putting the final touches on bills they hope to introduce. Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, has a long list of family law legislation he will advance. “I have a couple I’ve tried before that I’ll put in again. One of which is adultery decriminalization,” Surovell said, who has been practicing family law for 23 years.

VaNews December 3, 2019

Virginia lawmakers strike deal to remove coal ash from ponds next to rivers

By MEL LEONOR, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

Virginia lawmakers struck a deal, made public Thursday, to clean up the coal ash stored in Dominion Energy ponds in four localities. The bipartisan deal backed by House and Senate leaders will require Dominion Energy to excavate the ponds and recycle at least 6.8 million of the 27 million cubic yards of existing coal ash. The rest would be moved into new, modern landfills.

VaNews January 25, 2019

Coal ash debate continues: Should it be buried or hauled away?

By MEL LEONOR, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Legislation to address 27 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash stored underground across Virginia could include a prohibition on burying in place any coal ash, said Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, one of the leading legislators working on the issue. “We’re not going to leave this stuff where it is, in these old clay-lined, partially lined ponds and put a really thick rubber thing on it… We’re not going to do that,” Surovell said.

VaNews December 12, 2018

Surovell chosen Minority Whip in the Virginia Senate

Potomac Local (Subscription Required)

A Virginia State Senator representing Prince William and Stafford counties was chosen Minority Caucus Whip. Scott Surovell (D-36) will replace the outgoing Jennifer Wexton, who was elected to Congress earlier this month, as the Democratic caucus whip.

VaNews November 26, 2018

Surovell to propose mobile voting site legislation

By MAURA MAZUROWSKI, Virginia Mercury

When state Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, was campaigning to represent the 36th District in 2015, he met people who hadn’t voted in more than seven years. Some constituents told him they were “presidential-election only” voters, while others simply chose not to vote. The most common reason Surovell found for people not voting, however, was long commutes.

VaNews November 6, 2018

Virginia governor OKs paying ‘Norfolk Four’ $3.5M

By LOGAN BOGERT, VCU Capital News Service

Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation to provide nearly $3.5 million in compensation to the “Norfolk Four,” the U.S. Navy sailors who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for a 1997 rape and murder. Northam last week signed identical House and Senate bills to compensate Danial Williams, Joseph Dick, Derek Tice and Eric Wilson,

VaNews April 3, 2018