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VaNews for 2013 House of Delegates - District 44 - Regular General

No. Va. lawmakers take aim at hybrid fee increase in transportation bill

By FREDRICK KUNKLE , Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Hours after the Virginia General Assembly concluded its annual session, two Northern Virginia lawmakers decided to try to undo what the legislature had just done to people who drive hybrid vehicles. Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) and Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) want Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) to kill a provision in the landmark transportation-funding package that would double the annual $50 registration fee on electric vehicles and also apply it to hybrid cars and those that use alternative fuels.

VaNews February 26, 2013

41 years later, Va. still nixes Equal Rights Amendment

By BILL SIZEMORE, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Del. Scott Surovell was 1 year old in 1972 when Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, proclaiming that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." The deadline for ratification was June 30, 1982, but some legal authorities believe the amendment remains viable, Surovell, D-Fairfax County, told the House Rules Committee.

VaNews February 1, 2013

Effort to repeal Va. gay-marriage ban fails in panel

By BILL SIZEMORE, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

An effort to begin the process of repealing Virginia’s constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage was turned back today in a House of Delegates subcommittee. The amendment, approved by voters in a 2006 referendum, defines marriage as "only a union between one man and one woman.”

VaNews January 15, 2013

Bill would make texting from car reckless driving

By LAURA VOZZELLA AND ERRIN HAINES, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Texting from behind the wheel would constitute reckless driving under a bill submitted by two Virginia lawmakers, one of whom opposed new legislation on the matter earlier this year. Del. Ben Cline (R-Rockbridge) and Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) announced Wednesday that they had submitted a bill to make it a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by as much as a year in jail and a $2,5000 fine, to use cellphones while driving for anything other than a call.

VaNews December 6, 2012

N.Va. delegates get trivial on History Channel

By JULIAN WALKER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

More than just a presidential battleground, Virginia is a state as rich in history as any in the union. So it's appropriate that two men steeped in Old Dominion minutia -- state Dels. Tim Hugo (R) and Scott Surovell (D), both of Fairfax County -- were called on by the History Channel to match wits in a showdown on American trivia.

VaNews September 27, 2012

Fairfax judge criticizes Va. law texting at the wheel

By JUSTIN JOUVENAL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

One night in May 2011, Jason Gage, an Alexandria man driving on a road in the Dranesville community of Fairfax County, struck and killed a college student named Kyle Rowley. Authorities later determined that Gage had probably opened a text message about the time of the crash. They charged him with reckless driving. But when the case went to trial in a Fairfax County court last month, Judge Thomas E. Gallahue ordered the charge against Gage dropped, his texting notwithstanding.

VaNews September 3, 2012