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VaNews for 2019 State Senate - District 36 - Regular General



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 - 5 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



STATE SENATOR SUBMITS BILL TO CHANGE 3-STRIKES LAW THAT KEPT HUNDREDS IN JAIL FOR YEARS

By TIM EBERLY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A senator from Northern Virginia has submitted a bill to change the state’s three-strikes law in the wake of a Virginian-Pilot investigation into its decades-long hold on nonviolent first-time offenders.

VaNews December 13, 2017



NORTHAM, PRINCE WILLIAM CANDIDATES CAMPAIGN IN DALE CITY

By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette

As Virginia’s race for governor reaches its final days, some nervous Democrats are starting to ask: Is Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam talking enough about a historically unpopular Republican president? In Prince William County, at least, the Democratic nominee wasn’t shy about bashing Donald Trump or connecting him to Republican gubernatorial contender Ed Gillespie.

VaNews November 4, 2017