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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,