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Delegate Scott Surovell 2012 Sine Die Letter

Delegate Scott Surovell 2012 Sine Die Letter

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Delegate Scott A. Surovell's 2012 End of Session Letter detailing the 2012 Legislative Session.
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filing
 
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d
 
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but
 
 
 
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Energy
 
in
 
Virginia
 
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we
 
considered
 
a
 
bill
 
to
 
give
 
electricity
 
generated
 
by
 
animal
 
waste
 
(SB
 
413)
 
the
 
same
 
credit
 
as
 
solar
 
and
 
wind
 
under
 
Virginia’s
 
Renewable
 
Portfolio
 
Standard
 
(RPS),
 
a
 
law
 
that
 
incentivizes
 
investor
owned
 
utilities
 
to
 
purchase
 
renewable
 
energy.
 
I
 
introduced
 
an
 
amendment
 
to
 
strike
 
language
 
from
 
the
 
bill
 
because
 
as
 
drafted
 
it
 
allowed
 
a
 
utility
 
to
 
purchase
 
animal
 
waste
 
generated
 
electricity
 
in
 
North
 
Carolina,
 
Pennsylvania,
 
Delaware,
 
West
 
Virginia
 
or
 
Maryland
 
and
 
make
 
Virginians
 
pay
 
for
 
it.
 
My
 
amendment
 
carried
 
51
45.
 
Ultimately,
 
a
 
compromise
 
was
 
brokered
 
using
 
language
 
I
 
suggested
 
that
 
would
 
allow
 
a
 
utility
 
to
 
get
 
Virginia
 
credit
 
only
 
if 
 
the
 
facility
 
is
 
located
 
in
 
Virginia.
 
In
 
addition
 
to
 
encouraging
 
the
 
production
 
of 
 
cleaner
 
energy,
 
this
 
will
 
also
 
help
 
create
 
Virginia
 
 jobs,
 
which
 
is
 
one
 
of 
 
the
 
purposes
 
of 
 
the
 
RPS.
 
Promoting
 
Solar
 
and
 
Protecting
 
Consumer
 
Privacy
 
Several
 
of 
 
my
 
bills
 
were
 
continued
 
for
 
study.
 
HB
 
660
 
directs
 
the
 
Virginia
 
Department
 
of 
 
Transportation
 
to
 
investigate
 
using
 
road
 
right
of 
ways
 
for
 
solar
 
energy
 
production.
 
Another
 
would
 
create
 
a
 
cause
 
of 
 
action
 
against
 
any
 
data
 
provider
 
that
 
sells
 
access
 
to
 
an
 
expunged
 
criminal
 
record.
 
Currently,
 
thousands
 
of 
 
people
 
are
 
denied
 
employment
 
when
 
private
 
data
 
collectors
 
provide
 
reports
 
that
 
contain
 
unfounded
 
dismissed
 
charges
 
that
 
are
 
highly
 
sensitive
 
and
 
were
 
expunged.
 
Reforming
 
Transportation
 
Spending
 
and
 
Fighting
 
for
 
Our
 
Share
 
Finally,
 
my
 
top
 
priority
 
came
 
very
 
close
 
to
 
becoming
 
law
 
this
 
year.
 
Transportation
 
spending
 
decisions
 
are
 
made
 
by
 
the
 
Commonwealth
 
Transportation
 
Board
 
(CTB),
 
whose
 
members
 
are
 
appointed
 
by
 
the
 
governor.
 
The
 
CTB
 
was
 
created
 
in
 
the
 
1930s
 
and
 
appointments
 
of 
 
Board
 
members
 
is
 
based
 
on
 
districts
 
reflecting
 
Virginia’s
 
1930
 
congressional
 
districts.
 
In
 
the
 
mid
1980’s
 
decision
makers
 
realized
 
that
 
Northern
 
Virginia
 
was
 
no
 
longer
 
part
 
of 
 
the
 
Culpeper
 
Transportation
 
District
 
and
 
they
 
created
 
the
 
Northern
 
Virginia
 
District.
 
Today,
 
66%
 
of 
 
the
 
state’s
 
population
 
is
 
in
 
three
 
districts
 
(Northern
 
Virginia,
 
Hampton
 
Roads
 
and
 
Richmond).
 
The
 
other
 
six
 
districts
 
have
 
33%
 
of 
 
the
 
state’s
 
population.
 
In
 
other
 
words,
 
the
 
Bristol,
 
Salem,
 
Lynchburg,
 
Culpeper,
 
Fredericksburg
 
and
 
Staunton
 
Districts
 
have
 
double
 
the
 
voting
 
power
 
of 
 
the
 
most
 
populous
 
parts
 
of 
 
Virginia.
 
It
 
is
 
completely
 
unfair.
 
For
 
three
 
years
 
in
 
a
 
row,
 
to
 
rebalance
 
the
 
board
 
along
 
today’s
 
actual
 
population
 
lines,
 
I
 
have
 
introduced
 
a
 
bill
 
to
 
require
 
CTB
 
members
 
to
 
represent
 
today’s
 
congressional
 
districts.
 
This
 
year,
 
my
 
legislation
 
was
 
promoted
 
by
 
Republican
 
Delegates
 
Tom
 
Rust,
 
Chris
 
Peace
 
and
 
Jim
 
Lemunyon.
 
We
 
worked
 
together
 
and
 
were
 
able
 
to
 
build
 
a
 
bipartisan
 
coalition
 
of 
 
24
 
Democrats
 
and
 
29
 
Republicans
 
to
 
convince
 
the
 
House
 
to
 
pass
 
the
 
bill
 
by
 
a
 
53
48
 
vote.
 
It
 
was
 
tabled
 
in
 
the
 
Senate,
 
but
 
the
 
Senators
 
on
 
the
 
committee
 
made
 
clear
 
that
 
the
 
McDonnell
 
Administration
 
needs
 
to
 
address
 
the
 
issue
 
because
 
we
 
are
 
clearly
 
going
 
to
 
revisit
 
it
 
next
 
year.
 
I
 
hope
 
that
 
this
 
will
 
be
 
the
 
start
 
of 
 
the
 
suburban
urban
 
part
 
of 
 
the
 
state
 
asserting
 
itself 
 
on
 
transportation
 
issues.
 
Women’s
 
Reproductive
 
Choice
 
Some
 
of 
 
the
 
most
 
contentious
 
fights
 
this
 
session
 
revolved
 
around
 
a
 
woman’s
 
right
 
to
 
choose.
 
I
 
have
 
already
 
written
 
extensively
 
about
 
this
 
in
 
my
 
online
 
newsletter
 
and
 
my
 
columns.
 
I
 
voted
 
against
 
the
 
following
 
bills:
 
 
Mandatory
 
Ultrasounds
 
Prior
 
to
 
Abortion
 
(Signed
 
by
 
Governor)
 
 –
 
This
 
legislation
 
requires
 
all
 
women
 
seeking
 
an
 
abortion
 
to
 
undergo
 
an
 
ultrasound
 
within
 
48
 
hours
 
of 
 
an
 
abortion
 
even
 
if 
 
they
 
have
 
already
 
had
 
one.
 
 
“Personhood”
 
Legislation
 
(Passed
 
House,
 
Continued
 
to
 
2013)
 
 –
 
Defines
 
a
 
fertilized
 
egg
 
as
 
a
 
“person”
 
for
 
all
 
25,000
 
references
 
Virginia’s
 
laws
 
and
 
outlaws
 
most
 
forms
 
of 
 
contraception.
 
 
 
 
HPV
 
Vaccine
 
Repeal
 
(Signed
 
by
 
Governor)
 
 –
 
Repeals
 
legislation
 
requiring
 
schools
 
to
 
vaccinate
 
girls
 
from
 
HPV
 
virus
 
unless
 
parents
 
opt
 
out.
 
 
Repeal
 
Ban
 
on
 
State
 
Funding
 
for
 
Deformed
 
Fetuses
 
(Passed
 
House,
 
Tabled
 
in
 
Senate)
Eliminates
 
funding
 
for
 
lower
income
 
women
 
to
 
get
 
abortions
 
in
 
cases
 
of 
 
“total
 
and
 
incapacitating
 
physical
 
or
 
mental
 
deformities”
 
and
 
forces
 
lower
income
 
women
 
to
 
carry
 
a
 
deformed
 
fetus
 
to
 
full
 
term
 
even
 
when
 
there
 
is
 
almost
 
no
 
chance
 
of 
 
survival.
 
 
Wrongful
 
Fetal
 
Death
 
Legislation
 
(Signed
 
by
 
Governor)
 
 –
 
Creates
 
new
 
cause
 
of 
 
action
 
if 
 
a
 
person
 
negligently
 
causes
 
a
 
“fetal
 
death”
 
such
 
as
 
in
 
a
 
car
 
accident.
 
I
 
also
 
introduced
 
the
 
Equal
 
Rights
 
Amendment
 
which
 
passed
 
the
 
Senate
 
for
 
the
 
second
 
year
 
in
 
a
 
row.
 
My
 
colleagues
 
in
 
the
 
House
 
refused
 
to
 
give
 
my
 
bill
 
(or
 
the
 
passed
 
Senate
 
bill)
 
a
 
committee
 
hearing.
 
Other
 
Significant
 
Legislation
 
There
 
were
 
also
 
several
 
other
 
significant
 
pieces
 
of 
 
legislation
 
that
 
I
 
have
 
summarized
 
below
 
along
 
with
 
my
 
vote.
 
 
Private
 
School
 
Tax
 
Credits
 
(Surovell
 
 –
 
No)
 
 –
 
Legislation
 
creates
 
$25
 
million
 
of 
 
tax
 
credits
 
for
 
individuals
 
or
 
businesses
 
who
 
contribute
 
funds
 
to
 
charities
 
that
 
provide
 
private
 
school
 
scholarships
 
to
 
children
 
in
 
families
 
earning
 
approximately
 
$70,000
 
per
 
year
 
or
 
less.
 
I
 
voted
 
no
 
for
 
various
 
reasons,
 
but
 
mainly
 
because
 
I
 
oppose
 
public
 
funding
 
for
 
private
 
schools.
 
 
Mandatory
 
Voter
 
ID
 
(Surovell
 
 –
 
No)
 
 –
 
Legislation
 
requires
 
voters
 
to
 
present
 
valid
 
identification
 
before
 
voting.
 
We
 
are
 
currently
 
waiting
 
to
 
see
 
if 
 
the
 
Governor
 
signs
 
this
 
legislation.
 
I
 
voted
 
no
 
because
 
it
 
discriminates
 
against
 
the
 
elderly,
 
blind,
 
low
income
 
voters
 
and
 
minorities.
 
 
Ignition
 
Interlock
 
Mandate
 
(Surovell
 
 –
 
No)
Requires
 
all
 
persons
 
convicted
 
of 
 
first
 
offense
 
driving
 
while
 
intoxicated
 
to
 
install
 
miniature
 
breathalyzer
 
machine
 
on
 
their
 
vehicles
 
for
 
six
 
months.
 
These
 
machines
 
are
 
expensive,
 
inaccurate
 
and
 
studies
 
do
 
not
 
uniformly
 
show
 
that
 
they
 
are
 
effective.
 
 
Repeal
 
of 
 
One
 
Gun
 
a
 
Month
 
(Surovell
 
 –
 
No)
 
 –
 
Repeals
 
the
 
state
 
ban
 
on
 
purchasing
 
one
 
handgun
 
per
 
month.
 
I
 
do
 
not
 
see
 
why
 
any
 
one
 
individual
 
needs
 
to
 
purchase
 
more
 
than
 
twelve
 
handguns
 
per
 
year.
 
 
Repeal
 
of 
 
Amazon
 
Sales
 
Tax
 
Exemption
 
(Surovell
 
 –
 
Yes)
 
 –
 
Requires
 
Amazon
 
to
 
collect
 
sales
 
taxes
 
on
 
all
 
purchases.
 
This
 
will
 
result
 
in
 
over
 
$20
 
million
 
of 
 
revenue
 
recaptured
 
and
 
levels
 
the
 
playing
 
field
 
for
 
local
 
retailers.
 
 
Eminent
 
Domain
 
Constitutional
 
Amendment
 
(Surovell
 
 –
 
No)
 
 –
 
Virginia
 
law
 
currently
 
prohibits
 
any
 
government
 
entity
 
in
 
Virginia
 
from
 
condemning
 
property
 
and
 
then
 
turning
 
it
 
over
 
to
 
a
 
person
 
or
 
company.
 
This
 
amendment
 
moves
 
that
 
prohibition
 
into
 
the
 
Constitution
 
of 
 
Virginia
 
and
 
adds
 
lost
 
profits
 
and
 
lost
 
access
 
as
 
damages
 
paid
 
the
 
taxpayers.
 
Our
 
existing
 
Constitutional
 
language
 
was
 
written
 
by
 
George
 
Mason
 
and
 
has
 
worked
 
for
 
230
 
years.
 
Lost
 
profits
 
and
 
lost
 
access
 
will
 
run
 
up
 
the
 
cost
 
of 
 
transportation
 
projects
 
to
 
taxpayers
 
by
 
billions.
 
This
 
is
 
subject
 
to
 
voter
 
approval
 
this
 
fall.
 
You
 
can
 
read
 
a
 
more
 
complete
 
summary
 
of 
 
the
 
session
 
legislation
 
in
 
my
 
online
 
newsletter,
 
The
 
Dixie
 
Pig,
 
at
 
http://bit.ly/2012session
.
 
State
 
Budget
 
and
 
Virginia
 
Retirement
 
System
 
The
 
major
 
fight
 
from
 
Day
 
#1
 
was
 
the
 
state
 
budget.
 
.
 
As
 
I
 
write
 
this
 
letter,
 
it
 
is
 
still
 
not
 
fully
 
resolved.
 
We
 

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