Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This year's event is Saturday, May 4, at Fort Hunt Park. Last year's event raised $30,000.
Grab your sombrero, it's time once again for Cinco de Surovell, the annual fundraiser event organized by Del. Scott Surovell, a Democrat who represents the 44th District in the General Assembly. Tickets for the fundraiser range from "Amigo" status, at $25, to "El Presidente," at $5,000. This year's event will be the fourth annual fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, May 4 from 1-3 p.m. at Fort Hunt Park, at Pavilion B. Fort Hunt Park is located at 8999 Fort Hunt Road. Saturday's weather forecast, according to The Weather Channel is for "mostly sunny" skies and a high of 68 degrees. See the photo gallery from 2012's Cinco de Surovell event. The fundraiser in the past has featured Mexican food, Tejano music and beer as well as visits with …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Surovell and his volunteers collected four tons of trash from the creek Saturday.
Seventy-five volunteers joined Delegate Scott Surovell (D-44th District) to collect four tons of trash during his Little Hunting Creek clean-up in Hybla Valley Saturday. The cleanup, in coordination with Friends of Little Hunting Creek and the 25th Annual Alice Ferguson Foundation Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup, was led by Delegate Surovell at three different sites in Hybla Valley: Janna Lee Avenue bridge, Creekside Village Apartments, and the Mount Vernon Plaza behind the Shoppers Food Warehouse and post office. Surovell was joined by student volunteers from Waynewood Elementary School, Carl Sandburg Middle School, Thomas Jefferson High School, West Potomac High School JROTC and the Junior Girl Scout Troop #128 (Waynewood & Stratford …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Del. Scott Surovell and Sen. Adam Ebbin delivered nearly 7,000 signatures to repeal the hybrid vehicle tax.
Del. Scott Surovell (D-44th District) and Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th District) delivered a petition to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in Richmond Monday morning from residents who want to repeal the hybrid vehicle tax. The petition garnered 6,845 signatures which were delivered to the governor on Monday morning. The Virginia General Assembly recently passed HB2313, which includes a $100 tax on hybrid vehicles. In late February, Del. Surovell and Sen. Ebbin started an online petition against the hybrid tax.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Del. Scott Surovell cast 2,000 votes in this session for the 44th district.
Now that the 2013 session of the General Assembly’s work has been completed, except for the April 3 veto session, I will continue my report on several measures. I have already covered the transportation legislation and Medicaid . I cast 2,000 votes in this session for our district. Six bills that I authored or was chief co-patron for await the Governor’s signature, along with three budget amendments. Three of my bills were referred to study commissions. Last year, we passed legislation that required voters to present some form of identification. This included a social security card, voter registration card, utility bill, bank statement or paycheck. The General Assembly this year approved a bill that deleted all of these and requires a …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
More than 9,000 children in the 44th District receive their healthcare from Medicaid.
Last week, I wrote about the transportation legislation that passed the General Assembly. The other major policy change this session was the expansion of Medicaid. This was especially critical for the 44th District. Medicaid is a federal-state health insurance program for low-income and disabled people. It is also the only provider of long-term nursing care for many Americans, since Medicare coverage and coverage by most private insurance policies is quite limited. Virginia has one of the most restrictive Medicaid programs in the United States — you have to be very poor to be eligible. Most rankings put Virginia at 48th in Medicaid expenditures and 7th in per capita income. In other words, we are a relatively wealthy state and we do …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Del. Scott Surovell talks Route 1 in the last week of the Virginia General Assembly.
As we move to the end of the General Assembly session, we are engaged in intense negotiations on the major issues. Also, we have had significant progress on U.S. 1. Earlier this session, Senator Puller and I culminated four years of work to build support for a U.S. 1 study when the McDonnell Administration confirmed that it is holding $2 million to fund the next U.S. 1 improvement study. Last week, I met with over a dozen state, local and regional stakeholders here in Richmond to discuss the next steps on planning U.S. 1 improvements. The study will have several elements. It will likely focus on the stretch of U.S. 1 from the Occoquan River to Alexandria’s southern boundary. Second, there is a consensus that we must consider all modes of …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The town hall meeting will cover issues affecting local residents.
Del. Scott Surovell (D-44th), Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36th), and Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) will host their annual legislative town hall on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Mount Vernon. The area's state lawmakers, who have been busy working in Richmond during the General Assembly session, will discuss issues that will impact the Mount Vernon community. The discussion will cover the following: The local legislators will review their legislative agendas and field questions from attendees. The town hall meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Mount Vernon Government Center, 2511 Parkers Lane in Alexandria.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Del. Surovell provides an update from Richmond.
Last week in the General Assembly we hit “Crossover” on Tuesday – the day that each body must complete all work on their own bills. On Monday, I was in the capitol building from 7:30 a.m. until our session ended around 9 p.m. That day, the House of Delegates passed legislation dedicating $17,440 of taxpayer funds to study the creation of a Virginia currency in case the Federal Reserve System fails. It passed on a mostly party-line vote. Minutes later, we also passed legislation condemning the United Nations’ Agenda 21 which the U.N. adopted in 1992. The bill describes Agenda 21 as a “radical plan of purported ‘sustainable development’ [that] envisions the American way of life of private property ownership, single-family homes, and …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Two Mount Vernon High School students traveled to Richmond to learn more about the Virginia General Assembly.
Two Mount Vernon High School students shadowed Delegate Scott Surovell (D-44th District) in Richmond last week during the Third Annual Amundson Institute program. Founded by former Delegate Kris Amundson as the Young Leaders program, the Amundson Institute gives students in the Mount Vernon and Lee Districts a look at the legislative process. The Amundson Institute included student athletes and leaders with an average GPA of 3.74. During their time in Richmond, students attended committee meetings and met with lobbyists and Senators Puller and Ebbin. This year's participants represented West Potomac High School, Mount Vernon High School, and St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School. This year's group of students are as follows:
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Del. Scott Surovell presented twelve bills, cast about three hundred votes at four different committee hearings and two floor sessions during a two-day span last week.
Last week in the General Assembly was a busy one. I have introduced 15 bills, three constitutional amendments, one study resolution, seven budget amendments, and I am Chief Co-Patron on four bills. In two days, I presented twelve bills, cast about three hundred votes at four different committee hearings and two floor sessions. As a child of the 80s, it’s more like the late stages of Atari Missile Command. Three of my bills were referred to study commissions. One would require the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to abide by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The SCC is an independent agency that regulates Virginia utilities, insurance, securities and corporations. My legislation to allow real estate brokers to determine who can…