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Senator Saslaw's Blog

By: Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (D-35th District)


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As we go to press, we are about to commemorate the birth of our Nation, its rich history, diversity and the freedoms we all hold sacred. How timely that just last week, the US Supreme Court handed down historical decisions on Voting Rights and the Defense of Marriage Act. Additionally, the Senate, overwhelmingly passed the Immigration Reform Bill. It now awaits action by the US House of Representatives.

Known as the Cradle of Democracy, Virginia is also the mother of seven U.S. Presidents. In 2006, Virginians passed an amendment to the State Constitution that stated marriage was between a man and a woman. I recall the argument at the time was the fear that same sex unions would be a threat to marriage as most of us know it. It is unfortunate that “fear” would be the basis of law rather than the guiding principles of the Declaration of Independence. The DOMA decision will not affect marriage rights in Virginia. However, I am inclined to believe we will see efforts to repeal the DOMA amendment, which is the basis for discrimination against same sex couples.

The Commonwealth has a history of racism and was the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. I serve in the General Assembly with elected leaders who were denied access to public education during massive resistance. Despite great efforts to put the past behind, there still are both latent and overt efforts to deny Virginians the right to vote. I am deeply troubled by the Court’s decision to put the election process back into the hands of state legislatures. This past legislative Session, laws were passed that made it harder for individuals to vote in Virginia. November 5 will be a critical day in Virginia’s history as we vote for a Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and the 100 members of the House of Delegates. In my opinion, there is a clear distinction between the two party statewide tickets. I strongly encourage you to stay informed during the campaign season and know it is crucial for you to vote on November 5.

Northern Virginia is a very diverse and rich community with a large immigrant population. In search of a better life, our forefathers came to this country. Each year thousands of immigrants continue to risk it all in pursuit of the American Dream. I applaud the U.S. Senate for having the political courage to address immigration reform. The measure offers a pathway to earn citizenship for some 11 million people who are illegally in this country. It includes a background check, learning English, paying taxes and a penalty, and then getting in line with the others trying to live in our nation. There is no excuse left for the House and its leadership to continue as obstructionists. Whole generations of children await their fate as the debate continues.

July 1 marked the enactment date for most new laws in Virginia. I hope you have received my newsletter and take the time to become familiar with some of the new measures. Here’s hoping you have a restful and safe summer.

Dear Friends,


I wanted to share with you some important information in advance of Tropical Storm Andrea, which is projected to impact our area tomorrow.  Below is some information that can be useful to you during and after the storm.  Getting caught off guard can make a bad storm worse, so please make sure to take the necessary steps to get your household ready.


Stay Safe,

Dick Saslaw


Important Numbers For Northern Virginia Residents


Non-Emergency Information:

 If you are having an emergency, please call 911. The Fairfax County Non-Emergency number (703-691-2131); VA TTY NUMBER IS 711. If you have an emergency, please dial 911.


Shelter Locations: Call 2-1-1 for Shelter Location


Road Conditions: Call 5-1-1 for road conditions


Power Outages
Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)

NOVEC (Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative) outages and downed wires: 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500

Pepco outages: 1-877-737-2662; downed wires: 202-872-343


Downed Trees
Public roads: Virginia Department of Transportation: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)

Parks: Fairfax County Park Authority: 703-324-8594

Public Areas: Fairfax County Urban Forestry: 703-324-1770
Private property: Removal is the property owner's responsibility. Be aware of the risk of chain saw injury during tree removal. Use a chain saw safely to clear debris. If a tree has hit your home, call your property insurance company before starting the removal process.


Fairfax Water: 703-698-5800 - 703-698-5613 (after hours)
Falls Church Water: 703-248-5071 - 703-248-5044 (after hours)


Rising water that threatens your safety, call 9-1-1
Storm flooding during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) - after-hours storm flooding emergencies that are not life threatening - 703-323-1211 and state that you are reporting a storm sewer emergency


Sanitary sewer flooding: 703-323-1211; If you have damp walls or floors, contact a water removal or restoration company

Sewer Breaks or Back-ups: 703-323-1211 or 703-250-2003


Septic System
Health Department: 703-246-2201


The Virginia state Bureau of Insurance offers free consumer guides entitled, "What to Do After an Insured Commercial Property Loss"', and "What to Do After an Insured Homeowners Loss". These guides are available at The Bureau of Insurance has staff specifically trained to handle disaster insurance questions and problems. Phone: 804 371 9185 or 804 371 9185 or 9691. The toll-free number is 1-877-310-6560.






Prepare With A Disaster Kit


During periods of extreme weather conditions, households should prepare for the loss of power with an emergency kit. Here are some essential items to include in your kit.


-3-day supply of non-perishable foods


-Plenty of bottled water


-A battery-powered radio


-Flashlights and extra batteries


-First aid kit


-Food for pets




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