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I am honored to have the privilege of representing you in the Senate of Virginia. Serving constituents in the 35th District is a responsibility that I take very seriously. I hope you will find this website useful to communicate with me about legislative matters of concern and issues facing our community. Together we can keep Virginia moving forward in a positive fashion.

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Last week, the General Assembly had its second snow day in 48 years. Any time lost is unfortunate, as we have a lot to accomplish in the little time we are given. This session, there are 2,635 total proposed bills. We have 936 in the Senate alone, and less than three weeks before crossover where they need to be ready to send to the House. Additionally, we have less than seven weeks left in session. There is not much leeway, so the loss of a day is going to make things more jam-packed than they already are.

Last December, the Governor proposed his biennial budget plan of more than $100 billion over the next two fiscal years. Economic development is at the forefront of the budget and the way to ensure a strong economy comes from building a strong base – by putting funds into education and workforce development. The Governor’s budget strongly supports funding for both education and workforce development, and includes a 2% raise for state employees. Focusing on these two important priorities will guarantee continued growth in the Commonwealth and ensure Virginia can compete in a global economy. 
 
There are three hot topic issues I'd like to highlight to you this week. The first is guns. The lack of common sense gun safety and responsible gun ownership being advocated this session borders on embarrassing. Just last night, the Governor reached a compromise with Republican leaders that would repeal the ban on certain out of state concealed handgun permits in exchange for a softening of Republican stances on proposed gun safety legislation. The compromise represents an important step in protecting victims of domestic violence by stripping their offenders of their gun rights. 
 
Ethics reform is another issue of interest. With former Governor McDonnell’s trial reaching the Supreme Court, there is continued debate on what qualifies as a gift and what needs to be reported. The 100-page document passed in 2015 to remedy confusion surrounding gifts seems to only be causing more problems. 
 
Finally, cybersecurity is an issue of increasing importance. As our day to day lives become ever more intertwined with the internet and its associated infrastructure, we continue to become more and more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Cybersecurity is a bipartisan issue that will be looked at more closely throughout session, along with proposals for increased funding and public awareness. We must also ensure that our education and workforce development systems graduate and train skilled workers who can competently protect our citizens and online infrastructure in the decades to come. 
 
As always, I welcome your questions and comments at district35@senate.virginia.gov

The National Weather Service (NWS) and emergency agencies continue to monitor a severe winter storm slated to impact the D.C. metro area this Friday and into the weekend. NWS has already issued a blizzard watch for our area effective Friday, January 22 at noon. I urge you to take any necessary precautions now and have included important information below that you may need.

Please stay safe during the storm. If my office can be of assistance to you during or after the storm please contact us at district35@senate.virginia.gov.

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Emergency & Non-Emergency

If you are having an emergency, please call 911.

The Fairfax County Non-Emergency number is 703-691-2131; VA TTY NUMBER IS 711. 

Shelter Locations: Call 2-1-1 for shelter locations

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

Gas

If you smell gas, or if you have an emergency involving natural gas, leave the area immediately, and call 911 and Washington Gas at 703-750-1400 or 1-800-752-7520

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.

Sewer

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

Insurance

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 www.scc.virginia.gov/boi. 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.

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