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This Week From Del. Matt Fariss

On May 14th, Governor Northam announced that his administration was ending the mask mandate in Virginia immediately, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The full text of the seventh amendment to Executive Order 72 can be found at:. www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-72-SEVENTH-AMENDED-and-Order-of-Public-Health-Emergency-Nine-Easing-of-Commonsense-Surge-Restrictions-Due-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf. Those who are fully vaccinated no longer...
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On Wednesday, during the 2021 Reconvened Session, Gov. (Ralph) Northam’s proposed changes to a marijuana legalization bill were accepted by the General Assembly. This allows limited possession and cultivation of marijuana starting July 1. Adults age 21 and up will be able to legally possess up to one ounce (28.3 grams) of cannabis without the intent to distribute as well as cultivate four plants per household.
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Gov. (Ralph) Northam has acted on all the bills passed by the General Assembly this year. The governor recommended changes to 36 bills that were sent to him for action, and he did not veto any bills. In all, the governor has signed nearly 520 measures approved by the legislature.
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Gov. (Ralph) Northam announced last week that as COVID-19 vaccinations continue to rise in Virginia, certain sports and entertainment venues may begin to operate with additional capacity and indoor and outdoor gathering limits will increase starting Thursday, April 1. Below is a breakdown of the new restrictions. The maximum number...
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This Week From Del. Matt Fariss

The 2021 General Assembly session concluded it’s work on March 1, and I wanted to update you on how the final week, and overall session, progressed. This week we cast what was likely the most consequential vote of this entire session. Senate Bill 1303, known as the “Open the Schools” bill. This legislation gives parents a real choice in education for their children. If parents aren’t ready to send their kids back to the classroom, they can continue in virtual school. But if they are, schools MUST give parents an option to have their kids back in class five days per week.
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This Week from Del. Matt Fariss

The first full week of the General Assembly has come to an end, and I wanted to take just a moment to update you on what occurred this week in the House of Delegates. I’ve heard from many of you that you’re frustrated with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Rest assured, you’re not alone. My colleagues have heard the same thing. We’re working to get more information as quickly as we can, and we’re putting pressure on the Governor to come up with a plan that works.
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This Week From Del. Matt Fariss

On Feb. 5, the General Assembly reached crossover, the traditional midpoint of the legislative session. At crossover, the House and Senate must complete work on their own legislation so that it may “crossover” to the other body for consideration. We now know that the General Assembly will be in session...
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This Week From Del. Matt Fariss

Our second full week of the 2021 General Assembly session has come to an end, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on what’s happening in Richmond. Much of our attention this week was focused on Virginia’s effort to get the COVID vaccine out the door and into the arms of Virginians. Vaccine is finally moving from the federal government to Virginia, but the last mile, getting it out of the freezer and into arms, has been affected with problems.
Delaware Statetimesvirginian.com

This Week From Del. Matt Fariss

The first full week of the General Assembly has come to an end, and I wanted to take just a moment to update you on what occurred this week in the House of Delegates. I’ve heard from many of you that you’re frustrated with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Rest assured, you’re not alone. My colleagues have heard the same thing. We’re working to get more information as quickly as we can, and we’re putting pressure on the Governor to come up with a plan that works.
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This Week From Del. Matt Fariss

The 2021 session of the Virginia General Assembly opened last week in Richmond on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the session is a ‘virtual’ one, not unlike the recently completed Special Session. Regardless, I am proud to be your voice in the House of Delegates. Concerns that arose during the 2020 Special Session...
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This Week From Del. Matt Fariss

January 13th began the 2021 General Assembly session. The Senate will meet in person while the House remains virtual. I have added links below for you to be able to watch session live. All committee meetings can now be viewed online as well, and the public will need to register to speak at these meetings. Please keep up with my Facebook page as I will share instructions and links on how to sign up for these meetings.
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This Week From Del. Matt Fariss

My office has been helping Virginian’s in the 59th District with Virginia Employment Commission issues since the beginning of the pandemic. As of last week, the VEC has resumed issuing payments to customers in a continued claim status that had their claim temporarily halted due to an issue that arose after filing. This means many customers who were waiting for a deputy’s determination because of a separation issue will receive payment. The VEC will be notifying affected claimants by text message and by mail of this development. Additional details can be found at www.vec.virginia.gov/benefits-update.