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This Week From Del. Matt Fariss

As summer is coming to a close, that means one thing for parents across the district: it’s back-to-school season! Here are some calendar reminders regarding Open Houses and other important events pertaining to our schools’ reopening this year:. Appomattox County. Open House/Fee Day: Friday, Aug. 5; noon to...
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Virginia is seeing its second consecutive multibillion-dollar revenue surplus. The fiscal year ended on June 30 with a surplus of approximately $1.94 billion, bolstered by federal aid and a speedy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the largest contributor to the state’s source of revenues were non-withholding income taxes from investors and self-employed Virginians. Nearly 10 percent increases from both payroll withholding and sales taxes have also added to the surplus, driven by a labor market that has produced almost 80,000 jobs since January.
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Governor Glenn Youngkin announced updated guidance on quarantine procedures following exposure to COVID-19 in school, childcare, and camp settings. This revised guidance outlines that quarantine is no longer routinely recommended after exposure to COVID-19 infected individuals in childcare, K-12 schools, and camp settings. Earlier in the year, individuals were encouraged...
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Continuing from the last week’s newsletter, I wanted to update constituents on more legislation that passed the 2022 session and as of July 1, is law in the Commonwealth. Marcus alert system; participation. (HB1191/SB361) allows smaller localities to opt out of the “Marcus Alert” law, a measure passed in 2020 that aimed to improve the response to mental and behavioral health emergencies.
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Virginia drivers will be paying more at the pump, as the gas tax rose on Friday to keep pace with inflation. A project of House Democrats, House Bill 1414 in 2020 not only raised the gas tax 10 cents per gallon over two years, but it also indexed the tax to ensure that it rises every July. This year, that hike will be seven percent, at a time when gas prices are at near record levels.
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President (Joe) Biden has called for Congress to enact a three-month gas tax holiday at the federal level and is calling on states to enact a similar holiday for their state gas taxes. If this sounds familiar, it should. Just this month, Senate Democrats voted down a budget amendment that would have done just that in Virginia while House Democrats opposed the proposal.
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On Thursday, June 9, both HB 29 and HB 30 were duly enrolled, signed by the presiding officers of each house and communicated to the Governor. Pursuant to Article V, Section 6 of the Constitution, the Governor has seven days to act on the budget bills, with a deadline of Thursday, June 16 at 11:59:59 p.m.
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House and Senate negotiators working overtime on the state budget announced a deal last Thursday. The final Budget conference report isn’t the original House budget, or the original Senate budget. Instead, it’s a compromise that accomplishes most House Republican goals for the 2022 session. Tax Relief: With billions...
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In the 2022 General Assembly session, we worked diligently to ensure that our healthcare workers in Virginia had more opportunities to practice their skills in more environments, and to do so safely. This includes removing rep tape and allowing our Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to more fully utilize their practices to help more patients.
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The mental health crisis being faced by our Veterans has been a crucial issue that needed to be addressed in our Commonwealth. That’s why we passed legislation that creates within the Department of Veteran Services a Suicide Prevention Coordinator to support and closely coordinate effective care services for military service members and veterans and their families.
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The Virginia General Assembly has completed its 2022 legislative session and while we are still waiting on the budget to be finalized, I would also like to take a moment to share with you some of our accomplishments from this year. Over the next few weeks, I will highlight certain...
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The Virginia General Assembly reconvened for Governor Youngkin’s veto session last Wednesday and the Republican-controlled House of Delegates played part in upholding the Governor’s vetoes that stopped bad bills. An overwhelming majority of the Governor’s recommendations were adopted in the assembly and all the vetoes were sustained. Key...
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On today, April 27, we will return to Richmond to review and vote on governor amendments. We are currently still in special session, and we still have bills in conference. Today will be a long day, but the neither the budget nor the gas tax holiday will be on the agenda. Those are items that remain to be addressed.
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The Reconvened Session on April 27 is likely to be a lengthy session given the amount of actions taken by Governor Youngkin. The Governor announced amendments to more than 100 pieces of legislation. Most of the Governor’s amendments are innocuous, many merely offering technical fixes or clarifications requested by executive agencies. He added emergency clauses to a few Republican bills and reenactment clauses to 10 other bills, overwhelmingly those sponsored by Democrats.
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Governor Glen Youngkin has already signed over 700 bills into law from the 2022 General Assembly Session. This week I am highlighting several of those bills. HB 1224, sponsored by Delegate David Bulova, reduces regulatory burdens on best management practices (BMPs) for our farmers. HB 463 & SB 141, sponsored by Delegate Terry Austin and Senator John Edwards, removes the fee for state boat ramps. HB 189 & SB 509, sponsored by Delegate Michael Webert and Senator Richard Stuart, provides the right to propagate shellfish by whatever legal means necessary.
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When we adjourned Sine Die on March 12, there was a great deal of work left to be done. House Republicans were ready to stay and keep working on the budget and other important legislation that remained in conference. The House position on the budget remains the same as it was on March 12: tax relief for hard-pressed Virginia families is a priority.
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Setting Virginia’s budget for the next two years is the primary responsibility of the General Assembly, and I’m disappointed to say that we did not get that work accomplished in our constitutionally allotted 60-day window. House Republicans came to Richmond to get this work done and it should...
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The 2022 Regular Session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 12. House Republicans came into this session focused on addressing the issues most impacting Virginians. While House Republicans were successful in many areas, the Commonwealth’s biennial budget remains unfinished due to the Senate Democrats inability to come to an agreement.
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As we look ahead to the final week of the 2022 Virginia General Assembly session, it’s important to take pause and consider what it is we’re doing here in Richmond. At its heart, politics is about protecting and nurturing what’s best about our country and our Commonwealth: our people, our culture, and our communities.
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Last week we reached Crossover in the Virginia Assembly, known as the last day for a bill to pass out of the chamber in which it was introduced and move forward for consideration in the opposite chamber. Of the 1,593 House Bills introduced, 766 have been sent to the Senate. Of the 898 Senate Bills introduced, 578 have been sent to the House. This week’s newsletter highlights notable House legislation heading to the Senate.