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Matt Fariss, Author at Farmville

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COLUMN — Transparency is needed from the parole board

As Sen. Mark Obenshain said last week during the Senate session, something is foul at the Virginia Parole Board, even beyond the situation surrounding Vincent ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, October 16, 2020 6:00 am

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COLUMN — House begins budget work

Last Friday, Sept. 25, the budget bill was passed out of the House Appropriations Committee. Democrats have spent $251 million over and above the governor’s request ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, October 2, 2020 6:00 am

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COLUMN — Special session focuses on police reform bills

Early in-person voting begins this Friday, Sept. 18. The 59th District is composed of five counties and all information for your registrar’s office is listed ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, September 18, 2020 6:00 am

Columns

Students should return to the classroom

Gov. Ralph Northam has finally called legislators back to Richmond for the special session to work on the budget. The General Assembly will convene August ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Monday, July 20, 2020 9:27 pm

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COLUMN — Virtual town hall planned July 14

The Northam administration ordered a subcontractor to remove a one-story-tall American flag from the new General Assembly building under construction this past weekend, as it ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, July 10, 2020 6:00 am

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COLUMN — July 1 brought new laws and big changes to Virginia

On July 1, legislation passed during the 2020 General Assembly session became law, with some exceptions. Several changes were made to Virginia’s election law. This ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Saturday, July 4, 2020 6:00 am

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COLUMN — Monument argument is just a distraction

On Friday, parts of Virginia began to open further as Phase 2 of the governor’s plan came into effect for most of Virginia, excluding NOVA ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Saturday, June 13, 2020 6:00 am

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There is light at the end of the tunnel

Summer is almost here, and the weather is improving. Fortunately, so is the coronavirus situation around most of the commonwealth. As of this writing, the ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Saturday, May 23, 2020 6:00 am

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We must do better for Virginians who are hurting

Gov. Ralph Northam has signed Executive Order 61 in an effort to ease some of the restrictions he put in place due to the ongoing ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, May 15, 2020 6:00 am

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Firearms, elections and coronavirus updates

Gov. Ralph Northam has signed several bills in the past 72 hours, including legislation on voting, energy, firearms and more. The Virginia General Assembly plans ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Thursday, April 16, 2020 2:12 pm

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Speaker plans to reconvene House outdoors April 22

Virginia continues to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak as best we can. Gov. Ralph Northam has closed beaches, entertainment venues, and many other non-essential places ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, April 10, 2020 6:00 am

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Details of CARES Act explained

Virginia continues to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak as best we can. But the toll is impossible to ignore. Hundreds are ill, and more than ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, April 3, 2020 6:00 am

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Red Flag law passed by General Assembly

The 2020 Session has completed its seventh week in Richmond, and I’d like to take a moment to update you on the latest from the ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Wednesday, March 4, 2020 6:00 am

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New state budget being hammered out

With just over two weeks left in the 2020 legislative session, I’d like to take a moment to update you on the latest news from ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Thursday, February 27, 2020 6:30 am

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Potential new state laws coming soon

The Virginia General Assembly reached the halfway point of the 2020 Session on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Known as Crossover, this is the point at which ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Wednesday, February 19, 2020 6:30 am

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I will continue to protect our Second Amendment rights

We’ve completed the fourth week of the 2020 Session, and I’d like to take a moment to share with you the latest news from Richmond. ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Sunday, February 9, 2020 4:32 pm

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Fariss gives update on bills

The third week of the 2020 Session wrapped up last week, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on the latest news ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, January 31, 2020 10:00 am

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Changes in the new year

The Virginia General Assembly convened for the 2020 regular session on Wednesday, Jan. 8. It is an even number year, so the legislature will meet ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, January 10, 2020 12:58 pm

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Sanctuaries and budget

The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement continues to pick up speed. Across Virginia, residents are already sending a strong message to Richmond that they are deeply ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, January 3, 2020 10:35 am

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Medicaid work requirement

Gov. Northam announced that his administration has suspended negotiations with the federal government on the Medicaid work requirement, citing that “it is unlikely Virginia will ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, December 13, 2019 11:30 am

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Second Amendment rights

In counties across Virginia, residents are already sending a strong message to Richmond that they will not simply accept Democratic efforts to infringe on their ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Tuesday, December 10, 2019 7:00 am

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On gun laws

After months of studying the causes of gun violence, the Virginia State Crime Commission issued a report with no recommendations on how to curb the ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Monday, November 25, 2019 5:49 am

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Challenges facing rural communities

Although we have had a few days recently of rain, a statewide drought advisory was issued on Oct. 11. This was issued with hopes to ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 9:16 am

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Improved mental health support needed

The Roanoke Times published a story and an editorial noting that of all the recommendations of the Virginia Tech Review Panel, the one item of ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Tuesday, October 15, 2019 10:38 am

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Time to get out and vote

If you have not yet registered to vote in the 2019 general election, please do so as soon as possible. The registration deadline is Oct. ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Sunday, October 13, 2019 7:00 pm

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Public education in Virginia

Since the Great Recession, the General Assembly has increased funding for public education by nearly $4 billion. We provided funding for a 5 percent teacher ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, October 4, 2019 8:00 pm

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Pro-business legislation

At a meeting over the weekend, the leadership of the Democratic Party of Virginia voted unanimously to endorse the Virginia Green New Deal (VA GND), ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Monday, September 30, 2019 6:51 pm

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