Matt Fariss, Author at Farmville

Columns

Opinion — Taking decisive action

Governor Glenn Youngkin took decisive action Thursday in the fight against COVID-19. He is applying an equal mix of science and common sense to fighting ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Wednesday, January 26, 2022 7:00 pm

YOUR TURN

Your turn — Changes for the new year

The first week of session is completed. During that time, a new speaker was elected, and all appointments were made. This year, I was selected ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Saturday, January 22, 2022 5:00 pm

COVID-19

Opinion — COVID guidelines

Governor Northam will give his final State of the Commonwealth speech on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Due to COVID, the governor will speak from the House ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Thursday, January 13, 2022 5:49 pm

Guest Columns

Opinion — Withdrawing from RGGI is good for Virginians

Last Wednesday, Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin announced his intention to withdraw Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is an 11 state, cap-and-trade program ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, December 17, 2021 3:15 pm

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Ignoring violence in schools will hurt our children

Loudoun County is in the midst of an apparent cover-up, and two young women have been assaulted. The tragedy in Loudoun County has brought to ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Tuesday, October 19, 2021 6:00 am

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Redistricting in Virginia

The Virginia Redistricting Commission will not finish its work on the state’s legislative maps and will instead move on to drawing maps for the state’s ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:00 am

Guest Columns

Opinion — Grant program available

It was announced last week that a new grant program designed to support equitable and sustainable local food systems for small-scale agricultural producers, farmers markets ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, October 1, 2021 12:27 pm

Guest Columns

Voting, districts and more issues

I  have compiled a list of important dates pertaining to the November Elections. Early voting began Sept. 17 and ends Oct. 30. Oct. 12 is ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, September 24, 2021 3:19 pm

Guest Columns

Opinion — New services available

You can vote early at your local registrar’s office beginning 45 days before Election Day and ending the Saturday before Election Day. Early Voting starts ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Thursday, September 16, 2021 4:31 pm

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Challenges of the law

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order allowing a controversial Texas abortion law to go into effect. The law is a direct challenge ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, September 10, 2021 6:00 am

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Citizens should make own decisions on vaccinations

On Monday, Aug. 9, the General Assembly approved a compromise bill to spend about $3.5 billion in federal relief. The Senate and House had passed ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Wednesday, August 18, 2021 6:00 am

Columns

Opinion – New laws took effect July 1

Thursday, July 1, legislation passed during the 2021 General Assembly session became law, with some exceptions. This session, the Democratic majority passed a significant number ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Thursday, July 1, 2021 6:56 am

Guest Columns

OPINION — Resources for DMV and unemployment help

On May 14, Governor Ralph Northam announced his administration was ending the mask mandate in Virginia immediately, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Thursday, May 27, 2021 4:30 pm

Columns

OPINION – Windsor police incident should be investigated

On Wednesday, during the reconvened session, Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a marijuana legalization bill were accepted by the General Assembly. This allows limited ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10:54 am

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Virginia’s vaccine allocation increased by 23%

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 ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Wednesday, February 10, 2021 6:00 am

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COLUMN — Virginia was not prepared for vaccinations

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 ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, February 5, 2021 6:00 am

Guest Columns

COLUMN — Mandatory minimum sentencing could be repealed

The 2021 General Assembly session began Jan. 13. The Senate will meet in person while the House remains virtual. I have added links below for ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, January 15, 2021 6:00 am

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COLUMN – Where’s the science behind new restrictions?

My office has been helping Virginians in the 59th District with Virginia Employment Commission issues since the beginning of the pandemic. As of last week, ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Wednesday, December 23, 2020 6:00 am

Columns

COLUMN — After 83 days, the special session is over

Monday, Nov. 9, after 83 days, the 2020 Special Session adjourned. We were initially called into the Special Session to develop a revised two-year budget ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, November 13, 2020 6:00 am

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COLUMN — Special session laws will bring changes to law enforcement

Last Friday’s budget action should be the final votes this chamber must cast on the budget until the reconvened session. Yet Democrats have still found ... Read more

by Matt Fariss, Friday, October 23, 2020 6:00 am

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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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