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Surovell, Foy pitch public defenders' office for Prince William

Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park are the only Northern Virginia locales that aren’t served by a public defenders’ office. But that could change in 2020 if a bill introduced by state Sen. Scott Surovell reaches the governor’s desk. Read more about Surovell, Foy pitch public defenders' office for Prince William

New Virginia laws took effect July 1; do you know what they are?

A new slate of state laws took effect in Virginia on July 1 as the Commonwealth observed the beginning of a new fiscal year.

While these laws primarily stem from bills introduced and adopted by the Virginia General Assembly, one of the most significant legislative changes from the 2019 session came out of Gov. Ralph Northam’s state budget amendments. Read more about New Virginia laws took effect July 1; do you know what they are?

Unpaid court fine? Get your driver’s license back

Starting July 1, 2019, more than 620,000 Virginians whose licenses have been suspended for failing to pay court fines and fees will be eligible to have those licenses reinstated by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

That’s thanks to a new law prohibiting Virginia courts from suspending driving privileges over unpaid or delinquent court debt. Read more about Unpaid court fine? Get your driver’s license back

Out with plastic straws, up with minimum wage and in with happy-hour ads as new laws take effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District

Virginians will have an easier time hanging onto their driver’s licenses, having children with donated embryos and finding the best happy-hour drink deals come Monday, as a host of new laws take effect in the commonwealth. Read more about Out with plastic straws, up with minimum wage and in with happy-hour ads as new laws take effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District

Virginia Tech announces plan to build innovation campus in Alexandria near Amazon's HQ2

Virginia Tech has announced plans to build its Innovation Campus in Alexandria. The campus will be part of a mixed used development in National Landing and will be near the future Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, the university says. Read more about Virginia Tech announces plan to build innovation campus in Alexandria near Amazon's HQ2

VOICE challenges candidates to fulfill One Fairfax commitment

The Gum Springs Community Center is a second home to Elias Anwar.

The West Potomac High School student visits the community center in Alexandria on a daily basis and has spent summers working there.

One of 10 centers currently overseen by Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, the Gum Springs Community Center provides recreational facilities, event space, programs, and support services to area residents. The center even paid for the suit that Anwar wore to prom. Read more about VOICE challenges candidates to fulfill One Fairfax commitment

Here’s who is running for the top elected post in Virginia’s most powerful county

About 600 people gathered inside a Fairfax County church recently to hear how the four Democratic candidates for chairman of the Board of Supervisors would address a widening gap between the rich and poor in Virginia’s most populous jurisdiction. Read more about Here’s who is running for the top elected post in Virginia’s most powerful county

Candidates promise more legal aid for immigrants, less cooperation with ICE

Democratic Party candidates for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have pledged to increase funding for a new legal aid program set up to help immigrant residents fight deportation by the federal government. Read more about Candidates promise more legal aid for immigrants, less cooperation with ICE

Chair candidates pledge support for affordable housing, immigrants legal fund

In a spirited community forum on Sunday, May 19, 2019, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) obtained commitments from the Democratic Party contenders for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors on a range of important local issues, to include millions more dollars in County funding for affordable housing projects, and an expansion of the legal defense fund for local immigrants who are in the country illegally. Read more about Chair candidates pledge support for affordable housing, immigrants legal fund

Community members work with Fairfax County officials to bring back a bus route

VIENNA, Va. - It was two years ago when the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority decided to eliminate a bus route that many people relied on as their primary mode of transportation. Thanks to grassroots efforts, that route is up and running again. Read more about Community members work with Fairfax County officials to bring back a bus route

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