State Government

Virginia Supreme Court Grants Temporary Statewide Eviction Moratorium

Court suspends eviction proceedings through September 7 at Governor’s request The moratorium, which will begin on Monday, August 10 and remain in effect through Monday, September 7, halts all eviction proceedings related to failure to pay rent. Governor Northam requested this moratorium in a letter to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons on July […]

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Prince William County awarded $41 million in second round of CARES Act funding | Coronavirus | insidenova.com

While the county continues to grapple with climbing costs associated with the pandemic, including dramatic costs estimates for schools in the fall, Prince William County has received an infusion of financial aid from the federal government. The county was recently awarded $41 million in the second round of the federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, […]

Governor Northam Launches Rent and Mortgage Relief Program to Assist Virginians Facing Eviction or Foreclosure

Governor Ralph Northam today launched the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), which will provide $50 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for households facing eviction or foreclosure due to COVID-19. RMRP will provide short-term financial assistance on behalf of households in the form of rent and mortgage […]

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New Virginia Laws Champion Human Rights, Justice Reform, Protections for Children & Animals

Major steps forward in human rights, criminal justice reform, and protections for minors & animals are among Virginia laws taking effect July 1. This legislative session saw the addition of new laws, and the removal of some others: Such as striking down a Jim Crow-era holdover that allowed employers to pay less than minimum wage […]

Virginia Announces Temporary Moratorium on Evictions

Governor Ralph Northam has announced a temporary statewide moratorium on all eviction proceedings in Virginia. The Governor requested this moratorium in a letter sent to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons this weekend. The Chief Justice’s order issued today remains in effect through June 28th and modifies the Court’s earlier Declaration of Judicial Emergency […]

BOCS Meeting Recap: Promoting Civil Rights, Responding to COVID-19

Once again, the Board Chambers were a space for lively debate and heartfelt community input this past Tuesday, with Public Comment spanning several hours. Thank you to everybody who took the time to engage with my colleagues and me. While you can view the meeting online occoq.org/6220bocsmeeting, I wanted to highlight some of the distinct […]

Reopening Toolkit for Businesses

Virginia Department of Health has made a business reopening page available on their web site. This page provides resources related to the Governor’s Emergency Order EO61 including a toolkit (signs and other resources for industry to use throughout the establishment), guidance on employee health, cleaning and disinfection, as well critical infrastructure resources. Learn more here: […]

Governor Issues Executive Order 62 Delaying Northern Virginia Phase One

JURISDICTIONS TEMPORARILY DELAYED FROM ENTERING PHASE ONE IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 61 AND PERMITTED TO REMAIN IN PHASE ZERO NORTHERN VIRGINIA REGION Importance of the Issue Executive Order 61, issued on May 8, 2020, and effective at 12:00 a.m., May 15, 2020, eased certain restrictions imposed under Second Amended Executive Order 53 and Executive Order 55 […]

Governor Northam Announces Phase One Guidelines to Slowly Ease Public Health Restrictions

It’s important to note that Northern Virginia has requested a slower reopening process. The information regarding these details is available by clicking here. Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-One and presented a detailed framework for the first phase of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while containing the […]