Blog - Glen Sturtevant

2019 Session - Virginia Senate Update

Message from Glen

Dear Friends - 

This year’s General Assembly Session is the 400th Anniversary of the oldest continuous elected legislature in the country and we’ve had a busy session so far. In just 46 short days, we will consider about two thousand bills from senators and delegates from across the commonwealth.

I have a full legislative agenda this year focusing on meaningful education reforms, college affordability, reducing healthcare costs, and cutting taxes. To view a full list of the legislation I am sponsoring this year, please visit:

Education, SOL Reform, and Workforce Development

As the father of three kids in elementary school, I understand the importance of ensuring that our youngest generation has access to a top notch education that prepares them for life after high school.

A big challenge for teachers and parents remains that our students are over-tested with the SOLs, which focus too heavily on memorization and do not accurately measure critical thinking, writing, and comprehension. We are making positive progress this year, and my bill to reduce the number of SOLs was combined with another bill that will allow for more alternative end-of-year testing by localities. This important legislation passed in the Education and Health Committee last week and will be voted on by the full Senate in the upcoming days.

Additionally, I have several bills focusing on addressing some of the challenges facing students and their families, including a bill to create more flexibility for school administrators to creatively address behavior issues without being forced to refer those cases to law enforcement, as well as creating a new pilot program for STEM teachers to receive microcredentials in order to stay up to date on the newest technologies.

Again this year, Delegate Bourne and I are sponsoring a pilot program for paid apprenticeships and internships for high school juniors and seniors to create a workforce pathway for students who want good, high-paying jobs in fields that don’t require a college degree.

College Affordability

Every year, college tuition goes up.  And yet students and their families really have no voice in that process.  Thankfully, my bill to require that colleges provide an opportunity for public comment before deciding to increase tuition passed out of committee last week.  This will give those Virginia students and families a voice in the process and hopefully provide our colleges with another perspective on their annual tuition-setting decisions.

I also sponsored a tuition control bill again this year.  The bill would cap college tuition increases at two times the rate of inflation.  So, if inflation for the previous year was 1%, the college could increase tuition by no more than 2%.  This is a way to try to keep tuition increases in line with the increase in the cost of goods and services, as well as trying to protect Virginia families from out-of-control tuition increases that bear no relation to reality or to their paychecks.

Healthcare Affordability

The rising cost of healthcare continues to be a top concern for Virginians. This year I am sponsoring legislation to end “balance billing” that unfairly hurts patients, in addition to bills to increase access to lower cost healthcare plans, and allow nurse practitioners more opportunities to practice autonomously to increase access and lower costs for many patients.

In 2018, I introduced legislation to comprehensively study balance billing and find solutions to protect patients. “Balance billing” typically occurs after a visit to the hospital when unbeknownst to you, the doctor that was assigned to you was not covered by your insurance company.  After your insurance company pays the doctor the in-network amount for the medical care, the doctor then “balance bills” you for the rest of the bill as an out-of-network patient. You’re stuck with the bill even though you had no control over which doctor was assigned to you and you expected your medical care would be covered by insurance.  I’ve heard from countless constituents who have struggled with these bills and other healthcare billing issues. So this year, we’re working on a comprehensive solution to prohibit balance billing, and create a framework for doctors to be compensated and patients to be protected from balance billing.

I’m also working to reform the Certificate of Public Need process.  This is an antiquated, 1970s-era bureaucratic process that requires the state to approve the creation of a new healthcare facility.  As part of the process, competitors of the prospective new healthcare facility are permitted to oppose the creation of the new facility and say why the new facility is not needed.  In many cases, this process simply kills competition (and, therefore, more access and lower prices) and helps protect monopoly-like healthcare and hospital systems.

Tax Cuts

As you’ve probably read in the newspaper, the federal tax cuts that went into effect this past year have a significant impact on your state taxes as well.  If the General Assembly does not make some important modifications to Virginia’s tax laws, many middle-class Virginians will actually see a tax increase on their state tax returns.  

Both the Senate and House of Delegates are working on proposed plans to address this and provide a meaningful tax cut for Virginia families.  I am carrying a bill to increase the Virginia state standard deduction to match the federal standard deduction. Virginia hasn’t meaningfully increased our standard deduction in three decades, which leads to a higher tax bill for anyone who wants to use the standard deduction on their federal taxes.

There are several other options that are under consideration, but whatever the final tax reform plan looks like, my focus is on working to ensure that Virginians actually get a state tax cut for the first time in a long time.

Transparency in Government Finances

More and more Virginia localities are beginning to post their check registers online.  This is a transparent way for citizens to see exactly how their county or city is spending their tax dollars.  I am carrying a bill again this year that would require all Virginia localities to do the same and post their check registers online so that residents, the media, and watchdogs can better ensure their limited financial resources are being used wisely.

Protecting Localities from Landfills

If you live or work in Powhatan, you’re probably aware that our neighbor to the west, Cumberland County, is working to develop a mega landfill just over the Powhatan line off of Route 60.  This will have an enormous impact on the Powhatan residents who live near the proposed landfill site, but it also has a significant impact on the rest of Powhatan and Chesterfield Counties. It is estimated that hundreds and hundreds of trash trucks are projected to travel Route 60 each and every day going to and from the landfill.  

Delegate Lee Ware and I carried a bill this session that would require any locality that plans to build a landfill must first get approval from any neighboring locality that is within five miles of the landfill site.  In this case, this bill would have required Powhatan County’s approval before the landfill could move forward. Sadly, the landfill industry was able to defeat that bill in committee. This issue was covered by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the article is provided below.  

We are still working on another bill to require VDOT to perform a comprehensive traffic study before the landfill can move forward, which may be another opportunity to provide some relief and protection for Powhatan residents.  That bill will be heard in committee this week.

Ending Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering is as old as politics and both parties have done it.  It’s the practice of politicians picking their voters, instead of the other way around.  I was proud the carry the bill that was developed by OneVirginia2021 to work to end gerrymandering in Virginia, but unfortunately our legislation did not pass in committee last week.  

But we’re not done yet and I am continuing to work to put anti-gerrymandering provisions in place in the redistricting legislation that is still moving through the legislative process. Stay tuned for developments on this important issue.

While this is brief overview of the bills I am carrying this year, I hope you will take a moment to look at my full legislative package and provide feedback. Additionally, many of you may be interested in live streaming or watching archived committee meetings of this year’s Session. You can check those out by visiting:

If you’d like to schedule a visit during Session, go on a tour of the Capitol, or share your thoughts about legislation, please call my office at (804) 698-7510. Please do not hesitate to contact me about matters of importance to you and our shared community.


Virginia Lawmakers Shoot Down Proposal to Give Powhatan County a Say in Cumberland County Landfill Project

Article by Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1-25-19

Good fences make good neighbors. Building a dump right on the boundary line apparently causes trouble.

Cumberland County’s decision to approve a 1,200-acre landfill right next to its border has irritated some of its neighbors in Powhatan County. But Powhatan residents who say they’ll now have to live next to a mega-landfill they had no say in won’t be getting any help from the Virginia General Assembly.

On Thursday, a Senate committee voted 14-0 to kill a bill brought by Sen. Glen Sturtevant, R-Richmond, that would’ve forced Cumberland to get Powhatan’s permission before proceeding with the landfill project.

Sturtevant’s Senate Bill 1761 would have required approval from any locality within a 5-mile radius of a new landfill project. Even though the landfill is in Cumberland, Sturtevant said, it will bring an estimated 250 trash trucks down U.S. Route 60, affecting his constituents in Powhatan and Chesterfield counties.

“This is not saying you can’t build a landfill,” Sturtevant told the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee. “It’s just saying don’t do it in a way that abuses your neighbor.”

Sturtevant’s colleagues didn’t buy that line of argument, saying they were worried about the ramifications of requiring one locality to get permission from its neighbor for an economic development project.

“They are not on the beaten path for economic development,” said Sen. Frank Ruff, R-Mecklenburg. “I would be very concerned about us leaving them in the lurch after they spent the money of going through the process.”

The website for the Green Ridge landfill says the project will create more than 35 jobs and pay Cumberland $1.3 million to $2.7 million in host fees in addition to additional tax revenue.

Two members of the Cumberland Board of Supervisors attended Thursday’s hearing to oppose the bill.

“It is landfills today,” said Cumberland Supervisor David Meinhard. “But what might be the industry or business that we want to aim at next time?”

Bea Gonzalez, a lobbyist for County Waste of Virginia, the company behind the Green Ridge landfill, said the bill would pit localities against each other and could lead to “skyrocketing” waste management costs for localities and businesses.

“This legislation sets an incredible precedent,” Gonzalez said.

Sturtevant said his bill applies only to landfills, and would force localities to take their neighbors into consideration or avoid the issue altogether by putting the landfill far enough away from a neighboring locality that the new law wouldn’t apply.

“There is no recourse for the folks in Powhatan as it currently stands,” Sturtevant said.

Powhatan resident Victoria Ronnau said she was worried the water supply for the hundreds of Powhatan residents who live near the site could be jeopardized by a landfill they had no control over.

“They didn’t want it in their county,” Ronnau said of Cumberland. “And they put it on us.”

The Virginia Association of Counties, which represents county governments throughout the state, also opposed the bill.

“I get that this upsets your constituents. I understand that,” Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford, told Sturtevant. “But how would Powhatan feel if every time they wanted to do an economic development project ... they had to get Cumberland’s permission?”

What’s Happening in the Capitol

Lots of constituents have taken time out of their busy schedules to come to the General Assembly and advocate on behalf of the issues that are most important to them! Martin Luther King Jr. Day is usually one of the busiest days for visitors at the Capitol – and this week was no different. It was great seeing so many friends and neighbors.

Lori and Ethan joined me for the  State of the Commonwealth address on the opening night of Session.

It was great to see students from Powhatan High School’s Advanced College Academy again this year.

Citizen advocates from the Arc of Virginia were hard at work advocating for greater access to developmental waivers.

It was an honor to be recognized as the Humane Legislator of the Year by constituent members of the Humane Society of Virginia.

Students from St. Gertrude’s High School visited the Capitol and stopped by to chat about affordable higher education.

Girl Scouts from Daisy Troop 552 stopped by on a snow day to learn more about Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol.

I enjoyed chatting with members and employees of local credit unions on their annual lobby day.


In Honor and Remembrance of 9/11

Dear Friends --

I am writing today in honor and remembrance of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and the brave and courageous Americans who sacrificed in service to our country.

On this 17th anniversary, we remember and give thanks for all those who served, the fire fighters, police, and EMTs that rushed into harm's way, the passengers who gave their lives on Flight 93, those who worked tirelessly to help the victims and their families, and those in our community who rose up to support all those in need following the attacks.

In the aftermath, we found unity in each other. The American spirit and resolve shone brightly. We came together as a country, stronger and more resilient than ever, in a bond as neighbors, friends, family - as Americans.

Let us never forget the unity, the spirit of service and sacrifice, and the impact of simple kindness that spread throughout America following 9/11.  Let’s continue to renew our efforts as fellow Americans to find and focus on those important things that bring us together and unify us.

Today, as we are all going about our day - preparing for Hurricane Florence's landfall, picking up our kids from school, getting tasks completed at work - I hope that we will all take a few minutes to remember the great loss of 9/11, the great sacrifice, and the great response.




Session Week 7 - Virginia Senate Update

Message from Glen

Dear Friends,

This week and the next few to come focus on the Commonwealth’s 2018–2020 Biennial Budget. On Thursday, the Senate passed our budget proposal, which makes investments in the core functions of government like K-12 education, pro-growth economic policies, transportation infrastructure, and public safety.

The Senate’s budget is fiscally responsible.  It does not raise taxes and does not expand the Medicaid entitlement program under Obamacare.

The House of Delegates’ proposed budget includes Medicaid Expansion and creates a new Healthcare Tax to help pay for it. 

Our current Medicaid spending is growing at an unsustainable rate and continues to crowd out other core functions of government.  As state government spends more and more on Medicaid, there are fewer and fewer dollars to invest in education, ensure roads get paved, and keep our communities safe—functions of government that are vitally important to all Virginians. 

The House’s plan will only make these budgeting challenges worse—and it’s premised on the assumption that the federal government will continue to fund a program that it has already said it plans to defund. In fact, several proposals have been made to significantly reduce the federal government’s contribution to the current Medicaid program in addition to the possible reduction or elimination of federal cost sharing for Expansion.   

Affordable private health insurance coverage continues to be at the forefront of my legislative work. My bill to make all Virginians eligible to purchase more affordable, low cost healthcare plans passed with bipartisan support in the Senate and will be considered by the House of Delegates next week. This bill will create a new health insurance coverage option for low and middle class Virginians and their families by providing essential health benefits with lower monthly premiums.

Currently, federal law makes these lower cost plans available only to those under 30 years old. My bill unwinds this burdensome federal regulation to make these more affordable health insurance plans available to all Virginians. For example, the average monthly premium for a 21 year old who has this plan is just $167 per month.

I am also co-sponsoring and supporting legislation that increases insurance choices for individuals and small businesses, expands lower-cost healthcare coverage options in the individual market, and increases the number of waivers for intellectually and developmentally disabled Virginians. These are commonsense solutions focused on lowering the cost of monthly premiums and reducing the cost of healthcare.

The House Budget is substantially different than the Senate’s and we will work hard over the next two weeks to reconcile differences and come to a final budget proposal that does not raise taxes on Virginians and that does not expand Obamacare in Virginia.

We have only two weeks left before adjournment on March 10, and if you’d like to make a trip to the Capitol during this time, our office would be happy to help arrange your visit.  Please keep in touch on matters of importance to you and our community by emailing me at


Recent Events


Students from James River High School joined us this morning in the Senate Chamber!


I enjoyed meeting with representatives and students from the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics again this year!


Working with constituent Dave Edmunds, my bill to protect seniors from loss of retirement security through pension de-risking passed in the House Commerce and Labor subcommittee.


Career and Technical Students from Thomas Jefferson High visited the Capitol to learn more about state government and watch the Senate’s floor Session!


I appreciated the opportunity to meet with the American Cancer Society this week.


Michelle Cottrell-Williams was recognized by the Virginia Senate this week for earning the incredible honor of 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year. As the husband of a school teacher, I greatly appreciate Michelle’s dedication to her students.

In the News

“Former city school board members pitch paid apprenticeships, tax credits in bipartisan bill” – WRIC – ABC 8, 2-22-18

“Editorial: Some good ideas for health care” – Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-22-18

"Virginia Seeks to Expand Mental Health Services" –WCVE PBS, 2-16-18

“Here's where key legislation stands at the session's midpoint” – Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-14-18

"Virginia Senate unanimously approves Richmond school facilities bill" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-12-18

"Senate approves bill to give Richmond businesses tax credits for employing city students" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-5-18

"Richmond Public Schools Referendum Advances to Senate Floor" - WCVE PBS, 2-7-18


Session Week 6 - Virginia Senate Update

Message from Glen

Dear Friends,

We’ve had an exciting week at the General Assembly! After Crossover on Tuesday, the Senate has begun to consider bills introduced by members of the House of Delegates. We are preparing for a busy week ahead as well, beginning with the Senate Budget proposal being published on Sunday evening.

It was a great privilege to have the family of State Police Lieutenant Jay Cullen with us this week to celebrate his life, incredible service, and to honor his sacrifice for the Commonwealth.


I am proud to report that several of my bills are now being considered by the House of Delegates after receiving widespread support. Focusing on making public education better for all students, increasing college affordability for Virginia students and families, and creating an innovative program to match students with employers in high demand fields for paid apprenticeships, this Session has been very successful so far.

I am also working to make government more accountable and transparent, and my bills to require the posting of government check registers online and to require all elected legislators to receive sexual harassment training passed the Senate and are awaiting hearings in House committees.

After many committee meetings, Senator Stanley and I were also able to gain enough support to pass our bill to prohibit taxpayer funds from being used for maximum pain experiments on companion animals. You can read more on this topic regarding abusive and unnecessary research practices by clicking here.

Affordable and quality healthcare continues to be a top priority. We are advancing commonsense solutions focused on lowering the cost of health premiums and reducing the cost of healthcare. With affordability a top priority, we approved several bills that will increase insurance choices for small businesses and their employees, expand lower-cost healthcare coverage options in the individual market, and increase the number of waivers for intellectually and developmentally disabled Virginians. 

As part of the healthcare reform package, I introduced legislation to make all Virginians eligible to purchase more affordable, low cost catastrophic healthcare plans. Currently, these lower cost plans are only available to those under 30 or who qualify for a hardship waiver from the federal government. According to the Bureau of Insurance, the average premium for a 21 year old for this plan is just $167 and includes coverage of essential health benefits and preventative care. In many cases, this is a policy that folks can actually afford while still providing general care and security in the event of a medical emergency.

As always, we greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with constituents and hope that you will consider visiting the Capitol during Session. I encourage you to keep in touch on matters of importance to you and our shared community by emailing me or calling 804-698-7510.


Recent Events


Saint Gertrude High School students visited the Capitol to meet with Richmond area legislators with their teachers Amy Pickral and Jenny Watkins.


Thea Ramirez of Adoption-Share joined us to discuss the Family Match Program. We worked together on a budget amendment this year to create a partnership with the Department of Social Services to use innovative technologies for better adoption outcomes.


I had a great discussion with Dominion Energy Virginia employees from our community about increasing energy efficiency and reliability.


Constituents from the Virginia Association of Health Underwriters stopped by to discuss issues impacting healthcare and better choices for insurance coverage for our community.


I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with physicians from the Richmond Academy of Medicine.


It was an honor to be named Legislator of the Year by the American Council of Engineering Companies at their 50th year celebration. Congrats to all this year's outstanding winners!

In the News

"Virginia Seeks to Expand Mental Health Services" –WCVE PBS, 2-16-18

“Here's where key legislation stands at the session's midpoint” – Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-14-18

"Virginia Senate unanimously approves Richmond school facilities bill" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-12-18

"Senate approves bill to give Richmond businesses tax credits for employing city students" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2-5-18

"Richmond Public Schools Referendum Advances to Senate Floor" - WCVE PBS, 2-7-18

"Richmond lawmakers submit bills to help high school students, businesses" - Richmond Free Press, 2-1-18           

“Businesses may get tax credits to train high school students” – Virginia Business, 1-23-18                 

“Virginia Lawmaker Calls for Crypto Impact Study” – Coindesk, 1-23-18     

Free Financial Aid Services for Students and Families

Students in Chesterfield, Powhatan, and Richmond can receive free professional advising on how to pay for college, technical training, or other education after high school.  College affordability continues to be one of my top priorities, and I hope that you will take advantage of GRASP Advisory Services to help plan and budget for post-high school studies.

GRASP services help ensure that any student who wishes to pursue college or technical education after high school can do so regardless of financial circumstances. Students can arrange for a private, one-on-one session with a GRASP Advisor through their high school counseling office, and their parents are encouraged to attend.

GRASP Advisors help students prepare and submit the FAFSA (the required application to be awarded financial aid), compare financial aid offer letters, apply for scholarships, and fulfill admission requirements.  “She really kept me posted and on track with what I needed to turn in and when, as well as helped me do my FAFSA start to finish,” one Chesterfield County student recently remarked about their advisor, “She also printed out and handed me scholarship information that I would not have known about otherwise.”

Last school year, 2,592 students from 24 high schools in Chesterfield, Powhatan, and Richmond benefitted from GRASP’s individual financial aid advising.  GRASP also awarded $107,250 in direct scholarships to students from these schools.

To learn more about these services or find an upcoming financial aid event in your area, visit the GRASP website at or contact


Virginia Senate Update - December 2017

Message from Glen

Dear Friends,

As 2017 comes to an end, Lori and I would like to wish you a very happy New Year, filled with love, prosperity, and good health.

I would like to sincerely thank you for your support and friendship this year. I appreciate the opportunity and honor to continue to represent you in the Virginia Senate.


The 2018 General Assembly Session will begin on Wednesday, January 10. Our office has been hard at work preparing for the New Year and are in the process of finalizing the legislation I will introduce. As always, I am focused on growing our economy, supporting and strengthening our public schools, ensuring our top notch public colleges and universities remain affordable for Virginia families, and improving government accountability and transparency.

To stay up to date with the bills I am sponsoring in the 2018 Legislative Session, please click here. If you would like to share any ideas or advocate on behalf of an issue important to you, please do not hesitate to reach out by calling my office at 804-698-7510 or emailing me at

2018 will be our first session in our temporary offices at the Pocahontas Building. We are excited to see our constituents and friends at the new location. If you plan to visit the Capitol or my office during the 2018 Session, we are happy to help you coordinate and plan your visit.

With heartfelt gratitude and excitement for the year to come, I look forward to a great 2018!


Glen Sturtevant

2018 Legislative Survey

We want to hear from you! In preparation for the upcoming General Assembly Session, my office has published our annual Legislative Survey to help us better understand your preferences and views on many important issues likely to arise. We greatly appreciate your thoughtful consideration of the questions and look forward to reading your responses.

Click here to participate.

In order for your responses to be recorded, please provide your full name and home address. All of your responses will remain anonymous and we will never share your answers or any identifying information. This step is solely to ensure that respondents are residents of the 10th Senate District.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to participate in our survey. My office is happy to provide paper surveys to anyone unable to participate in the survey online. If you have any questions or would like to request a survey by mail, please contact my Legislative Aide, Nikki, at 804-698-7510. 

Recent Events


The Military Officers Association of American and the Joint Leadership Council met with local legislators to discuss the issues most important to Veterans in Virginia.


The Chesterfield Delegation had a great legislative meeting with the Board of Supervisors and the School Board to prepare for the 2018 Session.


I was honored to receive the 2017 Friend of Nursing Award from the Virginia Nurses Association with Delegate Roxann Robinson for our work on increasing hospital safety for nurses and strengthening penalties for assaulting health care professionals.


We had a fantastic morning at Elizabeth Redd Elementary School in Richmond with Vision to Learn and Conexus to celebrate our efforts to ensure every child can see clearly at school.


Delegate Jeff Bourne and I had a great conversation with the folks at Muster discussing grassroots advocacy and the importance of bipartisan partnership for good policy.


I enjoyed catching up with the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau and the Virginia Farm Bureau.


We had an early morning meeting with the Midlothian Business Alliance chatting about our priorities in the upcoming General Assembly Session.


It was an honor to pay tribute to all of our veterans at the Chesterfield County Historical Courthouse on Veterans’ Day. Thank you to all who served and sacrificed for our great country.


The Free Clinic of Powhatan does incredible work in service of those in need. Thank you to Connie Moslow and her team for spending the morning with me discussing the services they provide and the volunteer work that makes it all possible.


I had a great meeting with the Maymont Foundation.


During the interim between sessions, I serve on several commissions, including the Joint Commission on Health Care, the Unemployment Commission, the Child Support Guidelines Review Panel, and the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program. We are wrapping up our work before the 2018 Session.

In the News

“Virginia state senators file bill to prohibit painful tests on dogs and cats” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12-13-17

“Virginia lawmaker aims to ensure dual-enrollment credits count for college” - The Washington Post, 12-14-17

“Editorial: Yes to more animal-welfare legislation at the General Assembly” - The Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12-19-17

“Richmond state senator steps forward to help carry schools initiative through General Assembly” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11-15-17

“Sturtevant and Goldman column: Richmond's students need you! Bipartisan Nov. 7 mandate will change their lives” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-23-17

“Editorial: Report raises troubling questions about dual enrollment programs” - The Roanoke Times, 10-16-17

“Veterans group calls for an end to deadly dog experiments” - WRIC, 10-20-17

Contact Us

Office Address:
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main Street, Room 513
Richmond, Virginia 23218

Mailing Address During Session:
Senate of Virginia
Attention: Senator Glen Sturtevant
P.O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: (804) 698-7510