Sunday, January 20, 2013
Fairfax County School Board supports legislators' proposal to repeal, or make better exceptions to, "King's Dominion law."
Sunday, January 20
By Erica R. Hendry and Kristen Smith, Capital News Service Lawmakers across Virginia are pushing a half-dozen bills this legislative session to let public schools start classes before Labor Day. Del. Kaye Kory, D-Falls Church, is among legislators sponsoring bills to repeal Virginia’s “King’s Dominion law,” which prevents local schools from opening before Labor Day unless they get special permission from the state. Kory’s proposal, House Bill 1491, “makes local school boards responsible for setting the school calendar and determining the opening day of the school year.” Currently, school boards can start classes before Labor Day only if they show “good cause” (such as a history of snow-related school closings) and get a waiver from the …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Del. Scott Surovell wants stores with shopping carts to be held accountable for collecting them from surrounding neighborhoods.
After pulling 136 shopping carts out of a creek in the Alexandria area during an October cleanup, Del. Scott Surovell (D-44th District) has introduced House Bill 2011 during the 2013 Virginia General Assembly. The bill states it “shall be unlawful for any person to place, leave, or abandon on any real property in the county, or within specified districts within the [Fairfax] county." It does not mention shopping carts specifically, but Surovell said the bill covers abandoned personal property. Grocery stores and department stores with shopping carts should be held accountable for retrieving the carts left abandoned in Fairfax County communities. If you’re caught taking a shopping cart from a grocery store and you take it home, under the …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
City Council presented their 2013 legislative program Monday to Senate and Congress representatives.
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-35th District) wasn’t too optimistic about some of the items on the City of Falls Church’s 2013 legislative program. The senator, joined by Del. Jim Scott (D-53rd District), who represents the city in Richmond, answered council members' questions as best they could. On their priority list, city officials want the legislature to adopt an ordinance prohibiting people from carrying guns and other dangerous weapons in any city-owned and publicly leased property or facility. Currently, Virginia law only prohibits people from carrying guns into places of worship, courthouses and schools. Under the current state law, people can carry their guns into city-owned facilities, meeting halls and recreational facilities. “You’re not …