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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

City of Salem Postpones Vote to Comply With New Airgun Law

The Salem City Council tabled a vote on bringing the City's airgun ordinance in line with a new state law that became effective July 1st. They opted instead to draft a letter of complaint to the General Assembly. The City of Roanoke chose a similar course last month.

m.roanoke.com-Salem City Council tables revision of air gun code

Seems the council members don't like state legislators treading on territory council members believe they alone should control.

It's bad when a mostly urban Fairfax County can bring their ordinance in line with state law (albeit reluctantly) and a mostly rural city like Salem or Roanoke act like spoiled children and send letters of complaint to state law makers.

1 comment:

Bricker said...

Fascinating. As Virginia is a Dillon's Rule state, this reluctance seems less like petulance and more like a rather alarming disconnect on the part of Salem (and Roanoke) local legislators. In Virginia, "...Municipal corporations owe their origin to, and derive their powers and rights wholly from, the [state] legislature. It breathes into them the breath of life, without which they cannot exist. As it creates, so may it destroy. If it may destroy, it may abridge and control."