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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. 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."