Federalism

The past and future of home rule in Virginia

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November 19, 2020

Audrey McFarlane, Richard C. Schragger, Daniel Farbman, David Toscano, Larry Roberts, Leslie Hager-Smith, Levar Stoney, Justin Wilson

Hosted by William Antholis

Virginia is currently one of the few states that has not adopted statutory or constitutional home rule for its local governments. Because Virginia follows Dillon's Rule, cities, counties, and towns need authorization from the General Assembly to enact almost any policy. This event examines the history and consequences of the legal framework that currently defines local government authority in the Commonwealth.