or Login to see your representatives.

Access Candidates' and Representatives' Biographies, Voting Records, Interest Group Ratings, Issue Positions, Public Statements, and Campaign Finances

Simply enter your zip code above to get to all of your candidates and representatives, or enter a name. Then, just click on the person you are interested in, and you can navigate to the categories of information we track for them.

Public Statements

Governor McDonnell Announces Governor's Task Force for Local Government Mandate Review

Press Release

By:
Date:
Location: Richmond, VA

Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the creation of the Governor's Task Force for Local Government Mandate Review. The five-member Task Force is a result of legislation introduced during the 2011 General Assembly Session by Senator Steve Newman (R-Bedford County) to review state mandates imposed on localities and to recommend temporary suspension or permanent repeal of such mandates as appropriate.

Speaking about today's announcement, Governor McDonnell said, "I understand the challenge local governments face when trying to balance their budgets during complex financial times. This difficulty is exacerbated when the state places burdensome mandates on localities. As part of my continuing effort to support only justifiable and reasonable mandates on localities, I am pleased to create the Governor's Task Force for Local Government Mandate Review. This group will identify mandates that are overly burdensome or unnecessary and recommend appropriate changes, providing relief to local governments."

The Governor appointed the following citizens to serve on the Governor's Task Force for Local Government Mandate Review:

* The Honorable Bob Dyer, Member, Virginia Beach City Council
* The Honorable Pat Herrity, Springfield District Supervisor, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
* The Honorable Shaun Kenney, Vice-Chair, Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors
* Kimball Payne, City Manager, City of Lynchburg
* The Honorable Joan E. Wodiska, Member, Falls Church City School Board and President-elect of the Virginia School Boards Association

Additionally, City Councilwoman Alicia Hughes of Alexandria and City Councilwoman Suzy H. Kelly of Chesapeake will serve as the Government Reform Commission liaisons to the Task Force.

Senator Steve Newman said, "I am pleased that Governor McDonnell has decided to use the new legislation to gather feedback from local government professionals to reduce mandates on localities. When the state asks local governments to right size their organizations we need to provide them the tools to accomplish that goal. The governor's actions today could lead to a better relationship between state and local government and more cost cutting decisions being made at the level that is closest to the citizens, local government."


Source:
Back to top