Marshal some courage on Dillon Rule

My latest column, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Wednesday (and made it to the Whipple Clips this morning – a first 😉 ). I found it interesting that the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform & Restructuring was limited in its ability to review the Dillon Rule. Seems to me that if you are serious … Continue reading Marshal some courage on Dillon Rule

Bill highlight: Englin’s HJ111 – study the Dillon Rule

Del. David Englin (D-45) has proposed HJ111, the purpose of which is to study the Dillon Rule. WHEREAS, the Dillon Rule is a 19th century judicial philosophy of statutory construction that holds that all local authority must be based on expressed constitutional or statutory provisions; and WHEREAS, Virginia is among a handful of states that … Continue reading Bill highlight: Englin’s HJ111 – study the Dillon Rule

Pesky Dillon Rule

The front page of Sunday’s Virginian-Pilot contained a story about the abandoned homes in South Hampton Roads older cities, Norfolk and Portsmouth. Abandoned homes decrease surrounding property values and are magnets for crime. The ability of the cities to address the problem is hampered by that old standby, the Dillon Rule: Wilmington, Del., has reduced … Continue reading Pesky Dillon Rule

The Direction on the Dillon Rule

I finally got around to watching The Direction’s videocast posted last week. Ken spent most of the time in this 36 minute show talking about the Dillon Rule. He calls it a “red herring” and takes to task those who think the rule should be abolished. I fully expected the standard answer for supporting the … Continue reading The Direction on the Dillon Rule

VB: That pesky Dillon Rule

In today’s Pilot, there is an article on the Virginia Beach council’s task force regarding the meal tax in that city. The task force recommended that council support “state legislation to require a referendum on any future meals tax increases.” That legislation has been proposed by Del. John J. Welch, R-Virginia Beach. No dice, says … Continue reading VB: That pesky Dillon Rule

DYK…Virginia is a Dillon Rule state?

In 1865, an Iowa judge by the name of John Dillon ruled in the case of Clark v City of Des Moines: It is a general and undisputed proposition of law that a municipal corporation possesses and can exercise the following powers and no others: First, those granted in express words; second, those necessarily or … Continue reading DYK…Virginia is a Dillon Rule state?

Antiquated rule discourages regional ventures

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in Wednesday’s Virginian-Pilot. As you might expect, I’m once again banging on the Dillon Rule. But I’m not alone in doing so. An article in the Richmond Times Dispatch drew my attention to the fact that the Intergovernmental Relations Committee of the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform & Restructuring … Continue reading Antiquated rule discourages regional ventures