Local government; publication of notices for charter changes, referenda, and public hearings, etc; (HB2355)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Local government; publication of notices for charter changes, referenda, and public hearings, etc; alternatives. Gives localities alternatives to publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality for legal ads and other notices of proposed action. These alternatives include publication in at least two of the following forms of publication: (i) in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality, including such newspaper's online publication, if any, (ii) on the locality's website, (iii) on any public access channel operated by the locality, to be aired during prime time programming and at least two other times during the day, or (iv) using any automated voice or text alert systems used by the locality. In addition, the bill provides that any resident of the locality annually filing a written request for notification with the locality shall be provided notice by the locality in a manner mutually agreed upon by the locality and such individual. The request shall include the resident's name, address, zip code, daytime telephone number, and electronic mail address, if available. In selecting the methods of publication, the bill requires the locality to publish/advertise in a manner gauged to ensure that the maximum number of persons within the locality is likely to be informed of the existence and content of the proposed action. The bill contains technical amendments. Amends § 15.2-1201, § 15.2-1301, § 15.2-1416, § 15.2-1719, § 15.2-1720, § 15.2-1813, § 15.2-201, § 15.2-202, § 15.2-2108.7, § 15.2-2114, § 15.2-2204, § 15.2-2214, § 15.2-2316.2, § 15.2-2400, § 15.2-2401, § 15.2-2506, § 15.2-2507, § 15.2-2606, § 15.2-3107, § 15.2-3400, § 15.2-3537, § 15.2-3913, § 15.2-4528, § 15.2-5104, § 15.2-5403, § 15.2-5431.5, § 15.2-5602, § 15.2-5702, § 15.2-5711, § 15.2-619, § 15.2-903, § 15.2-909, § 15.2-951, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

  • 01/14/2009 Committee
  • 01/14/2009 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 098547592
  • 01/14/2009 Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
  • 01/23/2009 Assigned CC & T sub: 2
  • 02/05/2009 Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting
  • 02/10/2009 Left in Counties, Cities and Towns

Comments

Allen Bunch writes:

I read the complete text. If I understood it correctly, a meeting could be advertised in any two of several different mediums without the public knowing which ones. It should be required to be published in at least one newspaper and any two of the other proposed mediums. That way everyone could always be sure it could be found in the paper.