2017 Legislation Package
2017 Legislative Survey
In September 2017, the Fairfax County Federation of Citizen Associations conducted its annual survey for opinions about issues facing Fairfax citizens. Your responses contributed to making a better Fairfax County and Virginia Commonwealth.
The survey had several multiple choice questions, two write-in responses, and took four to ten minutes to complete.
The survey closed at midnight September 13.
Questions about the survey? Contact Contact the Legislation Committee Co-Chairs at FedLegislationChr"2017%20@%20fairfaxFederation.org
All Survey responses were consolidated into nine groupings for consideration and review by the nine Federation committees which researched them. Each committee produced two to five draft Issue papers.
2017 Legislative Package Items
At the Federation Board meeting the week before the membership meeting the issue papers were edited for accuracy and reviewed by the board for presentation to the Federation membership.
Here are the individual issues the board has chosen to for full membership approval (each will show in clear text when the link is clicked, or you may chose to download the associated pdf version):
You may also choose to download the entire 2017 Board approved Legislation package as one document.
Final 2017 Legislative Package
These issues were discussed and voted on by the Federation Membership at its 27 October meeting for inclusion in the final Federation Legislative Package
This membership-approved package dated 28 October was sent to each of the 25 members of the Fairfax delegation to the Virginia General Assembly and to each of the ten members of the Board of Supervisors.
|Index of the Issues
|Conservation / Environment
|| Enable solar companies to compete fairly and lower the cost of electricity for all
|Conservation / Environment
|| Grant local jurisdictions authority to require developers to demonstrate that new projects will neither increase the stormwater runoff volume nor decrease water quality.
||County-City Revenue Equalization
|| Grant counties equivalent revenue-generating authority as cities.
||ESOL and FRM per student funding
|| Provide state funding on a per student basis to support the additional needs of students enrolled in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and FRM (free & reduced meals) programs.
||School Opening Date
|| Permit local school boards to set the opening date of the school year.
|Governance / Legislation
||Modify the Dillon Rule
|| Allow counties to adopt home-rule government structures and policies they determine would be the most effective in performing local functions.
||In-Fill and Redevelopment
|| Repeal and replace § 15.2-2303.4. Standardize developer requirements across localities that would adequately fund infrastructure development in support of increased density while protecting developers from abusive proffer requirements.
||Hands Free Driving
|| Make illegal the use of a telephone while driving unless employing "hands free" technology.
||Law Enforcement VFOIA
|| Revoke governments' authority to exempt from FOIA release under the currently allowed nine categories of exception (1) reports of incidents involving police shootings and (2) other law enforcement records.
Legislation Committee Archive