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Special Report: Tracking GA District Office Allowances

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By: Ryan Nobles – bio | email

In case you missed it Friday night on NBC12-TV. Here is my special report on the Virginia General Assembly’s District Office Allowances:

You can read the story on NBC12.com.

As a matter of record, each lawmaker that we spoke to on the record (several refused our request to speak on the issue) said that the system needs a degree of reform. That includes both Governor Bob McDonnell and the Lt. Governor Bill Bolling.

Arlington Delegate Bob Brink (D) has already offered several opportunities for his fellow lawmakers to offer more accountability in the system and his proposed legislation has gone nowhere.  In 2001, he proposed this bill, that was promptly bottled up in committee. He offered a different version of as late as 2006, that would allow current members to be grandfathered in, but then would apply levels of accountability to newly elected members.  That too, never even made it out of committee.

We will continue to keep up with the members of the General Assembly to see if they act to improve the system.

Meanwhile, we’d like to know what you think. Is this important to you, or is it not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things?  Leave your comments below or on the story posted on our main site NBC12.com.

Written by Ryan Nobles

May 22, 2010 at 12:18 am

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