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Helpful public notice bill finds success in subcommittee

Delegate Margaret Ransone’s helpful legislation that streamlines public notice procedures for localities has found early success, favorably reporting out of the House Counties, Cities and Towns Committee’s Land Use Subcommittee early today (January 21).

HB 2114 (Ransone) provides that in an instance in which a locality has submitted a timely notice of public hearing to a newspaper published or having general circulation in the locality, and the newspaper fails to publish the notice, such locality shall be deemed to have met certain notice requirements so long as the notice was published in the next available edition.

Current law allows this only for localities located in Planning District 23 (Hampton Roads).  Delegate Ransone’s bill expands this to all localities in the Commonwealth.

VACo is grateful to have worked with Delegate Ransone on this legislation and was pleased to speak on behalf of the bill in subcommittee.  HB 2114 will now be heard by the full Counties, Cities and Towns Committee.

VACo Contact: Chris McDonald, Esq.

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