General Assembly encourages localities and schools to partner with law enforcement on wireless internet access

October 15, 2015

The Virginia House of Delegates has asked VACo to notify its membership about House Joint Resolution 644, which encourages localities and school divisions to partner with local law-enforcement agencies regarding wireless Internet access. The joint resolution passed during the 2015 General Assembly Session and is intended to communicate the sense of the General Assembly on this issue to localities. Below is the full text of the joint resolution.

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 4, 2015
Agreed to by the Senate, February 24, 2015

WHEREAS, in many places in the Commonwealth, local law-enforcement officers may have trouble accessing the Internet while performing their duties; and

WHEREAS, in many of those localities, the schools within the school district offer wireless Internet capability; and

WHEREAS, the use of a school’s wireless Internet capability may offer the advantages of greater governmental efficiency and increased law-enforcement presence at schools; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That Virginia’s localities and school divisions be encouraged to partner with local law-enforcement agencies regarding wireless Internet access; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates transmit a copy of this resolution to the Virginia Municipal League and the Virginia Association of Counties, requesting that their Executive Directors further disseminate copies of this resolution to their respective constituents so that they may be apprised of the sense of the General Assembly of Virginia in this matter.

VACo Contact: Erik Johnston, CAE

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