Public Policy

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation has agreed to act as a mediator in a property rights dispute between a Fauquier County farmer and the Piedmont Environmental Council. 

Depending on the outcome, some farmers say the case could have a negative impact on the state's conservation easements program and create a hostile environment between landowners and government entities.

There was a time when a license plate simply identified a car, its owner and, in many cases, if it was on the road legally. But now, with advancing technology, it's much more—and a lot of people don't like it.  

Recent published reports indicate that police departments are using license plate scanners without the public’s knowledge—and even when people haven't committed an infraction. 

Lawmakers are trying to decide exactly what police departments and other agencies can do with that information.

A bipartisan group of state senators and delegates has formed the General Assembly’s first-ever “Personal, Privacy Protection Caucus” of lawmakers. 

Their goal is to refine the law to prevent state and local governments from large-scale gathering and storage of personal data—especially if it takes place without individual warrants. 

The members say they're also trying to strike the right balance between public safety and Fourth Amendment protections.

The caucus plans to hold hearings and consult law enforcement this year to craft new legislation.


Annual Population Report

Jan 28, 2014

Population growth in Virginia slowed last year—but the commonwealth still outpaced the nation.

Between 2012 and 2013, Virginia’s population grew less than 1-percent, to nearly 8-point-3 million people.  That’s the slowest growth in the state since the recession….but still higher than the national average.

Giving Back the Gifts

Jul 30, 2013

Governor McDonnell speaking on Washington radio station WTOP now says that not only is he paying back all loans received from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, he is also returning all gifts.