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Redistricting Date Moved Up

Prince William County, Va. –– Prince William officials say they need to adopt their redistricting plan sooner than later.

A special meeting of the county’s board of supervisors to adopt the redistricting plan was announced late Friday night, to be held at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the Prince William County Government Center in Woodbridge.

The county originally thought they would have until May 17 to adopt the new redistricting plan.

“The change stems from an error realized by the Electoral Board. State and federal law requires absentee ballots be available no later than 45 days prior to a Primary or General Election. This requirement was not communicated to the County during the planning process for redistricting. The letter from the Electoral Board indicates that ‘… the May 17, 2011, date is no longer early enough for the Board of County Supervisors to finally adopt its redistricting plan,’” stated a press release from Prince William County.

The county’s next electoral board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 5, and is open to the public.

Stafford County has also called public meetings about their redistricting process.

Town hall meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday April 7 at Stafford High School at 33 Stafford Indian Lane, and at 7 p.m. Thursday April 14 at North Stafford High School at 839 Garrisonville Road (Va. 610).

New Law Closes School Bus Loophole

Woodbridge, Va. –– There’s a lot of meaning in the two-letter word “at.”

A bill by Del. Richard Anderson (R-51) adds the word to an existing law passed in the 1970s that mandates drivers stop at school buses.

Without the word, some judges interpreted the law literally to where drivers must stop school buses, not stop “at” school buses.

Some drivers who failed to stop at a stopped school bus loading or unloading children were let off the hook because of the loophole, said Anderson.

The new law takes effect immediately unlike other bills signed into law which take affect July 1.

“I was pleased to patron this legislation to ensure that our children are safe on their trips to and from school.  Parents expect us to take care of their students from the time they leave home and until they return.  This bill does just that,” said Anderson in a press release.

Anderson drafted the bill and filed it with the house clerk’s office, but it was similar to another bill by Del. Scott Surovell (D-44).

Surovell’s bill was absorbed into Anderson’s bill and both freshman delegates worked together to pass the legislation.

Lone immigration bill survives

Del. Richard L. Anderson, R-Va. 51

Legislators’ attempt to put tougher restrictions on illegal immigrants in Virginia failed in the state Senate Wednesday – all except for one bill.

The E-Verify bill, which would require any corporation doing business with Virginia subject their employees to an electronic background check verify their employees are eligible to work in the U.S.

It has survived in a Senate some Republicans say too often block measures to curb illegal immigration in the state. Democrats often say immigration reform unfairly targets Hispanics and could lower the rate at which they report crimes to local police. (more…)

E-Verify bill moving forward

Del. Richard L. Anderson, R-Va. 51

Woodbridge, Va. –– A new bill sponsored by a Woodbridge lawmaker would force state agencies to verify that those contracted to work for them may legally do so in the U.S.

Del. Richard L. Anderson (R, Va.-51) has sponsored HB 1859, which would require any agency contracted to do $50,000 or more in work for the state submit their employees to an E-Verify check, which would determine their employment eligibility.

The bill remains in committee but is gaining traction among lawmakers. (more…)

Anderson to lead Civil Air Patrol


Woodbridge, Va. –– Richard L. Anderson has accepted a high-ranking position in with the Civil Air Patrol.

The republican delegate from Virginia’s 51nd District, which includes Woodbridge and Lake Ridge, was appointed chairman of the organization’s board of governors this fall.

He will assume his new role in February.

Anderson, a retired Air Force Colonel, brings with him more than 30 years of experience working with defense missile and space command.

He joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1969 and has served the organization as both a cadet and senior member.

“It is truly a privilege to be elected chairman of the Board of Governors,” Anderson said in a press release. “I look forward to this new opportunity to continue to serve this outstanding organization, one of the premier community service organizations in America.”

Later in his CAP career, Anderson from 1993 until 96 was one of the youngest national commanders ever to serve in the organization. (more…)

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