Archive for October, 2009

A Halloween Trick? Sovereign Immunity at Risk.

Boyd Graves Conference says put localities under Tort Claims Act. More litigation and cost to the taxpayers likely if it passes. Is this an early Halloween trick? I don’t know, but I am scared already. According to the Virginia Lawyers’ Weekly Blog, the Boyd Graves Conference voted on October 23 to recommend that the General […]


Speaking Frequently, Meeting Locals

In my new role as counsel in the local government team at Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, I get great opportunities to get out of the office and meet lots of local government officials and groups all across Virginia. I am in the midst of a busy speaking season. I spoke to the Virginia Commissioner […]


Localities Using Federal Funds May Need to E-Verify

On September 8, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) rule mandating E-Verify use by certain federal contractors and subcontractors became effective. The E-Verify program, a partnership of the DHS and the Social Security Administration (SSA), is an internet-based system that allows employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of certain employees, regardless of citizenship. […]


Proposed Stormwater Regs Revised; New Comments Sought

As Sands Anderson Marks and Miller has been reporting on our Virginia Environmental Law Blog and on this blog, new stormwater regulations are in the works. On October 5, the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board adopted a heavily amended version of the proposed Virginia Stormwater Management Permit (VSMP) regulations. Here is the full story […]


U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Key Second Amendment Case

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced the cases it would hear in its fall term. The case of most interest to state and local governments is McDonald v. City of Chicago. The McDonald case is much more significant to state and local governments than last term’s District of Columbia v. Heller, ___ U.S. ___, […]