In Virginia Attorney General Race, Every Vote Counts

By: Andrew McRoberts.

On election night 2013, as I stood watching election returns, an Australian gentlemen visiting America asked me what percentage of Virginians were voting that day. I paused to think.  First, I recited the percentage of registered voters that typically vote in a Virginia election, 40%, give or take.  Then, I considered what percentage of the [...]

 

Newly Elected Officials Workshop

By: Marketing.

Sands Anderson PC and Davenport & Company LLC are pleased to present a half day program for Newly Elected Officials. The program will lead participants through the many issues that elected Officials encounter on a regular basis. The seminar is designed to assist Newly Elected Officials to understand and discuss Virginia local government and school [...]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law October 31, 2013

By: Andrew McRoberts.

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law.  Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website, click on the Record Number to read opinion): 122035 Amin v. County of Henrico 10/31/2013 The Court of Appeals erred in concluding that it lacked jurisdiction to consider an [...]

 

Bankruptcy From a Governmental Perspective

By: William A. Gray.

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), together with the States’ Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys (SABA), held their annual seminar, “Bankruptcy From a Governmental Perspective”, on October 6 – 9, 2013, in Santa Fe New Mexico.  The conference was held under the auspices of the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI).  Government attorneys [...]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law September 12, 2013

By: Andrew McRoberts.

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law.  Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website): PKO Ventures, LLC v. Norfolk Redev’t & Housing Auth. 09/12/2013 In a condemnation proceeding in which the property owner asserted that a redevelopment and housing authority lacked the [...]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law June 6, 2013

By: Andrew McRoberts.

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions yesterday, some of which affect local government law.  Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website): Friends of the Rappahannock v. Caroline Cnty. Bd. Sups. 06/06/2013 In ruling on a demurrer and motion to dismiss a declaratory judgment complaint brought by a conservation organization and [...]

 

After Many Years, US Supreme Court Again Takes On Legislative Prayer

By: Cullen Seltzer.

Cullen D. Seltzer, Esquire, litigator and colleague here at Sands Anderson PC, recently shared his report about a key legislative prayer case going to be decided by the United States Supreme Court.  Given the number of legislative prayers that we local government attorneys witness and are asked to opine upon, it should be watched carefully. [...]

 

Are You Ready for the Affordable Care Act?

By: Andrew McRoberts.

Are you a “large employer” and are you ready for the Affordable Care Act?  Beginning January 1, 2014, most U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required to have qualified health care coverage pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (“Act”).   The Act requires employers defined as “large” to offer that coverage for its “full-time” employees [...]

 

Happy Anniversary Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)! New Regs Effective Today

By: Andrew McRoberts.

Happy Anniversary, FMLA! For local government employers having 50 or more employees, the FMLA is already part of your employment law world. Now, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued new regulations along with an updated poster requirement [...]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law Feb. 28, 2013

By: Andrew McRoberts.

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court issued several opinions affecting Virginia local government law.  The opinions run the gamut from the voluntary payment doctrine, to vested rights in zoning, to the county claims statute. Congratulations to the local governments who prevailed. The summaries below are from the Virginia Supreme Court website.  Click on the case number [...]