ERIC Number: ED309107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A New Forum for State-Local Dialogue.
Moss, Carolyn J.; Roberts, Deborah D.
The University of Virginia News Letter, Feb 1989
Virginia's distinctive political and legislative tradition makes its intergovernmental relations particularly challenging. Following the Dillon Rule, a 19th century legal doctrine that limits local governments to exercising only those powers specifically authorized by statue, Virginia is the only state that maintains an independent city system, making its 41 cities legally separate from their surrounding counties. Despite the general success of various ad hoc study groups, the need for a standing body to consider these issues on a full-time basis has become apparent. Twenty-eight states currently have permanent institutional forums specifically charged with improving their intergovernmental systems. These Advisory Commission(s) on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR) have some common models, but no two state's versions are alike. Virginia conducted a survey of the chief elected officials in every town, city, county, and regional planning commission to investigate local reaction to a state ACIR. Most respondents favored the formation of an ACIR, with local, legislative, and executive representation which would meet at least quarterly and perform the roles of a statewide forum and information clearinghouse. Of the various options presented, the reconstitution and expansion of the present Local Government Advisory Council into such an ACIR is suggested. Legislation to that effect was passed by the General Assembly in 1989, and will be enacted in January, 1990. (PPB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Control, Institutional Autonomy, Institutional Cooperation, State Action, State Agencies, State Government, State Legislation, State Surveys, Statewide Planning
Center for Public Service, University of Virginia, 2015 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901-1795 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. Center for Public Service.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia