James City supervisors discuss legislative agenda

The county Board of Supervisors will present a light agenda to state legislators next month.

County attorney Adam Kinsman told the board at its Tuesday work session that the county has few priorities the General Assembly should address.

“It’s pretty quiet so far,” Kinsman said.

Each fall, the county attorney and supervisors discuss priorities before taking them to local legislators.

The board decided to support the requests of three organizations at the General Assembly: Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, League of Social Services and Colonial Behavioral Health.

The Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services is seeking to secure state funding for software licenses and training for local departments of social services.

The League of Social Services is seeking a change in state code to provide for the emergency appointment of a temporary conservator in cases where there is an immediate threat to incapacitated people. The league works to combat hunger, support vulnerable children, strengthen families in need and serve the elderly, according to its website.

Colonial Behavioral Health is seeking more funding for state-mandated services. David Coe, executive director of the organization, said Colonial Behavioral Health is seeking a total of $3.5 to $4 million from the state.

The public can comment on the county’s priorities during a Nov. 14 supervisors meeting.

Kinsman said the priorities will be presented to state legislators during the board’s Nov. 28 work session. Sen. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg; Sen. Thomas Norment, R-Williamsburg; Del. Michael Mullin, D-Newport News; and Del. Brenda Pogge, R-Norge, all represent portions of James City County.

Last year, the General Assembly passed legislation giving James City County the ability to apply zoning regulations to short-term rentals, such as Airbnb, and to require a short-term rental registry.

The General Assembly meets Jan. 10 until March 11.

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