Home rule should be fully implemented in the state of Virginia. Under home rule, a governing body would have more flexibility over its affairs.
However, this flexibility is subject to restrictions imposed by:
How does one get “home rule?” First the state legislative body must pass enabling legislation of the state constitution must be amended to allow for home rule.
Second, registered voters much decide if they want to create a home rule study commission. Third, the home rule study commission will make a comprehensive study of the existing government.
After a long study, the home rule study commission will decide whether it wants to:
Write a home rule charter, or
To keep things as they are. During the home rule writing process, public hearings would be held. At the hearings, citizens and groups would give their input.
Fourth, the proposed home rule charter would be submitted to the voters for their yes or no vote.
Fifth, if approved, the home rule charter would go into effect.
Home rule has many advantages. I believe it is time for home rule in Virginia.
Robert H. Wright Jr.