Valley legislators want to make sure people defending their homes against intruders aren't sued, seek a fresh look at local business tax rates and propose writing Virginia's "right to work" policy into the state constitution.
The first trickle of legislative proposals for the next session of the state legislature, which convenes Jan. 11, includes a proposal by Del. Richard P. "Dickie" Bell, R-Staunton, to write the "man's home is his castle' doctrine into state law.
Bell is one of the most active early filers of legislation, with six bills and one resolution. Members of the House of Delegates have so far filed 89 bills and nine resolutions — but by the end of the first few weeks of the session, they'll likely file more than 1,000, ranging from the several hundred pages of the state budget to proposals for new special license plate designs and resolutions honoring sports teams.
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