Counties, cities, towns, sanitary districts and authorities-these are the building blocks of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The operations of these units directly affect the day-to-day activities of every Virginian. The Virginia Constitutional Revision Commission (the Commission), in proposing its recommended changes to the Virginia Constitution of 1902, therefore, considered the area of local government most carefully. Its recommendations contained in Article VII of the proposed Revised Constitution of 1971, set forth in the Commission's Report. When the proposed Constitution was considered by the General Assembly in the special session of 1969 before its final adoption by the General Assembly and approval by the voters as the Revised Constitution of 1971, certain key sections of the Article were rewritten as extensively as any sections in the Constitution.
Jack Spain Jr.,
The General Assembly and Local Government: Legislating A Constitution 1969-1970,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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