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McDonnell Proposes Removing 20 Unfunded Mandates

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is proposing an end to twenty unfunded mandates on city and county governments, according to Associated Press.

McDonnell calls it a first step toward reducing burdens the state places on localities. Among his recommendations are allowing school districts to set their own calendars, ending the mandate that teachers receive civics education, and ending the authority circuit courts have to order new courthouses be built.

His proposal would also end the requirement that localities advertise bids for contract work in newspapers and double the time governments have to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request from five days to 10 days. The governments could also take a 10-day extension to comply with FOIA.

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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

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