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Albemarle Co. Supervisors Meet with Lawmakers to Discuss Key Issues for Next General Assembly Session

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The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meeting with state lawmakers and aides. The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meeting with state lawmakers and aides.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors met with state lawmakers and legislative aides Tuesday to discuss key issues it would like passed during the next General Assembly session. The board hopes to tackle courts and a Confederate statue issue in Richmond.

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors is taking on the issue of Confederate statues. 

“Many of us feel very concerned that that's right in front of our courthouse, that we have confederate symbolism right in front of our courthouse,” said Liz Palmer of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisors have received a petition to remove the statue, known as "At Ready,” which honors the everyday Confederate soldier. However, the board is not looking for its removal.

“It is extremely important to understand why the statue was put up there in the first place and under what circumstances,” said Palmer.

Instead, it is looking to give the statue context, to present a better historical representation.

“Maybe an explanatory plaque that says this is what happened during this period of time - this is another point of view - that's contextualization to me,” said 25th District Senator Creigh Deeds.

But, right now, state law does not allow county officials to "disturb" or "interfere" with any monuments or memorials. Supervisors are hoping to change this.

The board also brought up its recent proposal to move one of its courts to a building just steps away. The county and Charlottesville announced the $30 million investment Monday but the law requires General Assembly approval before it can go forward. 

“We need permission from the General Assembly to move our General District Court to a new building across the street,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Ann Mallek. “The legislature is very protective of these kinds of decisions and so they said they needed to get this approval.”

State delegates David Toscano and Rob Bell have agreed to carry the legislation to the General Assembly for approval. 

“I feel strongly that that will go forward, it's an idea that that we ought to embrace because we ought to be about incentivizing localities to work together,” Deeds said.

Board members and lawmakers also brought up other priorities including carrying specific loaded weapons in public areas and issues of high health insurance premiums. The General Assembly will take up these and other issues when the session convenes in January.

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