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CDC Maps of Obesity Trends,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

These maps show the United States obesity prevalence from 1985 through 2008. Obesity rates have been rising dramatically during that period. What are the causes of this rise in obesity? What should the government's role be in this public health…

VA Code § 15.2-2223. Comprehensive plan to be prepared and adopted; scope and purpose.,

Virginia General Assembly

This document describes the regulations for creating comprehensive land use plans. Comprehensive plans govern decisions about everything from recycling centers to schools. More information and context about land use planning can be found in the…

Albemarle County Land Use Handbook, Chapter 5,

Albemarle County Attorney's Office

This document explains the history of the Dillon Rule and its implementation. The handbook also discusses the rule's limitations on a locality’s land use powers. Some contentious issues include: efforts to provide affordable housing;…

Liason Officers Between State Agencies and the General Assembly - 2009 ,

Division of Legislative Automated Systems

This document is part of a list of liaison officers between state agencies, the General Assembly and its staff that is published annually. This selection includes a short description of the liaison process and the legislation governing it. In…

Apportionment of Districts (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This one-page excerpt from the Virginia constitution discusses the process of apportionment, sometimes known as "gerrymandering."

What is the role of the General Assembly in reapportionment? What role do political parties play? How might…

Amendments to the Constitution (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This one-page excerpt from the Virginia constitution discusses the process of adding amendments to the constitution.

Which branch(es) of government are responsible for amending Virginia's constitution? How do voters participate in the…

Governor (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This excerpt from the constitution of Virginia outlines the role and responsibilities of the governor of Virgina, the election process, and even information about the governor's place of residence. The document also discusses the term limit for…

Judicial Power and the Supreme Court of Virginia (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This two-page selection from the Virginia constitution outlines the judicial power and jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

What role does the Supreme Court of Virginia play in Virginia's government? Which branch of government…

Attorney General (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This one-page selection from the Virginia constitution outlines the qualifications for the office of the Attorney General.

What role does the Attorney General play in Virginia government? Why does the Virginia constitution require that the…

Lieutenant Governor (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This one-page excerpt from the constitution of Virginia discusses some of the roles and responsibilities of the Lieutenant Governor.

What role does the Lieutenant Governor play in Virginia politics? How does the office of Lieutenant…