There seems to be a penchant for local councils to go beyond their jurisdictions and pass resolutions on a wide variety of state and national issues. These local legislative councils and boards feel constrained to make their feelings known about such issues as immigration, legalization of drugs, various wars, sustainability and energy issues.
The question that comes to mind is, “Do we elect our local councils and boards to work on local issues only or can they feel free to make their feelings known on almost anything?”
I live in the Charlottesville area and I watch with a great deal of amusement as the Charlottesville City Council has passed anti-war resolutions, resolutions calling for the decriminalization of marijuana and just recently, a resolution that called for an amendment to the Constitution that would limit corporate influence in politics. READ MORE