Dan McDermott sits down with Virginia General Assembly Delegate Clifford L. “Clay” Athey, Jr., a Republican who since 2002 has represented Front Royal and Warren County, Warrenton and northern Fauquier County and the southern part of Frederick County, including the towns of Middletown and Stephens City. Del. Athey is Vice Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee and is a member of three other committees: Health Welfare and Institutions, Militia Police and Public Safety, and Education. Previously, Athey served 4 years on Front Royal’s town council and one 2-year term as Front Royal Mayor.
Monday-Part 1: Elections and Illegal Gambling
Del. Athey explains what “Crossover Week” means in the Virginia General Assembly. He also discusses two of the bills he feels are important this year. The first would require localities to fill vacated seats with a special election. This bill came about when then Attorney General Robert McDonnel issued an opinion that Front Royal Town Councilman Shae Parker could not vote on certain fiscal issues because he was not elected but rather was appointed by council to fill the unexpired term of Eugene Tewalt, who resigned to become mayor.
Del. Athey also discusses his bill to ban a type of game that he says is exploiting a loophole and is in essence all-but-illegal gambling.
Tuesday-Part 2: Urban Development and Warren County’s North Corridor Lawsuit
Del. Athey discusses Urban Development legislation to encourage denser development within towns and cities and discourage “seas of housing” in rural areas.
Athey also discusses a recent ruling by Circuit Court Judge Dennis Hupp that said Front Royal was illegally taxing businesses in the north corridor of Warren County.
Wednesday-Part 3: Should we close state parks?
Del. Athey says he does not support Gov. Robert McDonnell’s plan to close state parks and says it would not save money because they are profitable.
Thursday-Part 4: Should Virginia privatize liquor sales?
Del. Athey says he favors moving to a franchise system that would limit the number of stores and would require that only Virginians own them.
Friday-Part 5: Should Toyota officials be put in jail?
Del. Athey says he owns a Toyota van and is concerned about its safety. He also said it wouldn’t surprise him if Toyota officials knowingly committed acts that could lead to criminal prosecution.