Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Minimum Standards for Licensed Private Child-Placing Agencies [22 VAC 40 ‑ 131]
Action Adopt new standards for licensed private child-placing agencies.
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 4/1/2011
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4/1/11  3:45 pm
Commenter: Tom Stalzer

Oppostion to proposed language of 22 VAC 40-131-170

I write in opposition to the proposed language of 22 VAC 40-131-170, which would add the following language to the “Program Statement” section of the Standards for Licensed Child-Placing Agencies.

It is the role of the elected members of the General Assembly, and not of state executive departments, to set policy for the Commonwealth.  Absent enabling legislation, a state agency has no authority to include sexual orientation in a nondiscrimination policy, particularly since its inclusion as a protected classification has been so often rejected by the General Assembly. 

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