Farrell’s bill would give localities right to establish retirement plans
Del. Peter Farrell, R- Henrico, is sponsoring legislation that would give local governments the option to establish and maintain a defined retirement plan for its employees in lieu of other retirement plans. Farrell said this bill was part of his priority to give local governments the option of having more power to govern its own citizens.
“Respecting [local governments’] ability to self-govern in a measured way is important,” Farrell said. “They have the right and capability to make decisions on their own.”
The bill, HB 1331, is also supported by Del. Mark Cole, R-Fredericksburg.
Cole said he did not see the bill as placing more responsibilities with local governments, but rather as giving them more options to help their employees.
“It does not require any localities to provide such a plan,” Cole wrote in an email. “But just allows them to do so if they wish.”
The legislation provides that each locality may establish a local retirement system that provides a service retirement allowance to each employee who retires at age 65 or older.
The allowance must equal or exceed two-thirds of the service retirement allowance to which the employee would have been entitled to under the defined benefit plan of the Virginia Retirement System.
The bill, which is currently awaiting a vote in the Appropriations Committee, would affect employees hired on or after July 1.
The 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.
Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings. > Read more.
The Children’s Museum of Richmond last week opened its new Short Pump location at Short Pump Town Center, to the delight of children who attended a sneak preview of the location July 10. The new facility, located under the forthcoming LL Bean store (formerly the food court) is 8,500 square feet in size – much larger than CMoR’s former Short Pump location at West Broad Village, which opened in 2010. The new space includes The CarMax Foundation Service Station, the Silver Diner, a grocery store, a performance stage and an art studio, as well as a giant Light Bright Wall. > Read more.
Spinoff is predictably silly, devoid of plot
In Minions, those jibberjabbering little corncob things from Despicable Me have finally earned their own feature film. Specifically, three of them: Kevin (tall), Stuart (plays the ukulele) and Bob (loves his teddy bear), all voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin.
After tracing the evolution of Minionkind – we don’t know what they are, but we know they’re hardwired to serve the baddest villain around – our three Minion heroes set off upon a quest to save their species and find the newest, nastiest villain overlord. > Read more.
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