A bill sponsored by Loudoun Delegate John J. Bell (D-87) to increases the fines for misdemeanor criminal conviction of local zoning laws cleared the House of Delegate on Monday. All of Loudoun’s House delegation supported the measure.
The bill would increase the maximum fine for zoning violations from $1,000 to $2,000 and the fines for failure to correct a violation after a conviction from $1,500 to $2,000 for successive 10-day periods.
The bill initially proposed an increase to $2,500, but that was lowered by a committee amendment.
A companion bill, also amended to permit a $2,000 maximum fine, carried by Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31) passed the Senate last week on a 22-17 vote, . Loudoun Sen. Dick Black was the only member of the Loudoun delegation to oppose the bill.