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Virginia Property Rights Dispute Prompts Legislation

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker is sponsoring legislation prompted by a Fauquier County farmer's property-rights skirmish with her local government.
    
Del. Scott Lingamfelter's proposal would amend the state's Right to Farm Act to make it clear that farmers can sell items that are incidental to their farm operation on their own property. The Prince William County Republican discussed the bill at a Tuesday news conference.
    
Last year, farmer Martha Boneta was fined by Fauquier County for selling handmade crafts and other items without obtaining a proper permit. Boneta's supporters protested by carrying pitchforks to local government offices, and she has since sued the county. Boneta says selling those items can be the difference in making ends meet.
    
Lingamfelter says the county's actions violated Boneta's fundamental rights and unfairly restricted her property rights.

 

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