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Warrantless entry plan nixed in Chesterfield

Faced with criticism from the ACLU and other sources, the Chesterfield County supervisors reportedly have dumped a proposed ordinance that would have permitted inspectors to enter rental units without first getting warrants.

The ACLU of Virginia said the supervisors voted unanimously against the measure last evening.

Under the proposed ordinance, building owners in designated districts would have been required to allow inspections of the interior of their properties once notified by county officials.  If they or their tenants refused, the owners could be punished with a fine of up to $2,500 for the first offense, with harsher punishments for continued violations.

By Peter Vieth

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