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Defeat of RMA bill symbolic of regional dysfunction

Relationships among localities in area are strained

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY COVERAGE: Follow the latest news and updates from the 2013 session of Virginia's General Assembly.

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 12:00 am

The collapse of a legislative agreement to restructure the Richmond Metropolitan Authority has left a bitter residue of mistrust and missed opportunities for the region.

What would have been a historic regional deal died instead by a committee vote on the floor of the Virginia Senate last month, the victim of opposition by a prominent Democratic senator from Richmond and, according to some senators involved in the debate, a late change of heart by the city’s mayor, which the mayor denies.

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