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Virginia Beach teen works with Del. Don Scott to close tax exemption for Daughters of the Confederacy
(VA Pilot) Simone Nied was eating dinner a few months back when her father, an attorney, mentioned a strange real estate tax exemption he had found in the state code. It stated that the Virginia Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was exempt from paying real estate recordation taxes when it buys, sells or leases property.
Nied, 15, is an intern for Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Virginia Beach, and a rising sophomore at Kempsville High School. She’s starting an organization to help female high schoolers take leadership positions in their communities and run for office. She did some research, watched a documentary about the Daughters of the Confederacy and found an article in Facing South, an online magazine put out by the Institute for Southern Studies, that described it as “a sort of public relations agency” for the Ku Klux Klan.
She wondered why the tax exemption was still on the books. “I was appalled,” she said. “I was kind of disgusted.”
But she took action. She reached out to Del. Don Scott, D-Portsmouth, the minority leader of the Virginia House, who had no idea that law existed… (BullSh%%! – DD)Read the rest