01/09/18 4:08PM Update:
Virginia Senators Lionell Spruill-D (Chesapeake and Norfolk) and John Cosgrove-R (Chesapeake, VA Beach, Isle of Wight, Southampton Co., Franklin Co., Portsmouth and Suffolk) have both filed identical legislation for the upcoming 2018 Virginia General Assembly session that begins on Wednesday January 10, 2018 in Richmond.
If an emergency shelter is opened in Virginia then that city or county is in the midst of an emergency, perhaps even a mandatory evacuation. People who go to a shelter do so because they are seeking aid, they have no transportation to flee the area, they have no money to stay at a hotel or they have no family to depend on.
I always look for reasonable fixes to legislation that has a reasonable goal which should be to fix an actual problem.