Wednesday, February 29, 2012

HB 1160 Victory in Sight


Dear Friends, 
Yesterday, I agreed to an amendment of my HB 1160 in the state Senate which now reads:
“1. § 1. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no agency or political subdivision of the Commonwealth, or employee of same acting in his official capacity, shall aid an agency of the United States in the unlawful detention of any United States citizen pursuant to 50 U.S.C. § 1541 as provided by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (P.L.112-81, § 1021).” 
The House of Delegates has to accept the Senate Amendment, and I will ask them to do so.
This may come up tomorrow, March 1, 2012.  I would like to ask you to contact the members of the House in support of HB 1160 as amended.  You can find out who your delegate is by going to and you can email them from there. 
I would like to also ask you to contact Governor Bob McDonnell in support of the bill because he has previously expressed some reservations about an earlier version of the bill.  
Once the amended bill passes the House it will be sent to him for his signature and it is imperative that he know how many Virginians support this legislation.  You can contact Governor McDonnell by going to his website and emailing him at or by calling (804) 786-2211. 
This accomplishes what we want in fewer words.  I also passed out a letter to the senators from the Japanese American Citizen’s League reminding senators of the grave injustice down to Japanese Americans in WW II.  
The JACL National Director wrote: “Virginia has the opportunity to stand up to an unjust application of Congressional authority.  The American people need somebody to stand up against this injustice.  HB 1160 is a tool that does just that; it stands up for the American people by respecting the basic principles of the Constitution.”  I am proud to stand with these patriotic Americans.
Your support reversed a near defeat in just 24 hours and I profoundly thank you.   But this is not over yet.   Please make these two additional contacts and share this with your friends. 
Thank you.
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