Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bills on the Burner

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Bills on the Burner

State Bills Affecting Our Freedom  


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Right to Farm HB1430


Gun Rights HB2340  


Smart Meters SB797






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FarmRight to Farm HB1430

Dear Friend of Liberty

Lawmakers in Richmond are caving to the pressures of the Virginia Farm Bureau, VACo, and Fauquier County Supervisors. VFB said the Boneta Bill, HB1430, should have been discussed with them before it was introduced.

Since when did they become the decision-makers on what rights will be protected?

At the request of Matt Lohr, Virginia's Commissioner of Agriculture, Delegates Robert Orrock and Daniel Marshall moved to add a re-enactment clause to HB1430.

What this means is if the bill passes and is signed by the Governor in this session, it must also pass and be signed into law in the 2014 session before it takes effect.

Delegate Orrock explained to the room packed with supporters of the bill that this issue is so important they "need the extra time to be sure to get it right". How much better can it be for bureaucrats and special interests than to have more time to strategize how they will hold on to their power?
If only lawmakers would take such care in passing laws that violate our rights!

Please call Delegate Robert Orrock at (804) 698-1054 and Delegate Daniel Marshall at (804) 698-1014 and tell them to replace the re-enactment clause with an enactment clause that would make the bill effective July 1, 2013.
Let's flood them with calls like nothing they have ever experienced before!
Tell them farmers have been stepped on long enough by corporate special interests and over-reaching local ordinances. Waiting another year will mean less profits for farmers and more farms will fail.

Tell them to stop caving to the pressures of the VFB, VACo and Fauquier County bullies.

Please call Delegate Orrock at (804) 698-1054 and Delegate Marshall at (804) 698-1014 today!

Then contact your representative in the House and urge them to support replacing the re-enactment clause with an enactment clause to become effective July 1, 2013 when this bill comes to the House floor.

This re-enactment clause cannot stand! The rights of farmers to sell their produce and other agricultural goods can not wait another year and must be protected now!

Let's flood them with calls like nothing they have ever experienced before!

Yours in liberty,
Donna Holt
Executive Director
Virginia Campaign for Liberty

P.S. Farmers have been stepped on long enough by corporate special interests and over-reaching local ordinances. Waiting another year will mean less profits for farmers and more farms will fail.

Please call Delegate Robert Orrock at (804) 698-1054, Delegate Daniel Marshall at (804) 698-1014 as well as your representative in the House and tell them to replace the re-enactment clause with an enactment clause that would make the bill effective July 1, 2013. Let's flood them with calls like nothing they have ever experienced before!

This is the single most important bill we have on our agenda this session. We are up against some very powerful bureaucrats and special interest groups and the battle is getting costly.

Please consider chipping in whatever you can afford to help us stay on the frontlines on this issue.

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Gun1Gun Rights HB2340

Dear 2nd Amendment Supporters: 


My HB 2340, which says Virginia law enforcement and the National Guard will not enforce any new federal gun control efforts, was to be voted on by the full House of Delegates today.  However, the House of Delegates shamefully voted to send my HB 2340 to the Appropriations Committee with a non-recorded vote to look into "concerns" that Virginia might lose federal grant money for Joint Task Forces as a result of this bill.  This is simply not true!  


HB 2340 will not prevent a state or local official from participating in such task forces or from aiding a federal official in an investigation related to a federal crime such as kidnapping across state lines, or a drug operation just because the person being investigated happened to be in possession of a firearm made illegal through new Federal gun controls.  As such there should be no reason for the Federal government to withhold funding for such Task Forces. What HB 2340 WILL DO is give Virginia a leg to stand on in opposing new Federal gun control legislation. 


On the floor today I equated failing to protect the Second Amendment rights of our citizens to accepting 30 pieces of silver from the Federal Government in exchange for a fundamental right. 


Delegate Kirk Cox (R-66) raised the objection about losing Federal funding but when questioned could not point to any funding that has been lost as a result of HB 1160 which became law July 1, 2012.  


HB 1160 was very similar to HB 2340 with regard to the method used to stand against the Federal Government's intrusion into the Constitutional rights of Virginia citizens.  In that case the bill was to keep Virginia from assisting the Federal Government in detaining citizens with no trial and no charges filed under the NDAA.  To my knowledge no funding has been withheld by the Federal Government as a result of HB 1160 becoming law and none would be withheld as a result of HB 2340. 


I requested a record vote on the motion to refer the bill to Appropriations, but could not even find the necessary 20 members willing to second my demand for a record vote.  I asked for a division which resulted in an overwhelming number of Republicans raising their hands (in addition to the Democrats, of course) to send the bill to the Appropriations Committee.  I could only identify 4 other members who voted not to send the bill to Appropriations, Delegates Mark Cole, Todd Gilbert, Scott Lingamfelter and Tony Wilt.  If the Appropriations Committee fails to take the bill up or make a motion on the bill, every member must be held accountable because silence on HB 2340 is consent to an agreement with federal efforts to abridge our Second Amendment rights.  



Chairman Lacey Putney                        804-698-1019

Delegate Robert Tata                                 804-698-1085

Delegate Riley Ingram                           804-698-1062

Delegate Joe May                                        804-698-1033

Delegate Bev Sherwood              804-698-1029

Delegate Kirk Cox                                       804-698-1055

Delegate Steve Landes                         804-698-1025

Delegate Chris Jones                              804-698-1076

Delegate John O'Bannon                 804-698-1073

Delegate Scott Lingamfelter      804-698-1031

Delegate Charles Poindexter        804-698-1009

Delegate Jimmie Massie                      804-698-1072

Delegate Ed Scott                                     804-698-1030

Delegate Chris Peace                             804-698-1097

Delegate Tag Greason                       804-698-1032

Delegate Jim Scott                                    804-698-1053

Delegate Johnny Joannou                804-698-1079

Delegate Bob Brink                                  804-698-1048

Delegate Onzlee Ware                           804-698-1011

Delegate Algie Howell                          804-698-1090

Delegate Mamye BaCote                 804-698-1095

Delegate Rosalyn Dance                       804-698-1063     

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SmartMeter1Smart Meters SB797

SB797 to allow consumers to opt out of smart meters was passed by indefinitely even with all the evidence that smart meters cause illness, caused fires and gathers information from individuals that otherwise can only be obtained with a search warrant. 


YEAS--Watkins, Colgan, Saslaw, Norment, Stosch, Edwards, Wagner, Puckett, Herring, Stanley, Alexander--11. 


NAYS--Newman, Martin, Obenshain--3.  


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HB2229 to prohibit the detention of a citizen by federal government without notification and authorization of local law-enforcement, made it's way through the full committee and is on the House floor. 


YEAS--Lingamfelter, Sherwood, Wright, Cline, Gilbert, Merricks, Morefield, Edmunds, Wilt, Webert, Morris, Fariss, O'Quinn, Head, Rush, Lewis, Tyler, Filler-Corn, Surovell--19. 


NAYS--Hope, Kory, Lopez--3. 


Please contact your legislator and urge their support for HB2229 sending it to the Senate at cross-over.  


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