I am pleased to report that HB 1430, the Right to Farm or Bonita bill did pass its subcommittee Monday evening after a spirited rally (I was there and I await photos!) where say 60 folks were present at the Bell Tower with pitchfork buttons, nice posters and birthday party regalia (Mrs. Bonita was fined $5000 for an illegal birthday party for her child; I am not sure what that was all about.); they even sang “Happy Birthday”, with apologies to the late Irving Berlin!
Wednesday at 830AM, the full Agriculture Committee will decide the bill. House Room C – in the underside of the Capitol – go in through the Bank Street entrance. Here’s what Del. Lingemfelter reported from Monday and recommends for tomorrow:
Friends, I wish you could have been there. As I came out of the elevator and headed towards the committee room, there was a massive crowd of supporters spilling out into the hallway. There were folks from all over the Commonwealth. No joke. From all over.
It was almost impossible to get into the room. Both entrances were packed.
I couldn’t help but be grateful for the sacrifice that all these folks made for the sake of property rights, liberty, and free enterprise. It was humbling to see so many folks there to support Martha and my effort to move a good bill forward and we did!
And it really made a difference to the subcommittee members to see first-hand how powerful this grassroots movement really is.
The fight isn’t over yet, folks, and here’s where you come in. We need to show the full committee how powerful this movement is and show them that we are going to fight
So here is your call to action: WE NEED TO PACK THE ROOM ON WEDNESDAY.
Now let’s turn to the Tebow Bill (HB 1442, sponsored by Del. Bell) and the Family Foundation’s take on it:
The homeschool sports bill (also know as the Tebow Bill) is patroned by Delegate Rob Bell (R-58, Charlottesville) and would allow homeschool students to try out for public school sports. This is a bill that Delegate Bell, The Family Foundation and the homeschool community has worked on for years with increasing levels of success. Today, the bill passed 13-8 and will be next voted on by the full House likely later this week.
I also discovered another useful bill (HB 1617):
The second bill considered by the House Education committee is a bill that would allow student groups at Virginia state colleges to organize according to their beliefs. Unfortunately some universities around the country have been enacting “all-comers” policies that essentially eliminate these groups from being able to set criteria for their members and leaders. Free association is protected by our Constitution and this bill seeks to clarify that. This bill, patroned by Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15, Woodstock), passed 19-2 out of committee and will also be voted on likely later this week by the full House.
This will reverse the terrible decision of the United States Supreme Court that allowed state universities to require, in return for official recognition, that they cannot exclude anyone from membership or as an officer. For example, a Christian student group could be required to have openly unbelieving officers.
We’ll see how it is going. I will say, I know about many other bills but I cannot cover all of them. I also know about the Appellate Defender bill. Give me a day or two for a more detailed discussion. I am impressed with Delegate Rob Bell this session. Yes I know he’s running for AG. I am not ready to endorse. But I might be getting close. Read the blog and find out: Who will Sandy endorse for AG?