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I saw good news in the Mechanicsville Local last week (besides the fact my good friend Dave Taylor won the local Toastmasters speech contest):  Del. Hyland F. “Buddy” Fowler, Jr., is seeking reelection for another term.  I have already indicated that I would help him in any campaign, primary and/or general election.

Here another reason to support Del. Fowler that I did not see in the article:  The bill to allow non-residents of the Commonwealth convicted of a felony in the Commonwealth and who are seeking restoration of gun rights to petition the circuit court in the county or city where the conviction occurred (HR 1666); this bill reverses a Supreme Court of Virginia decision that disallowed such a petition for a former resident who moved to North Carolina and who needed his gun rights restored in the Commonwealth before he could seek such restoration in NC.

Other legislative highlights for Del. Fowler:

HB 2265 that would have authorized a state ID care for certain private security personnel:

Department of Criminal Justice Services; photo identification. Provides that the Department of Criminal Justice Services shall design and approve the issuance of photo-identification cards to every person who is issued a private security services registration by the Department, special conservators of the peace, and licensed bail bondsmen and bail enforcement agents. The photo-identification card shall contain the name, registration or license number, registration or license category, and photograph of the person; the date of issuance; the date of expiration; and the name of the issuer, “Department of Criminal Justice Services, Commonwealth of Virginia.” The Department may enter into an agreement with the Department of Motor Vehicles to produce the photo-identification cards. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2016.

This bill passed the House 100-0 but was left in Senate Finance for the year.  I am not sure if it can be revived next session or not.  But it did pass the House.

I think Del. Fowler should be commended for his proposed state constitutional amendment that placed transportation money in a lock box so that it could only be used for transportation.  That is HJ 502:

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Transportation Funds. Requires the General Assembly to maintain permanent and separate Transportation Funds to include the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, Transportation Trust Fund, Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, Priority Transportation Fund, and other funds established by general law for transportation. All revenues dedicated to Transportation Funds on January 1, 2016, by general law, other than a general appropriation law, shall be deposited to the Transportation Funds. The General Assembly by general law, other than a general appropriation law, may alter the revenues dedicated to the Funds. The amendment limits the use of Fund moneys to transportation and related purposes. The General Assembly may borrow from the Funds for other purposes only by a vote of two-thirds plus one of the members voting in each house, and the loan must be repaid with reasonable interest within three years. No moneys designated for deposit into funds other than Transportation Funds shall be used for any transportation-related purpose except for making certain debt service payments on transportation-related bonds and notes.

This is responsible financial stewardship in my view.  It does give the General Assembly authority to borrow the funds from the transportation lock box (on a 2/3 vote) but they must pay it back with interest.

I am helping Buddy Fowler with his reelection bid and he is worthy of your vote.  It is good to see him in the race for another term.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Katherine T. says:

    I’ve heard some people say that A. Kelly Wicek was going to challenge. That would be a disaster for our district!

  2. Buddy Fowler says:

    Thank you Sandy for your very kind words.

  3. Mr. Green Jeans says:

    Delegate Fowler supported “Article 5 Convention of States” legislation in the GA this session.

    For all of you Gun Clingers and 2nd Amendment advocates- hunters etc. you need to remember….

    The only thing keeping the government from taking your guns and forcing you to register your guns is the 2nd Amendment.

    Delegate Fowler would risk your gun rights and open up the 2nd Amendment in a Con Con?

    Interesting Democrat Toni Radler opposes the Convention of States. If you love your gun rights-
    She is your candidate over Republican RINO Delegate Buddy Fowler-

    Think about it.

    • Jose Brock

      Let the record show that Fowler was also a VERY strong supporter the wussy scam artist Eric Cantor.

      • Sandy Sanders

        I suspect most of the elected officials supported former Rep. Cantor in the 2014 primary – a GOP incumbent usually gets that kind of support and it can be argued most of the time, they should either support the incumbent or stay neutral.

        That I am afraid is irrelevant, Jose.

        Thanks for coming by.


  4. Sandy Sanders

    A review of Toni Radler on Ballotpedia shows: She’s for abortion rights, the ERA, the McDonnell taxation bill and more money for education. Radler’s right on the COS but conservatives can disagree. I have let it be known that Fowler has my support! Thanks Mr. Green Jeans for coming by again!


  5. John says:

    Thank you for the nice article.


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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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