Now you can do something about it! Email your senator if you are in his or her district (especially the Republicans!) or can if a Virginia voter, email all the senators and let them know how you feel. I have done so already.
Emphasize the fact this is a restoration and that there is a budget amendment introduced to add $275,000 to start the office. It’s not enough of course. The old ADs office, according to my deep background was about $600K per year. But they were doing high level work (I printed their stuff I know!)
Here’s the names and email for the senators on the committee. Please consider adding Senator Petersen to the list and give him a shout out of thanks. Yes, he’s a Democrat BUT he’s an all right guy, so to speak. New ideas. (One more good Chap Petersen idea is raising the retirement age for judges to 73. I agree. It passed committee Monday.) Willing to work with the other party. I am thankful Senator Petersen is helping me with this. I appeal to my fellow bloggers – left and right – reprint this post right away if you agree! (Yes it raises my hits! But it’s a good cause!) I’ll try to have the exact time of the hearing – probably either Monday at 8 am (ouch!) or Wednesday 30 minutes after adjournment.
Chairman Thomas K. Norment – district03 [at] senate.virginia.gov (NO SPAM please!)
Richard L. Saslaw – district35
Henry L. Marsh, III – district16
Janet D. Howell – district32
L. Louise Lucas – district18
John S. Edwards – district21
Linda T. Puller – district36
Mark D. Obenshain – district26
Ryan T. McDougle – district04 (my senator!)
A. Donald McEachin – district9
Richard H. Stuart – district28
Jill Holtzman Vogel – district27
William M. Stanley – district20
Bryce E. Reeves – district17
Thomas A. Garrett – district16
Have at it! Do justice and walk humbly with God today! (Sandy’s paraphrase of Micah 6:8) Support the Appellate defender bill – SB 738!