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My post on industrial hemp caused a minor furor – I had said that if Dels. Peace, Fowler and Adams were for it I would take a chance.  Tom White heard from the delegate’s office on hemp.

So I heard about HB 1666 directly from the delegate himself.  He was explaining how it works.  Here it is from his email to me and thousands of other people:

At this writing, we are fully into the Committee “process” and legislation will be arriving on the House floor for consideration.  I am happy to report that one of my bills, HB 1666, has been reported out of the House Courts of Justice Criminal Law subcommittee by a 11-0 vote.  This legislation amends the statute that provides for the restoration of the right to own and possess a firearm.  The bill should be heard in full Committee soon.

And here is the Virginia Citizens’ Defense League’s take on the Fowler bill:

HB 1666, Delegate Fowler, fixes an inequity in Virginia law where 
someone who has had their civil rights restored for a crime committed 
in Virginia cannot get their gun rights restored if they don't live 
in Virginia any more.

I like this bill because it deals with guns and decriminalization.  It also overrules a recent Virginia Supreme Court case (Commonwealth v. Leone) that disallowed a petition for restoration of gun rights because the petitioner had moved to North Carolina.  You can’t prevent a person from access to courts.

More Buddy Fowler:  He is in deed a co-patron of the industrial hemp bill.  And Buddy also has introduced a proposed state constitutional amendment (HJR 502) that would allocate transportation funds for transportation and only for transportation.  I like this too.

It is good to see Hanover has several excellent representatives.  Glad to help you out, Del. Fowler.  He has my support in this coming election.  And a shout out to DHA, too!

BLOGGER’S NOTE:  I am sorry I got some facts mixed up.  This can happen when you blog in a hurry or late at night!




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)

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