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It might have started out as an honest mistake on the part of those anti-Janis folks including Dr. Dunnavant.  For when I saw this, my heart sank (emphasis at vote mine):

HB 2339 In-state tuition for aliens.   Vetoed 

floor: 01/30/03  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (88-Y 10-N 1-A)

YEAS–Abbitt, Albo, Alexander, Amundson, Armstrong, Athey, Barlow, Bell, Black, Bland, Bloxom, Bolvin, Broman, Bryant, Byron, Callahan, Carrico, Cline, Cole, Cosgrove, Councill, Cox, Devolites, Dillard, Drake, Dudley, Gear, Griffith, Hall, Hamilton, Hargrove, Hogan, Hugo, Hurt, Ingram, Joannou, Johnson, Jones, D.C., Jones, S.C., Keister, Kilgore, Landes, Lingamfelter, Louderback, Marrs, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., May, McDonnell, McDougle, McQuigg, Melvin, Moran, Morgan, Nixon, Nutter, O’Bannon, Oder, Orrock, Parrish, Petersen, Phillips, Pollard, Purkey, Putney, Rapp, Reese, Reid, Rollison, Rust, Saxman, Scott, Sears, Sherwood, Shuler, Spruill, Stump, Suit, Tata, Thomas, Wardrup, Ware, Watts, Weatherholtz, Welch, Woodrum, Wright, Mr. Speaker–88.

NAYS–Almand, Baskerville, Brink, Christian, Crittenden, Darner,  Janis, Plum, Van Landingham, Van Yahres–10.



I even checked to make sure Janis’ name was not photoshopped into a vote.  It was not.  Even this blog was fooled.  It is an easy mistake to make.

But I spoke with the Janis campaign and I saw the article on Bearing Drift about it and realized:  This was a honest error – he hit the wrong button.

There’s a procedure for changing a vote and it has to be done in a certain amount of time called a gray slip.  And the gray slip list for 2003 shows that Janis changed his vote from NO to YES.  (This is scary – I do research all the time on votes.  Today the gray slips are worked into the official vote.  But not in 2003.)  The BD article has the letter from the Clerk of the House of Delegates dated 6/3/15 and here’s the line for Bill Janis:

HB 2339 01/30/2003 Janis Passage N Y

I am told both the R T-D and Poltifact will cover this story this weekend.  But will enough know?  Tell your friends and fellow voters:  Janis DID NOT VOTE against prohibiting illegals from getting in-state tuition.  Here is Janis’ record on illegal immigration according to BD:

In 2011, Janis voted for HB 1465, a bill that would prohibit illegal immigrants from attending Virginia’s colleges and universities.
In 2008, Janis did it again, voting for Del. Chris Peace’s bill (HB 14) that would do the same.
In 2007, SB 1024 comes before the House, a bill sponsored by State Sen. Emmett Hanger prohibiting in-state tuition for those unlawfully present in the United States.
In 2004, HB 156, a bill that prohibits the admission of illegal aliens — Janis again votes it up.

Del. Janis even voted FOR this bill (to prevent illegals form getting in-state tuition) in committee in 2003.  So spread the word!

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. Tom White says:

    Sorry. I am not buying that Sandy. Other bills show changed votes in the Lis votes for each vote taken. He also expanded gun free zones. He voted for in state tuition for illegals and does not want to own up to it. If it was a mistake he has demonstrated himself to be unreliable.

  2. This is the official explanation and BD agrees with it.


  3. Ginny Munson says:

    As a response to Dr. Stolle Dunnavant’s effective TV ads blasting Janis for this 2003 vote supporting In State Tuition for Illegal Aliens, Mr. Janis has sought and received an endorsement letter from the Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Mr. Corey Stewart.

    Remember all those Mosques Corey Stewart helped build in NOVA by aligning himself with the Islamic Donors?

    If you are a Christian- you need to be very afraid of the lengths Bill Janis will go to in order to get elected and who he and Corey Stewart are willing to sell their souls to.

    Think about it.

  4. Gene Lefty says:

    The ole’ “hit the wrong button” con. Who knew it could be so easily explained?

    Sandy, are you a lawyer or used car salesman?

  5. John Dixon says:

    I have another theory to explain the mis-vote. Janis is a victim of experimental CIA mind control which can be triggered by words or smells (for instance the smell of waffles cooking).
    There is a way to protect himself from being ‘switched on’ , if he covers his head in tinfoil and stuffs celery stalks up his nostrils he can thwart his CIA programmer!

  6. Sandy Sanders

    Thanks for coming by Ginny, Gene and John. Sorry I can’t help you here. See my other comment placed at another post I did on Janis.


  7. Ron Hedlund

    I except the Janis explanation on THIS vote. What about Ken Stollle’s SB 660? Is that the same situation? SB 660 expanded GUN FREE ZONES. Bill Janis voted FOR this bill. Only when it got to the floor, did he vote against it. Too late. GFZs expanded in Va, due to Bill Janis.

    If I had $50,000 to run it on TV, would he remain silent?

  8. Chris says:

    Why did Bill Janis transfer $30,000 to Senate candidate Tom Garrett weeks before Janis announced he was running for CA of Henrico County? Was he buying an endorsement? Janis ran as an Independent and LOST to the Democrat-

    Janis’ Republican opponent Matt Geary supposedly committed suicide after the election.

    Janis gave up his safe seat in the House of Delegates so Dominion CEO Tom Farrell’s son, Peter Farrell, could walk into it.

    Don’t vote for this axis of evil.

  9. Tom Garrett

    I was at an event to raise money in my primary. Janis took the microphone and told the crowd that he would match, dollar for dollar, everything I raised over the next seven days. I raised 33K. He kept his word and honored his commitment. A lot of folks said he was crazy for having done so. I disagree. My endorsement is not for sale, and if it were, I’m not arrogant enough to think it is worth 33K. Note also that at the time, I was in a five way primary that nobody thought I could win, so if a conspiracy were afoot, it was the best of all time. As for the vote, it happens every day that folks press the wrong button. In the old days, it was corrected on paper and reflected in the journal, this is the case with the vote that the Dunnavant campaign based their misinformation on. A little competent knowledge and a phone call reveals this fact. Post 2007 it is updated electronically. The fact that with over 10,000 votes cast, they have to dig and distort proves Janis is a real, Comstitutional Comservative. Until they have a record, all the others are just making promises. When Bill Janis made me a promise that cost him 33K, he kept it. Which of the others would do the same?


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