Some of my favorite bills before the General Assembly which convenes on January 11th for a 45 day short cycle.
Delegate Dave LaRock’s bill to save babies from abortion after 20 weeks gestation, HB1473, we reported on here.
Delegate Scott Lingamfelter’s bill HB1372 would allow school security officers to carry a firearm under certain circumstances.
HB1401, filed by Delegate R. Steven Landes, would allow free speech on campuses in Virginia. Can you imagine such a thing?
Delegate Buddy Fowler has filed HB1428 which would require a photo ID for absentee voters by mail.
Those of us with cats and dogs will like bill HB1477 by Robert Orrock allows lifetime licenses for our puts. The maximum would be $50. That would be so much more convenient than renewing our pet’s licenses every year.
A group of democrat Delegates wants to change how the Electoral College works allowing Virginia to cast its electoral votes based on the majority of popular votes for the nation. HB1482 is a terrible bill.
Jim LeMunyon’s bill HB1498 reduces class size in public schools “Reduces from 29 to 28 the maximum class size in kindergarten; from 30 to 28 the maximum class size in grades one, two, and three; and from 35 to 29 the maximum class size in grades four, five, and six.”
LeMunyon also has two FOIA bills, HB1539 and HB1540.
A terrible Constitutional Amendments proposed by Democrats would remove the ban on felons being allowed to vote. HJ540
Over in the Senate Senator Glen H. Sturtevant Jr. has proposed lowering the income tax in SB788.
Senator Bill Stanley has introduced a bill to help with the costs of sterlization of cats and dogs. SB799
SB908 decriminalizes marijuana.
There are many more bills and resolutions proposed in the General Assembly that can be viewed here.
Virginia only needs two bills to be introduced ASAP. Both require less government.
1) A bill to limit the General Assembly to a meeting every 2 years, instead of ever year. It is flat out crazy to think that in less than 10 months every year, we need a fresh new pile in the hundreds or thousands of sleazy new legislative proposals. A special session can always be called if necessary.
2) A bill to end the practice of a crooked mechanic, at a crooked garage, from performing Virginia’s government mandated annual safety inspection on our vehicles every year.
What, are Virginians not as smart as the people in 38 other states that do not require this non-sense and government intrusion into their life every year? Are you to stupid to know how to take car of your ride?
Both of these ideas should at least be put to a referendum.
Who gets to pay for the additional resources for the reduced class sizes?
Any other delegates think they’re on the school board?
Can we say ‘unfunded mandate’?
No such thing as an unfunded mandate. They get paid one way or the other.
The state mandates, the local governments pay.
You gotta just love it, “the local governments pay”. Government has never paid for anything. It’s the taxpayer who pays.
Well then, they aren’t ‘unfunded’ are they?
You have to realize, these governments aren’t this little entity or that little entity. They all the same entity. Especially in Virginia.
It can be funded with ticket revenue or kickbacks from all the stupid phone suction holders that never work.
I know this is far out. However, we have 3 levels of government overeach, county/city, state, and federal. It’s time that we get rid of at least one level, if not 2. This is BS.
Get into the party, crank up the heat on the politicos, they only flourish where they are not held in check.
If you look down at the bottom of these comments, you can see two ideas of mine for smaller government. These are not new.
It tells a story that all the faux conservatives in these blogs holler less government all the time. But, when rock solid ideas are presented, they all run with their tail tucked between their legs.
Down at the bottom, no up arrows. Gotta love it.
Of course you are right, but it’s a matter of practical incremental fixes — we got here over years, absent Cloward-Piven, best to “prune” the beast.
How about two laws deleted for every one proposed? Make the delegates research existing laws on books relevant to their ‘helpful’ legislation.
However, I think we need to fix the party before we can hope to fix the legislature — we need to keep holding a political shiv to their ribs.