Legislative Agenda Part 3: Update on Gun Issues and Agenda 21on January 16th, 2013 at 10:39 am
The gun drama continues. Read more about what we are doing on that here. Please note that Texas and Wyoming now are considering nullification actions on the Federal gun laws. Ask your representative to do likewise. And join us for Lobby Day including a VCDL Gun Rights Rally in Richmond on Monday. Click here for how to get on our lobby day bus.
We have been fighting the Agenda 21 fight with gusto hear in the Roanoke Valley. Much to the chagrin of certain local media types and political figures. But that fight will be taken to the General Assembly this ssession. Our efforts to expose Agenda 21 has survived the expected attacks from the liberal media and now the Republican Party of Virginia has passed a “Resolution Exposing Agenda 21″ at the 2012 state convention and that is now part of the state party platform.
Both sides of the fight have a lot of legislation on the docket.
While I have been critical of the Tea Party Federation on gun issues, they are doing exactly the right thing on this issue and working with Donna Holt from Campaign For Liberty and then coordinating their efforts to support the legislation. Two key bills are coming up for a vote next week. A lot more are being considered both good and bad. Stay tuned or come to our Thursday night meeting to find out more.
HB 2223 would prohibit political subdivisions of the Commonwealth from adopting or implementing the policy recommendations in Agenda 21, expending or receiving funds, or giving or receiving financial aid for the implementation of Agenda 21. One of our local legislators is involved in the committee that will decide whether to pass this on for a vote.
Lacey Putney, whose district includes most of Botetourt County and Bedford County, is on the committee. So please contact him by email DelLPutney@house.virginia.gov or by phone at his Richmond Office on 804 698-1019 and ask him to vote Yes on HB 2223. That committee is scheduled to hear this bill Tuesday January 22.
There is growing concern over advanced meters, commonly called smart meters, being forced on us by power companies. It has been reported that there are health risks associated with the high radio-frequency emission levels as well as fires due to incompatible wiring, especially in older homes, with the installation of smart meters. Not only that, smart meters are surveillance devices. They track your power usage and identify the specific electrical devices you use from moment to moment.
It can also be determined by your use, when you’ve gone to bed, when you are away from home, and when you have guests staying with you. Imagine the fodder for thieves. Who knows who will have access to that information. With the renewal of the Patriot Act, law enforcement might even decide to raid your home accusing you of running a business without a license if you have multiple computers running in your home or any number of other things.
Power companies provided no notice when they install one and if you happen to catch them and refuse to allow the installation, they can shut off your power.
SB797 prohibits any electric utility from installing an advanced meter on your property or requiring the installation of one unless you request it. Further, if one is already installed, they would have to replace it with an analog meter if you request it. It also prohibits them from charging you a penalty or higher rate if you refuse.
The following local Senators are involved in this committee vote scheduled for Monday, January 21. Please contact the following local Senators and ask them to vote yes on SB797 .
Senator Stephen D. Newman firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Phillip P. Puckett email@example.com 804 698-7538
Senator John S. Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org.