Thursday, January 31, 2013

HB 2048: Blatant Land Grabbing

Virginia House Bill 2048 is worth reading, at least, if only to see how it is possible for a single proposed piece of legislation to be this bad. Basically, what the verbiage boils down to is that if the state can think of a use for your land or any body of water situated thereupon, the state should be entitled to grab it:

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+ful+HB2048H1

But note the sheer volume of words, words, words, and links, links, links, and redundancies and obfuscation. Delegate Sherwood may deserve to be drummed out of the legislature for proposing this abomination, but does deserve, at least, a Bulwer-Lytton Award for Deliberately Bad Writing.

(Note: The Gate City computer center, where I'm waiting for the bus to Nickelsville, opens at 11:30 on Thursdays, and so at least three separate e-mails about the awfulness of HB 2048 were among the first 25 when I logged into Yahoo this morning. If you are a legislator's assistant, this probably will not be news to you: every bill reader who's discovered HB 2048 hates it.)