Thursday, January 31, 2013

SB 1279: More Land Grabbing

Virginia Senate Bill 1279 is about as bad as House Bill 2048. Both basically authorize the state to take over any land for which the state thinks it could find a use:

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+ful+SB1279S1

...and again, the way this unpopular idea, directly opposing several bills our legislature already enacted into law, made it onto the floor was: Extremely Bad Writing. It's so messy, so wordy, so complicated, so link-jammed, that some people might have given up and let it pass. That's probably how this atrocity passed the State Senate.

Here's the list of senators to blast for letting this abomination pass: Alexander, Barker, Blevins, Colgan, Deeds, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Hanger, Herring, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, Marsh, McEachin, Miller, Norment, Northam, Petersen, Puckett, Puller, Ruff, Saslaw, Stosch, Stuart, Wagner, Watkins--28.


And here are the ones to bless for spotting it in time, and trying to stop it: Black, Carrico, Garrett, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Newman, Obenshain, Reeves, Smith, Stanley, Vogel--12.