My Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

  I URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP!!  My HB 39, to provide an alternative to Medicaid expansion by providing free health care to the indigent through volunteer doctors is set to be killed in Committee tomorrow.  There are big money interests that want Medicaid expanded, and my bill would get in their way!

PLEASE CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE COURTS OF JUSTICE CIVIL LAWS SUBCOMMITTEE IMMEDIATELY AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT HB 39!

When I received notice that HB 39 would be heard tomorrow, Delegate Landes and I asked for a short postponement as a courtesy to the doctors who need to rearrange their schedules in order to testify on behalf of my bill.  I was told by Subcommittee Chair Delegate Habeeb that I could reschedule.  Within an hour Del. Habeeb told me the bill would be heard tomorrow!

My bill is being opposed by the Trial Attorneys.  Under HB 39, if doctors donate four hours weekly of free care to the indigent in exchange for their service, the Attorney General’s office would defend them against lawsuits in their private and charity practices.  This would lessen the need for malpractice insurance.

Few doctors serve Medicaid recipients currently because of the high costs.  Adding 425,000 new Medicaid recipients to the present one million will further burden the system.

During the Governor’s race, Terry McAuliffe twice said he would not vote for a Budget unless Medicaid expansion was included.  My HB 39 is a true compromise in that the poor would get medical care, and the taxpayers would not have to suffer through more tax increases because of Medicaid expansion.

Remember, Republican leaders imposed the last three tax hikes on Virginians, including the 2013 road tax hike.  We cannot count on their “Alamo-like” resistance to Medicaid expansion unless the people make their voices heard.  My HB 39 would forestall the need to expand Medicaid, and that is why it is feared.

HB 39 will not cost a dime of tax money and will avoid Medicaid fraud because Medicaid would not be used.  No insurance billing bureaucracy would be needed to administer the program.  Doctors would keep regular patient medical records.

Thirty years ago filing insurance paperwork cost doctors 15-30% of their revenue.  Today it’s 60%+ with more to be needed for Obamacare paperwork. (Business Insider, 5/29/13). Virginia already self-insures 3,400 physicians for care they provide in free clinics with no law suits pending.

McAuliffe claims the Feds will cover 100% of Medicaid costs for three years and 90% thereafter.  Recall Obama and Mark Warner’s prior failed promises: “You can keep your own insurance,” and “you can keep your own doctor.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control found in their 2011 National Medical Care Survey that 31% of doctors would not take new Medicaid patients.  The 2012 Jackson Healthcare Physician Practice Trends Survey found that 36% of U.S. doctors will not take new Medicaid patients. A NEJM study (6/16/11) of Cook County, Illinois doctors found that “Overall, 66% of Medicaid-CHIP callers…were denied an appointment as compared with 11% of privately insured callers…” after women posing as mothers of pediatric patients with common health conditions made calls to identical clinic staff for appointments 30 days apart using the same script but identifying Medicaid or private insurance as payment.

So, a Medicaid card will not guarantee medical care for the poor.

Terry McAuliffe claims that “if we don’t accept money it will simply flow to other states.”  This is not true.  Virginia’s “share” of Medicaid expansion money (our federal taxes) is based on a formula.  For 2016, Congress allocated $372 Billion for Medicaid for all 50 states, with $1.5 billion for Virginia.  If every other state rejected expansion, Virginia would not get the entire $372 Billion.

McAuliffe has reappointed Governor McDonnell’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Bill Hazel, who has been working to expand Medicaid since passage of Obamacare in 2009.  McAuliffe said, “'I am confident that Secretary Hazel will be the best steward to help me carry my agenda forward and meet the challenges we face when it comes to health care in this commonwealth.”

The Obama Administration has cut from $500 million to $1 billion in reimbursements to VCU and UVA for hospital care for indigents.  The news of the VCU/UVA funding shortfall came from Health Secretary Hazel on the same day Terry McAuliffe announced he wanted Hazel to stay on as Health Secretary.  Terry McAuliffe would not be seeking to re-appoint Sec. Hazel if he were not also fighting for Medicaid expansion!

Medicaid expansion may not significantly improve health. In 2008, Oregon expanded Medicaid for low-income adults.  Two years later, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reported (5/2/13) “…Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes in the first 2 years, but it did increase use of health care services…”   Those words come from the authors of the article, not me.

Science magazine [1/2/14] further analyzed Medicaid usage of patients enrolled in the 2008 Oregon Medicaid expansion.  The author’s summary reported on 25,000 Medicaid lottery participants over an 18 month period.  “We find that Medicaid coverage significantly increases overall emergency use by 0.41 visits per person, or 40 percent relative to an average of 1.02 visits per person in the control group. We find increases in emergency-department visits across a broad range of types of visits, conditions, and subgroups, including increases in visits for conditions that may be most readily treatable in primary care settings. ...  A back-of-the-envelope calculation, using $435 as the average cost of an emergency room visit suggests that Medicaid increases annual spending in the emergency department by about $120 per covered individual.”

In other words, because it is harder and harder for patients to receive primary medical care in private doctor’s offices, Medicaid eligible patients are going to hospital ER’s for primary care at a rate 40% higher than non-Medicaid patients.

Because doctors fear lawsuits, many doctors practice “defensive” medicine which consists of ordering medical tests and treatments which shield a doctor from liability, but which may offer little or no benefit to the patient. This drives up general health care costs as well as tax-funded Medicaid and Medicare programs.

An AMA published survey, answered by 65% of 824 Pennsylvania doctors (emergency medicine, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics/gynecology, and radiology) found:  “... 93% reported practicing defensive medicine. ... such as ordering tests, performing diagnostic procedures, and referring patients for consultation, was very common (92%).  Among practitioners of defensive medicine who detailed their most recent defensive act, 43% reported using imaging technology in clinically unnecessary circumstances. ... Defensive practice correlated strongly with ... perceived burden of insurance premiums.”  JAMA. 2005 Jun 1;293(21):2609-17.

As more and more Doctors consider leaving the medical profession over Obamacare requirements, HB 39 can remove the burden of insurance claims for care provided by charity doctors, a significant factor increasing health care costs across the board. Relieved of that burden, doctors will be able to exercise their best clinical judgment, and not order tests to avoid litigation.  Doctors under HB 39 will have no incentive to encourage behavior that produces repeat pathologies, where voluntary behavior and not genetic history, social condition or accidents, is the major causative factor in illness or subpar health.

Doctors serving the poor through charity care will not waste time with Medicaid. Physicians who treat the poor without charge will have their reputations enhanced, and attract more paying patients. Non-profit groups or churches will be better able to direct only the truly needy to their affiliated clinic doctors resulting in true patient-centered care by physicians delivered in the local community.

The drawback for some politicians may be the absence of political payback votes.  In other words, instead of converting citizens into government dependents, the indigent will remain free men and women not beholden to anyone or expected to vote for a particular political benefactor.

HB 39 has the potential to take us back to a medical care delivery model that preceded Lyndon Johnson's so-called Great Society which bureaucratized Charity by creating government programs and agencies with employees who relied upon the indigent remaining so in order to keep their jobs. Thank you for your support!

P.S. Without your urgent calls, emails and contacts to the above committee members, we will certianly not be able to cut costs and serve those who are most vulnerable among us.

Medicaid Expansion is coming in Virginia....

Dear Friends, I have introduced three bills to address the growing disaster of Obamacare, as regards Medicaid expansion, Obamacare insurance salesmen sign-up organizers called Navigators, and keeping your previous insurance plan.  This alert discusses HB 39, to provide healthcare to the indigent without expanding Medicaid.

Medicaid Expansion Will Be Pushed in Virginia Democrat Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe wants to add 425,000 recipients to the already 1,000,000 recipients on Medicaid arguing that 30,000 jobs will be added to Virginia’s economy.  Medicine should be about improving health.

Some businessmen and “moderate” Republican State Senators want to expand Medicaid because they want the promised 100% of federal funding (first three years) and jobs (political patronage?).  Federal funding is not free money.  It comes from “We the Taxpayers” whose tax burden continues to escalate.  They also believe Virginia can exit out of Medicaid expansion if the feds do not pay the 100%.  They fail to cite any legal authority in the Obamacare law or published regulations for support to back out after expansion.< During the Governor’s race, Terry McAuliffe twice said he would not vote for a Budget unless Medicaid expansion was included.   It is unclear if the Republican Speaker of the House would risk what will be painted in the media as “stingy Republicans” shutting down Virginia’s government over Medicaid expansion, despite such a shutdown being Democrat Governor McAuliffe’s decision.

Recall it was Republican leaders who lead the efforts to impose the last three tax hikes on Virginians, including the 2013 road tax hike.  Add to that the incessant media drumbeat about Republicans refusing 30,000 jobs and rejecting health care for the poor, and I don’t think we can count on “Alamo-like” resistance to Medicaid expansion from Republican leaders in the House of Delegates and State Senate, unless the people make their voices heard.  That is why it is very important to pass my HB 39.

Alternative to Medicaid Expansion HB 39 will not cost a dime of tax money and will avoid Medicaid fraud because Medicaid is not used.  My measure would simply empower the Attorney General’s office to defend doctors who live in Virginia in any malpractice claims in their private practice as well as their charity care as long as they donate four hours a week of free primary care to Medicaid-eligible residents through a non-profit.

Non-profits, including churches, could enlist doctors to provide care to the indigent, either in the doctor’s office or free clinic.  Hospitals could set up similar primary care centers. No billing bureaucracy would be needed to administer the program.  Doctors would simply keep regular patient medical records.

Thirty years ago filing paperwork for insurance cost doctors 15-30% of their revenue.  Today doctors can pay 60%+.  Even more will be needed for Obamacare paperwork. (Business Insider, 5/29/13). Virginia already self-insures 3,400 physicians for care they provide in free clinics with no law suits pending.

Problems with Expanding Medicaid McAuliffe claims the Feds will cover 100% of Medicaid costs for three years and 90% thereafter.   But recall Obama and Mark Warner’s prior failed promises: “You can keep your own insurance,” and “you can keep your own doctor.”

To be viable, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) needs young people to sign up in rock concert droves.  They’re not.  Harvard’s Institute of Politics polled 2,089 young uninsured adults (18-29) in early November 2013 and found only 13% will definitely enroll and 16% will probably enroll.

Obamacare claims to be built on “savings” from other programs.  But the Congressional Budget Office told Speaker Nancy Pelosi (3/20/10) that savings “might be difficult to sustain.”  And Medicaid’s Actuary said the projected savings “may be unrealistic.” (4/22/10)

If Medicaid is expanded, Governor McAuliffe will need to find doctors to cover an additional 425,000 Medicaid patients when few doctors accept Medicaid currently.

Medicaid Eligibility and Access to Care The U.S. Centers for Disease Control found in their 2011 National Medical Care Survey that 31% of doctors would not take new Medicaid patients.  The 2012 Jackson Healthcare Physician Practice Trends Survey found that 36% of U.S. doctors will not take new Medicaid patients. A NEJM study (6/16/11) of Cook County, Illinois doctors found that “Overall, 66% of Medicaid-CHIP callers…were denied an appointment as compared with 11% of privately insured callers…” after women posing as mothers of pediatric patients with common health conditions made calls to identical clinic staff for appointments 30 days apart using the same script but identifying Medicaid or private insurance as payment.

So, a Medicaid card will not guarantee medical care for the poor.

Forces behind Medicaid Expansion Terry McAuliffe claims that “if we don’t accept [Medicaid] money it will simply flow to other states.”  This is not true.  Virginia’s “share” of Medicaid expansion money (our federal taxes) is based on a formula.  For 2016, Congress allocated $372 Billion for Medicaid for all 50 states, with $1.5 billion for Virginia.  If every other state rejected expansion, Virginia would not get the entire $372 Billion.

McAuliffe wants to reappoint Governor McDonnell’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Bill Hazel, who has been working to expand Medicaid since passage of Obamacare in 2009.   The Washington Post reported (12/18/13) McAuliffe announced his choice of Dr. Hazel at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond: “'I am confident that Secretary Hazel will be the best steward to help me carry my agenda forward and meet the challenges we face when it comes to health care in this commonwealth.”

The Obama Administration has cut from $500 million to $1 billion in reimbursements to VCU and UVA for hospital care for indigents.  The news of the VCU/UVA funding shortfall came from Health Secretary Hazel on the same day Terry McAuliffe announced he wanted Hazel to stay on as Health Secretary.  Terry McAuliffe would not be seeking to re-appoint Sec. Hazel if he were not also fighting for Medicaid expansion!

Nil Effects of Medicaid Expansion Medicaid expansion may not significantly improve health. In 2008, Oregon expanded Medicaid for low-income adults.  Two years later, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reported (5/2/13) “…Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes in the first 2 years, but it did increase use of health care services…”   Those words are from the authors of the article.  They are not mine.

And, a just published article in Science magazine [1/2/14] further analyzed Medicaid usage of patients enrolled in the 2008 Oregon Medicaid expansion.  The author’s summary reported on 25,000 Medicaid lottery participants over an 18 month period.  “We find that Medicaid coverage significantly increases overall emergency use by 0.41 visits per person, or 40 percent relative to an average of 1.02 visits per person in the control group. We find increases in emergency-department visits across a broad range of types of visits, conditions, and subgroups, including increases in visits for conditions that may be most readily treatable in primary care settings. ...  A back-of-the-envelope calculation, using $435 as the average cost of an emergency room visit suggests that Medicaid increases annual spending in the emergency department by about $120 per covered individual.”

In other words, because it is harder and harder for patients to receive primary medical care in private doctor’s offices, Medicaid eligible patients are going to hospital Emergency rooms for for primary care treatment at a rate of 40% higher than non-Medicaid participants.

Defensive Medicine  Because doctors fear lawsuits, many doctors practice “defensive” medicine which consists of ordering medical tests and treatments which shield a doctor from liability, but which may offer little or no benefit to the patient. This drives up general health care costs as well as tax-funded Medicaid and Medicare programs.

An AMA published survey, answered by 65% of 824 Pennsylvania doctors (emergency medicine, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics/gynecology, and radiology) found:  “... 93% reported practicing defensive medicine. ... such as ordering tests, performing diagnostic procedures, and referring patients for consultation, was very common (92%).  Among practitioners of defensive medicine who detailed their most recent defensive act, 43% reported using imaging technology in clinically unnecessary circumstances. ... Defensive practice correlated strongly with ... perceived burden of insurance premiums.”  JAMA. 2005 Jun 1;293(21):2609-17.

As more and more Doctors consider leaving the medical profession over Obamacare requirements, HB 39 can remove the burden of insurance claims for care provided by charity doctors, a significant factor increasing health care costs across the board. Relieved of that burden, doctors will be able to exercise their best clinical judgment, and not order tests to avoid litigation.  Doctors under HB 39 will have no incentive to encourage behavior that produces repeat pathologies, where voluntary behavior and not genetic history, social condition or accidents, is the major causative factor in illness or subpar health.

Doctors serving the poor through charity care will not waste time with Medicaid over users. Physicians who treat the poor without charge will have their reputations enhanced, which will attract additional paying patients. Non-profit groups or churches will be better able to direct only the truly needy to their affiliated clinic doctors resulting in true patient-centered care by physicians delivered in the local community.

The drawback for some politicians may be the absence of political payback votes.  In other words, instead of converting citizens into government dependents, the indigent will remain free men and women not beholden to anyone or expected to vote for a particular political benefactor.

HB 39 has the potential to take us back to a medical care delivery model that preceded Lyndon Johnson's so-called Great Society which bureaucratized Charity by creating government programs and agencies with employees who relied upon the indigent remaining so in order to keep their jobs.

Taking Action Since “Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty,” I ask you to step up and alert your representatives in Richmond to support HB 39.  Please spread the word among your friends.

Go to  http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/VGAMain?openform to learn who represents you and your friends in the House of Delegates and State Senate.  Please ask your representatives to co-patron HB 39 and vote for it in Committee and on the floor.

Unless you and your fellow citizens act, we will not only see an unnecessary expansion of Medicaid, and higher taxes, but a decidedly liberal shift in the active electorate as more and more citizens become dependent upon government programs.  I can only introduce the bill.  Without your help it will not pass.  Thanks for whatever you can do to improve medical care for the truly needy and resist expansion of Medicaid.

Sincerely,

Delegate Bob Marshall

Medicaid Expansion & Transportation Taxes Ruled Unconstitutional!

Dear Friends, We've had a great victory for taxpayers! I have two press releases below. Please spread the word to your fellow citizens, friends and co-workers.

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Press Releases #1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Delegate Bob Marshall, 703-853-4213

*Attorney General Rules Use of "Medicaid Innovation & Reform Commission" to Expand Medicaid Unconstitutional!*

Manassas, VA - Delegate Robert G. "Bob" Marshall (R-13) received the attached opinion in response to his request for an opinion with regard to the constitutionality of the General Assembly's designation of a "Medicaid Innovation & Reform Commission" to allow for the expansion of Medicaid when the Commission determined that a number of proposed Medicaid reforms had been satisfactorily fulfilled. Delegate Marshall questioned whether the General Assembly could delegate this authority to a smaller group of mainly legislators.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli determined in his opinion today that the General Assembly does not have the authority to delegate its legislative authority to a smaller committee.

"I am pleased with this opinion and hope that the Governor will act appropriately to remove this unconstitutional piece of maneuvering from the budget before it comes back to the General Assembly," said Marshall. "Medicaid needs serious reform before we can even begin to consider expansion and the decision about when those reforms are sufficient can and should only be determined by the General Assembly as a whole."

"I congratulate the Attorney General for his correct reading of the Virginia Constitution and appropriate case law at a time when many were urging him to dodge this question or issue a politically expedient opinion so as to avoid controversy in his gubernatorial campaign. I congratulate him for standing up for the Constitution and the people of Virginia."

Read the Official Opinion Here.

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Press Release # 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Delegate Bob Marshall 703-853-4213

*Attorney General Rules Additional/Higher Transportation Taxes Unconstitutional!*

Manassas, VA - Delegate Robert G. "Bob" Marshall (R-13) received an opinion from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in response to his request for an opinion with regard to the constitutionality of the additional and higher taxes imposed on Northern Virginia and Tidewater as part of HB 2313 which is awaiting Governor Bob McDonnell's signature. Delegate Marshall questioned whether the "special" taxes were in violation of the uniformity laws in Title X of the Constitution, whether they violated the prohibition to enact local law in Title IV and if not would the requirements of Title VII apply that require local legislation to receive a 2/3 vote of the General Assembly.

It is the Attorney General's opinion that Title X does not apply because none of the taxes are directly taxes on property but that Title IV *DOES* apply because the laws single out portions of the Commonwealth without regard to similarities and differences between these areas and others around the state but base the implementation of these additional taxes purely on geography. This means that the portions of HB 2313 adding additional and higher taxes are unconstitutional.

"I am thrilled with the Attorney General's opinion with regard to the unconstitutional taxes in HB 2313," said Marshall. "Isolating Northern Virginia and Tidewater residents to place an additional tax burden on those citizens who already pay more to Richmond in taxes than they get back is unconscionable. Without the higher and additional regional taxes HB 2313 cannot be a functional solution to Virginia's transportation problems. I hope that the Governor will seriously consider vetoing this legislation or finding a way to start from scratch to find an equitable way to pay for transportation without raising taxes."

"I congratulate the Attorney General for his correct reading of the Virginia Constitution and appropriate case law at a time when many were urging him to dodge this question or issue a politically expedient opinion so as to avoid controversy in his gubernatorial campaign. I congratulate him for standing up for the Constitution and the people of Virginia."

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BEHIND THE SCENES: TAX HIKES AND MEDICAID EXPANSION

Dear Virginians, Governor McDonnell’s massive, largest-ever Virginia tax increase for road and transit (other general taxes were also increased) passed 60-40 in the House of Delegates (Republicans: 35 yea, 33 no) http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?131+vot+HV1245+HB2313) and 25 to 15 in the State Senate (Republicans: 8 yea, 12 no) http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?131+vot+SV0915HB2313+HB2313).

My earlier emails addressed many problems with the many tax increases, lack of transparency, questionable regional authorities, political construction priorities, and funding inequities. This email will address the backroom “deals” that if left unchanged will lead to an even higher tax burden (than even the transportation bill) through Medicaid expansion. PLEASE SEE ACTION ITEMS AT END OF THIS EMAIL!

HB 2313, the Governor’s transportation bill introduced by Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) is now projected to “produce” (from our pockets) from $880 million to $1.2 Billion per year after the conference committee changes. However, one senator informed me that the Senate Finance Committee staff was instructed by Republican leaders to produce the lowest revenue figures possible to “soften” the actual tax blow to the public.

New revenue streams for road construction were touted to justify the massive increases. However, when I asked Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) on an ABC News Channel 8 TV program this past Monday what new interstates or primary roads would be constructed, she answered, METRO!

VOTE TRADING: MEDICAID EXPANSION FOR TRANSPORTATION TAXES Sen. Favola confirmed my conclusion (also reported widely in the media) that the Governor signaled support for Medicaid expansion to garner more democrat votes for his transportation tax. On the same TV program, Senator Favola admitted that she disliked aspects of the Governor’s transportation plan such as the $100 tax on hybrid vehicles, but she voted for it anyway because she got what she wanted: Medicaid expansion. (Why any democrat would need to be persuaded to raise taxes is a mystery to me.)

A northern Virginia Democrat delegate personally told me that the Medicaid “agreement” was responsible for at least ten Democrat votes for the transportation bill in the House. And, Democrat Delegate Spruill spoke on the floor of the House of Delegates explaining that he trusted the Republicans and was satisfied that the Medicaid issue was worked out.

BACKGROUND On Feb. 20, Governor McDonnell wrote to Republican and Democrat Budget Conference members noting Medicaid currently takes up 21% of Virginia’s general fund budget, a 1600% increase from 1983 and pointing out that costs to state taxpayers will increase significantly even with federal support.

He stated that Medicaid reform “requires completing state based reforms, amending the ACA [Obamanocare] to provide more flexibility and waiver authority, creating state and federal assurances that the current or expanded program will not break the state budget or add to the federal debt, and facilitating reforms in the private sector health delivery system to reduce costs. ...”

He said, “I cannot and will not support consideration of an expansion of Medicaid in Virginia until major reforms are authorized and completed, and until we receive guarantees that the federal government’s promises to states can be kept without increasing the immoral national debt. To do so, would be irresponsible ... Doing anything that suggests that expansion can occur prior to substantial, long lasting, cost-savings will damage our efforts to reform the system.” The Democrats protested!

Two days later Gov. McDonnell wrote to the Republican Majority Leader assuring budget conferees with clever wording that he supported setting up a Commission to oversee agreeing to what democrats wanted, mainly adding 400,000 new recipients to the current 1,000,000 on Medicaid, one of the most, if not the most fraud-ridden federal program on the books.

Rank and file House and Senate Republicans were not made aware of Governor McDonnell’s “accommodation” letter until the Washington Post reported on it Saturday morning, but the Republican leadership of both chambers knew about it earlier as they were part of the deal cutting.

The Governor’s so-called “firewall” to protect Medicaid was to consist of a select commission of delegates, senators and two citizen members appointed by the same House Republican leaders who led the charge for higher taxes. The commission members are supposed to ensure that any proposed Medicaid expansion includes “reasonable limitations on non-essential benefits such as non-emergency transportation are implemented; and ... patient responsibility is required including reasonable cost­sharing.”

Such loose language is unacceptable because it is an open invitation to a lawsuit. Democrats know full well that any prospective Medicaid recipient can dispute in court the definition of “reasonable” with their claims defended by the ACLU and other attorneys who are funded with public money.

If a federal judge in Virginia can decide (as was done recently) that a prisoner can argue that the state’s refusal to pay for a sex change operation presents a reasonable claim of a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment,” you can be sure that a tax funded lawyer will successfully challenge a denial of Medicaid benefits. The Governor’s assurance that Medicaid expansion will not happen on his watch gives me no assurance. The skids have already been greased by the language in the budget and the health exchange legislation passed earlier in the session.

The Medicaid commission is nothing more than a paper tiger supposedly guarding taxpayers from a 40% increase in Medicaid beneficiaries in a federal program so riddled with widespread fraud that even the federal Government Accountability Office cannot begin to measure its full extent.

Delegate Ben Cline had earlier drafted a letter signed by 51 House members to the budget conferees, explaining that they wanted to wait until “significant reforms are put in place in order to reduce costs before we consider any expansion of Medicaid."

Unfortunately, the overwhelming number of these 51 members still voted for the Budget conference report with the much more liberal Medicaid provisions in it.

REQUESTS TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL Delegate Ben Cline had asked Attorney General Cuccinelli on February 21, whether it was legal for the General Assembly to delegate its authority to a commission to decide on expanding Medicaid. The AG concluded such a commission cannot make decisions for the entire General Assembly. New budget language was then approved by conferees to finesse the AG’s objections, but the new language is so broad it offers no protection.

On February 26, 2013, I asked the Attorney General https://www.facebook.com/DelegateBob to review the new language subsequently approved in the conference report and advise me prior to the veto session whether the conference language delegating authority to expand Medicaid is constitutional.

I will keep you apprised of the AG’s response. I thought you should know the behind-the-scenes orchestrations that have led to this infamous Republican led tax hike and future expansion of Medicaid. Both of these measures violate principles critically important to our Republican base and constitutional conservatives. But even more important, they are examples of bad policy which threaten the future economic well-being of Virginia’s families and our Commonwealth. Here is my letter to Cuccinelli.

ACTION ITEMS: Urge the Governor to veto HB 2313 and portion of Budget (HB 1500) which expands Medicaid. http://www.governor.virginia.gov/AboutTheGovernor/contactGovernor.cfm If your delegate signed Del. Ben Cline’s letter opposing Medicaid expansion and voted for Budget (HB 1500) ask why. (See earlier links.)

Thank you.

Delegate Bob Marshall

Vote Swapping in Richmond

  TAKE ACTION AGAINST EXPANDING MEDICAID:

Please urge your Delegate and Senator to vote against the Budget Bill if it includes Medicaid expansion. Apparently backroom deals were made to secure votes for the Governor’s transportation tax hikes. It now appears Virginia may accept Medicaid expansion which involves adding 275,000 recipients to the current 1 million! http://hamptonroads.com/2013/02/medicaid-compromise-close-va-legislature

Those truly unable to care for themselves should not be shoved aside, but Medicaid has major fraud issues that need to be resolved. Two days ago, AP reported on a Portsmouth woman convicted of 385 false Medicaid claims. In 2012, the GAO testified before Congress that despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars to prosecute, they still do not know the full extent of Medicaid fraud.

TAKE ACTION AGAINST TRANSPORTATION TAX HIKE:

We lost a hard battle in the House of Delegates over the transportation tax hikes, 60-40. (See roll call below). Tomorrow, Saturday, the full Senate will vote on HB 2313.

Please call and email your state Senator to vote against HB 2313 unless you want to pay higher taxes for: state sales tax, car tax, regional sales tax, vehicle and tangible personal property taxes, vending machine tax, heavy equipment tax, recordation tax on commercial, industrial and residential real property sales, hotel tax, hybrid vehicle tax, and diesel fuel tax. Not all of the money raised will go to roads. Much will go to Metro. Some will go to the General Fund. Shifting the gas tax will not guaranty lower gas prices. Here is an image of the vote in the house.

Raising taxes is not the answer to our transportation woes. Local planning affects road congestion. The VDOT Funding Formula and road construction districts favor less populated areas. Just a few years ago $3.1 billion in transportation bonds were authorized, but roads carrying very few vehicles are often funded. If transportation is a core function of state government, we must better prioritize our general fund expenditures. The ATM (American Taxpayers’ Money) cannot continue to be tapped without having a detrimental effect on the economy.

Thank you for reading and taking action.

Sincerely,

Delegate Bob Marshall

LAST CHANGE TO STOP TAX HIKE

  Dear Fellow Virginians,

IMMEDIATELY URGE YOUR STATE DELEGATE AND SENATOR TO VOTE “NO” ON HB 2313! After reading the 109-page conference report, it is even worse than I expected. NEW REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDING AUTHORITIES in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads will fund and decide projects! Haven’t we had enough problems with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority? PLUS, there are even more tax hikes than first reported!

The 109-page Conference Committee Report was not made available to legislators until the evening of February 21. As of this morning, it is not posted online for the public to read. Quoting Delegate Ben Cline, it is a “Frankenstein Monster” of a bill.

HB 2313 raises the state sales tax, regional sales tax, vehicle and tangible personal property taxes, vending machine tax, heavy equipment tax, recordation tax on commercial, industrial and residential real property sales, hotel tax, hybrid vehicle tax, and diesel fuel tax. Not all of the money raised will go to roads. Much will go to Metro. Some will go to the General Fund. Shifting the gas tax will not guaranty lower gas prices.

PLEASE DON’T WASTE A MINUTE! CALL YOUR DELEGATE AND SENATOR NOW. The vote on HB 2313 will be today, despite the fact that few will have been able to read the Conference Report.

FOR THOSE WHO WANT MORE DETAILS: In addition to the tax increases I explained yesterday there are additional taxes I was not aware of until I read the Conference Report:

  • The personal property tax will increase from 3.5% to 4.3%.
  • The tax on vending machine sales rises from 4.5% to 6% in NOVA and Hampton Roads and 5.3% elsewhere in the state.
  • Heavy equipment used for contracts on road construction, railroads, docks, etc. will be taxed at 4.3%, up from 3.5%
  • Except for the increased tax on motor vehicles, other tangible personal property will be taxed at 5%.
  • In Northern Virginia, commercial, industrial and residential land and building sales will have an additional tax of 25 cents per $100 of value. (A Conferee had previously told me the tax was 40 cents per $100)
  • In Northern Virginia there will be a 3 % hotel tax (Legislators were previously informed this amount was 2%)
  • While the bill shifts the 17.5 cent flat tax per gallon of gas to a 3.5% sales tax on the wholesale price of gasoline, it is speculative to claim that motorists will pay less for gas because the sales tax will be computed on the wholesale price of gas as of February 20, 2013 and will not go below this floor.
  • The sales tax on purchasing vehicles (trucks and cars) increases from the current 3% to 4% on July 1, 2013, 4.1% on July 1, 2014; 4.2 % on July 1, 2015, and 4.3% on July 1, 2016. (Legislators were told it was a straight 4% tax. In reality, the tax increases each year through 2016.)
  • If Congress does not pass the internet sales tax collection law, the tax on wholesale gasoline beginning January 1, 2015 will increase from 3.5% to 5.1%.(regular gas) and 6% (diesel). There is no provision in the law to revert back to 3.5% should Congress pass the internet tax law after 2015.

By the way, if Congress passes the internet tax, mom and pop internet stores will be forced to comply with thousands of jurisdictions’ differing tax rates. Big online companies can easily comply but their smaller competitors could be forced out of business.

To reiterate, here are the other changes I mentioned yesterday:

  • Replace the current 17.5 cents per gallon flat tax on gasoline with a 3.5 % wholesale sales tax paid by distributors, which will be passed on to consumers, and a 6 % wholesale sales tax on diesel fuel.
  • Increase the 5% retail sales and use tax paid statewide on most purchases to 6% in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads and 5.3 % in the rest of the state.
  • Apply a $100 annual fee on alternative fuel vehicles, including hybrids.
  • Increase the amount of general fund money diverted to fund transportation from .50 % to .675 %, raising roughly $200 million when fully phased in.
  • If Congress passes the Marketplace Equity Act (which requires on line businesses to collect sales taxes) the proceeds will be distributed as follows: 55.55% for schools; 22.2% for local governments with no restrictions; and 22.2% for roads and transit. If Congress does not pass the Internet sales tax collections act, an additional 1.6 % tax would be added to the wholesale gas tax to achieve the same end.
  • NOT FIXING WHAT IS BROKEN: In this session, the House of Delegates:
  • Rejected increased representation of Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads on the Commonwealth Transportation Board, the VDOT agency that decides which projects are funded. The current CTB favors districts drawn from the 1930’s.
  • Agreed to fund $1.4 Billion for a 55 mile toll road parallel to existing Rt. 460 (Suffolk to Prince George). VDOT claims project will create 4,000 jobs but lists no traffic counts.
  • Increased by $554 million (total of $1.3 Billion) to finish and four- lane Rt. 58 to the intersection of I-77/I-81, a road that carries only 7900 cars daily.

Declined to alter the decades old transportation funding formula for the allocation of money to VDOT construction districts. This will perpetuate the practice of funding rural rather than urban areas. Apparently, if rural law makers vote for these higher taxes, they have been assured that the funding formula will remain intact.

PLEASE, contact your Delegate and Senator today to ask them to oppose the Conference Reportfor HB 2313 here.

Thank you for your diligence!

Delegate Bob Marshall

Republicans for Higher Taxes!

  Dear Fellow Virginians,

Well, now we know the tax hikes for sure! The House/Senate Transportation Bill (HB 2313) Conference Committee brought both bodies their Conference Report today. I intend to vote NO on final passage. Please contact your delegate/senator today and urge them to vote no. The bill includes the following tax increases:

  • Replace the current 17.5 cents per gallon flat tax on gasoline with a 3.5 % wholesale sales tax paid by distributors, which will be passed on to consumers, and a 6 % wholesale sales tax on diesel fuel.
  • Increase the 5% retail sales and use tax paid statewide on most purchases to 6% in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads and 5.3 % in the rest of the state.
  • Apply a $100 annual fee on alternative fuel vehicles, including hybrids.
  • Increase the current 3% sales tax paid on the purchase of motor vehicles to 4%.
  • Increase the amount of general fund money diverted to fund transportation from .50 % to .675 %, raising roughly $200 million when fully phased in.
  • The sales tax in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads will be 6% instead of the 5.3% in the rest of the state.
  • In Northern Virginia there will be an increase of 40 cents per hundred dollars on the sale of a house. That’s an extra $1600 on the sale of a $400,000 home.
  • Also in Northern Virginia there will be a 2 % occupancy tax for hotels.

If Congress passes the Marketplace Equity Act (which requires on line businesses to collect sales taxes) the proceeds will be distributed as follows: 55.55% for schools; 22.2% for local governments with no restrictions; and 22.2% for roads and transit. If Congress does not pass the Internet sales tax collections act, an additional 1.6 % tax would be added to the wholesale gas tax. Not all of the sales tax increase (the extra .3% statewide or extra 1% in Northern Virginia & Hampton Roads) will go to transportation. Part will go to schools and other general fund programs. There is no prohibition from using more of the tax increase for things other than transportation, nor anything to stop reinstating the gas tax on top of all the other taxes in future!

NOT FIXING WHAT IS BROKEN: In this session, the House of Delegates: Rejected an attempt to increase representation of Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads on the Commonwealth Transportation Board, the VDOT agency that decides which projects are funded. The current CTB is weighted in favor of districts drawn from the 1930’s. Agreed to fund two roads which proponents hope will spur economic development: (A) $1.4 Billion for a 55 mile toll road parallel to existing Rt. 460 (Suffolk to Prince George), a project which VDOT says will create 4,000 jobs but lists no traffic counts; (B) Increase by $554 million for a total of $1.3 Billion to finish and four lane Rt. 58 to the intersection of I-77/I-81, a road that carries only 7900 cars daily.

Declined to alter the decades old transportation funding formula for the allocation of money to VDOT construction districts. This will perpetuate the practice of funding rural rather than urban areas. Apparently, if rural law makers vote for these higher taxes, they have been assured that no change will occur to the funding formula.

PLEASE, contact your Delegate and Senator today to ask them to oppose the Conference Report for HB 2313 here.

Thank you for your diligence!

Delegate Bob Marshall

Stop Tax Hikes for Transportation

  Dear Virginia Taxpayers,

Republicans for Higher Taxes? Get ready to pay up unless you speak up now! To pay for roads, a Conference Committee made up of Democrats and Republicans from the House of Delegates and the Senate will propose which taxes get hiked and by how much. Call your Delegate and Senator right away and urge them to vote against any bill that raises any tax.

The Governor had proposed raising the state sales tax from 5% to 5.8%, ending the gas tax (except for diesel), and increasing car registration fees. Senate democrats and some Republicans want higher gas taxes and higher sales taxes. Others propose both statewide and local or regional increases in sales or income taxes in Northern Virginia and Tidewater. It seems that on both sides of the aisle everyone’s answer to our transportation problem is higher taxes.

While I agree that the transportation problems in Northern Virginia and Tidewater are in need of a serious, long-term solution; I do not think tax increases are the answer. I do not impute the motives of legislators who believe higher taxes will solve the problem but local planning has much to do with congested roads. If development continues unabated in areas where new road improvements are made the improvements are negated.

Solutions: This year I offered a budget amendment which would have allocated one cent of every dollar from all accounts exclusive of salaries and employee benefits. This would have dedicated at least $107 million more per year to transportation. The House of Delegates Republican leadership refused a direct vote on my amendment by pulling a parliamentary dodge.

Wrong Priorities: Republicans and Democrats in the Assembly are funding political roads that move very little traffic. In 2010 the General Assembly passed $3 billion in transportation bonds. Where is that money going? Route 58 carries a maximum of 7,900 vehicles per day. Northern Virginia roads carry 100,000 and more vehicles per day. Route 58 is slated to get about $750 million to $1.3 billion in future bonds. Route 460 will go from Prince George County to Suffolk and cost $1.4 Billion for 55 miles of toll roads. VDOT’s website does not include traffic counts but states it will produce 4,000 construction jobs. http://www.route460ppta.org/documents/460_CIM_Fact_Sheet_11.13.12.pdf)

A bill this year would have given Northern Virginia and Tidewater more representation on the Commonwealth Transportation Board. That bill failed in the House 49-51. So now, if the General Assembly and Governor raise taxes for roads and transit, decisions will be weighted in favor of construction districts reflecting the population of Virginia in the 1930’s and will not give enough weight to the areas in Virginia that need the most help.

Virginia state government needs to live within its means, as every family must. If we don’t want the federal government spending without cutting, why excuse it in Richmond?

All of the various plans being hammered out involve tax increases. We are supposed to adjourn this Saturday, so please contact your Delegate and Senator right away! Urge them to vote against any bill that raises any tax. To find out who represents you, click here.

Thank you for your diligence.

Delegate Bob Marshall

Stop the Obamacare Exhanges

  Dear Fellow Virginians,

Please urge Governor McDonnell to keep his promise and reject any legislation that seeks to accommodate “Obamanocare.” The “Affordable Care Act” does not require States to run their own Health Care Exchanges. At least 26 states have refused to set up exchanges which are website marketplaces of health insurance plans meeting federal criteria. (Google: “Virginia Health Care Exchange.” Several private marketplaces already operate).

If states refuse to set up their own exchanges, it will probably take longer for the federal government to deform healthcare and perhaps postpone enforcement of mandates requiring abortion pills and “medical” inquiries regarding which homes have guns.

In 2010, Governor McDonnell’s Secretary of Health set up a Commission to study health care “reform” with a $1 Million grant. I asked Secretary Hazel why Virginia was proceeding with government-run health care while we were challenging the law in federal court. I was told Virginia must be “prepared.”

Governor McDonnell has publicly stated he would not set up a Virginia exchange. Now he appears willing to sign bills which authorize state involvement while purporting to provide state “oversight” of a federal exchange. In reality the bills commit Virginia resources, including personnel from several state agencies, claiming (without guaranty) that Virginia will be reimbursed by the federal government (still our tax money). If this is not a state insurance exchange then what is it?

Instead of Virginia exercising its right to refuse to set up a state exchange as other states are doing, Virginia will use its authority, resources and personnel to grease the Obamanocare skids and objectionable mandates.

Several bills have already passed the General Assembly. Senate Bill 922, introduced February 11, 2013, passed the House of Delegates. It states in part:

Section 32.1-16 (b): “The Department shall be compensated for expenses incurred in providing such services. “ Does this mean compensation by state agencies or Washington? In either case, it involves additional tax money.

Section 38.2-326 (A)(i) states in part: “full funding is available.” Funding from where?

Section 38.2-326 (A) (ii) states in part: “technology infrastructure, including integration with federal, state, and other necessary entities, is made available to the commission by or through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources…” Will funding come from the feds or the state? What are the costs? Undersand that “made available,” does not mean “provided free of charge.” If the feds “provide,” what will they charge Virginia taxpayers?

Section 38.2-326 (B) states in part: “the Commission may contract with and enter into a memoranda of understanding to carry out its plan management functions with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or any other state or federal agency…” A MOU with another state agency simply would obligate more Virginia tax money and resources from the other state agency to pay for costs associated with the plan.

Section 38.2-326 (C) states in part: “the Commission’s obligation to perform plan management functions described in subsection A is contingent upon receiving federal funding sufficient to pay the operating expenses necessary to carry out the plan management of functions. The Commission shall seek full reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for such expenses. “Seeking full reimbursement does not mean obtaining full reimbursement. Without wording which states, “The SCC shall not perform plan management functions unless all Virginia expenses are paid in full by the Federal government” this section does not assure plan management functions will be paid for by the feds (still our money). Even if the Commission has no obligation to perform plan management functions, there is no prohibition on their performing plan functions.

Section 32.2-326 (E) states in part that “Technology resources provided by the Commission in carrying out the plan management functions shall be limited to existing commission technology support functions…” How much will this cost Virginia taxpayers?

Section 32.2-326 (F) states in part that “The Commission shall make available to the public on its website a written report on the implementation and performance of its plan management functions during the preceding fiscal year, including, at a minimum, the manner in which all funds utilized for its plan management functions were expended.” How much will this cost the State to carry out this function? How many state employees will be needed? Will others need to be hired?

If you do not want Virginia to speed up compliance with “Obamanocare” please call (804) 786-2211or email the Governor here: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/aboutthegovernor/contactgovernor.cfm Ask him to veto any legislation that accomodates “Obamanocare.”

Thank you for your help!

Delegate Bob Marshall

P.S. I thank Dr. Mark Berg for his help and insights on this bill.

Marshall Money Study Advances - Vote Tomorrow (Monday)

  Dear Virginians,

My HJ Res. 590 has already passed the full House of Delegates and the Senate Rules Committee. It sets up a General Assembly study of ways to protect Virginians from cyber security threats and Federal Reserve policies which adversely affect our economy.

The full Senate vote is expected on Monday, February 18.

The Chair of the Senate Rules Committee announced that Forbes Magazine editor, Steve Forbes, wrote in support of my study. Despite a few critics at the Washington Post, the study is a serious one, necessitated by cyber security breaches and devaluation of the dollar.

CYBER SECURITY BREACHES: How long would your family “survive” without a working credit or debit card due to banks’ computers being disabled or losing records? In mid-October, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave a speech in New York in which he recounted serious threats to our computer dependent economy:

“In recent weeks…large U.S. financial institutions were hit by…attacks [which] delayed or disrupted services on customer websites…the scale and speed with which it happened was unprecedented. But even more alarming is an attack that…infected computers in the Saudi Arabian State Oil Company Aramco…This routine replaced crucial systems files with an image of a burning U.S. flag.

But it also put additional garbage data that overwrote all the real data on the machine. More than 30,000 computers … had to be replaced … foreign cyber actors are probing America‘s critical infrastructure networks…chemical, electricity and water plants and those that guide transportation throughout this country…intruders have successfully gained access to these control systems.

The collective result of these kinds of attacks could be a cyber-Pearl Harbor: an attack that would cause physical destruction and the loss of life.”

FIAT MONEY, DEVALUED DOLLARS AND ECONOMIC INSTABILITY: Federal Reserve policies have hurt Virginia’s Retirement system and budget and are producing disincentives for families to save as bank accounts now provide near zero interest. At the same time, the Fed is providing perverse incentives for self-indulgence by Wall Street and runaway spending by Congress. Congress needs an “intervention” which only a state study by experts can provide.

Please contact your own State Senator by 3:00 pm on Monday, February 18 and ask him to support HJ Res. 590. Click here to find out your state senator’s contact information.

Thank you,

Delegate Bob Marshall

Support Sound Money Policy Study

  Dear Friends,

My HJ 590 to study what to do in case of terrorist cyber-attacks on Virginia banks or other situations of economic collapse will be heard by the Senate Rules Committee Thursday afternoon, February 14, 2013. Please contact the members of the Senate Rules Committee and ask them to support HJ 590.

Contrary to what has been purported in some mainstream media the purpose of the HJ 590 is NOT to reinvent money. And it is NOT for Virginia to establish gold and silver coins as legal tender as payment for debt even though the Founders provided for that in 1789 (Const., Art 1, Sect. 10) and Utah is already doing it.

The main purpose of HJ 590 is to examine ways to restore the integrity of America's money and call attention to the need to establish a stable monetary foundation for a self-governing nation devoted to free markets and free people. Our money should provide a reliable unit of account and a dependable store of value, in keeping with the intent of our Founders.

Virginia banks and financial institutions recently sought help from the Pentagon to deal with foreign threats to their computers. In December 2012 the US Comptroller of the Currency alerted banks nationwide of the possibility of serious commerce-halting cyber-attacks on US banks. As recently as today the Washington Post reported that there is an ongoing problem with Chinese hacking of U.S. business websites.

Virginia needs to have a plan in place to deal with a serious economic breakdown whatever the cause and HJ 590 will give us the means to have that plan at the ready.

This bill is endorsed by Lewis Lehrman of the Lehrman Report; Dr. Ralph Benko, weekly columnist for Forbes (who wrote the article endorsing the bill here); George Melloan, contributor to the Wall Street Journal (who wrote the article here -accessible if you have a WSJ subscription); James Grant of Grant's Interest Rate Observer; Charles Kadlec, contributor to Forbes who wrote the Op-Ed here; Dr. Thomas Rustici of George Mason School of Economics; Dr. Lawrence White of George Mason University School of Economics; Dr. Edwin Vieira, author and expert on monetary policy; and Dr. Judy Shelton of the Atlas Sound Money Project, author of several books on the subject and contributor to the Wall Street Journal. There are also supportive pieces in the Roanoke Times, Weekly Standard and the New York Sun.

Senate Rules Committee

Chairman Ryan McDougle / district04@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7504 Senator Walter Stosch / district12@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7512 Senator Tommy Norment / district03@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7503 Senator Steve Martin / district11@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7511 Senator Emmett Hanger / district24@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7524 Senator Steve Newman / district23@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7523 Senator John Watkins / district10@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7510 Senator Frank Ruff / district15@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7515 Senator Frank Wagner / district07@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7507 Senator Mark Obenshain / district26@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7526 Senator Ralph Smith / district19@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7519 Senator Jill Holtzman-Vogel / district27@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7527 Senator Chuck Colgan / district29@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7529 Senator Dick Saslaw / district35@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7535 Senator Janet Howell / district32@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7532 Senator Louise Lucas / district18@senate.virginia.gov / 804-698-7518 Thank you.

Delegate Bob Marshall

Helping Wall Street or Main Street?

  Dear Fellow Patriots,

The integrity of our financial system is at risk both from cyber-attacks on US Banks and the policies of the Federal Reserve. My HJRes 590 which proposes a General Assembly study of these concerns has passed the House of Delegates and is now before the Virginia Senate Rules Committee.

I urge you to contact Senate Rules Committee members in the next day or two in support of HJRes 590. Virginia banks and financial institutions recently sought help from the Pentagon to deal with foreign threats to their computers. In December, 2012 the US Comptroller of the Currency alerted banks nationwide of the possibility of serious commerce-halting cyber attacks on US banks.

The other major threat to American financial stability is a product of the policies of the US Federal Reserve which institution was the 1913 legislative creation of former Virginal Congressman Carter Glass. The Federal Reserve’s easy money policies act as an enabler to Congress’ addiction to runaway federal deficit spending as much as a drug dealer is a corrupter of his clients.

Congress has declined to examine its own deficit spending so they need an “intervention” which only a state government study can provide at this point, hence the need for HJRes 590.

Federal Reserve policy is producing disincentives for self-sacrifice and savings with family bank accounts at near zero interest return. At the same time the Fed is providing perverse incentives for self-indulgence by Wall Street, and runaway spending by Congress.

The Assembly study proposes to examine the consequences of the Fed suppressing interest rates because with Virginian families seeing their net worth decrease in recent years, planning for retirement is difficult with low returns on their savings or investments. Also, state and local governments are also experiencing unanticipated fiscal pressures due to public sector employee pensions earning very low to near-zero returns.

Because of America’s foundational principle of equal worth of all natural persons as affirmed in the Declaration of Independence, no agency or institution established by Congress should play favorites with regard to the soundness of the U.S. money unit; in short, the dollar should work the same way for rich and poor alike. Money should serve all individuals as an honest measure of value; the Fed's current actions do not achieve this goal.

The purpose of our Virginia initiative is NOT to reinvent money. And it is NOT for Virginia to establish gold and silver coins as legal tender as payment for debt even though the Founders provided for that in 1789 (Const., Art 1, Sect. 10).

The main purpose of the HJRes 590 is to examine ways to restore the integrity of America's money and call attention to the need to establish a stable monetary foundation for a self-governing nation devoted to free markets and free people. Our money should provide a reliable unit of account and a dependable store of value, in keeping with the intent of our Founders.

Gold backed money has done that in America’s past with two significant departures, one from democrat President Franklin Roosevelt in 1933 when he: forbade banks to pay out gold or to export it; required persons holding gold coins, bullion and gold certificates in amounts of more than $100 to turn them in to the Federal Reserve for “other money;” convinced Congress to abolish the previous right of creditors to demand payment in Gold as part of business contracts.

The other departure came in 1971 from Republican President Richard Nixon who ended the last link between the dollar and Gold when he announced that the US Treasury would stop converting dollars to gold at the fixed value of $35 per ounce [now $1,667 per ounce].

Before 1933, and certainly 1971, the Fed could not simply order the US Government’s printing presses at the the Bureau of Engraving to circulate more money at the press of a button. Now they can and they do. Yet, Americans of all backgrounds sense the need for real standards. For example, a 2011 Rasmussen survey found that traditional democrat constituencies, blacks and labor unions, favored sound money policies with metallic backing like Gold.

The Federal Reserve’s no questions asked easy money policy in buying federal debt from a Congress which cannot say NO, acts as an enabler for decades of continued Congressional deficits with no end in sight.

This policy cannot be good for America.

While the Obama Administration and its supporting economists claim inflation is low, everyone who buys food, gas, oil or any energy commodity otherwise. The Federal Reserve asserts it “provides the nation with a safe, flexible, and stable monetary and financial system,” as stated on the Fed’s website. Countries that experienced hyper inflation in the late 80's through the mid 90's eventually were able to pull out because there was a back-up currency, the U.S. dollar. In the U.S., there is no back-up currency.

American novelist, Ernest Hemingway, wrote in the September, 1935 edition of Esquire that: “The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.” In this post-2008 lackluster recovery, Virginia needs to set up an expert commission to study ways to develop “insurance” against the continued erosion of the US Dollar. Please write your state senator TODAY urging that they pass HJRes 590.

If you do not know who your state senator is, please find out here now and take action! Thank you.

Delegate Bob Marshall

Your Taxes are Going Up... Unless You Stop it.

  Dear Friends,

The General Assembly is set to increase the state sales tax from 5% to 5.8%, a 16% increase as part of the Governor’s Transportation Plan unless citizens contact their representatives and urge them to vote NO. The plan ends the gas tax for car, jet and heating fuel (not diesel). In the second year it projects to raise an additional $85 million from the sales tax alone, and $3.1 billion over five years from increased taxes and fees. That’s money from you and me! It’s hardly revenue, there’s no guarantee gas prices will drop, and any future Administration could reinstate the gas tax.

Virginia has serious transportation problems mostly in Northern Virginia and Tidewater. Over the years, Administrations have proposed various “fixes.” In 2010, $3 billion in road bonds were authorized. Incredibly, Virginia has yet to lock up its transportation fund so it can’t be spent for other purposes. I believe transportation is a core function of government, and we should cut one penny of every dollar in the budget (excluding salaries) and devote that savings to transportation.

When Democrats propose tax hikes, Republicans are not happy. When Republicans raise taxes we are supposed to go along. I cannot. A tax hike is a tax hike no matter which party proposes it and for this reason I voted against the Governor’s plan in Committee and will do so again on the floor of the House of Delegates. In this fragile economy, we must not go to the ATM (American Taxpayers’ Money). We must lock up the Transportation Trust Fund, and use existing revenue, instead of raising more through tax hikes.

The Republican Party used to oppose tax increases. Now Republican leaders want Republicans to vote for a tax increase and in an election year no less!

If you do not want the sales tax increase, please contact your Delegate and Senator and urge them to vote against the Governor’s Transportation Plan.

Just like their Washington colleagues, House of Delegates Republicans in Richmond are proposing tax increases to fund road projects instead of shifting existing funds to pay for new construction and maintenance.

And remember when we all were shocked that Former Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives said that Congress had to pass Obamacare to find out what is in it?

Well, House of Delegates Republicans are voting for the Governor's tax increase bill with a promise of more unspecified taxes to be added at regional levels on top of other statewide taxes.

Again, I urge you to contact your Delegate and Senator to stop this tax increase.

Thank you for your vigilence.

Sincerely,

Delegate Bob Marshall

Republican Leaders Ignore HHS Mandate Opposition

  Dear Fellow Patriots,

The Virginia House of Delegates under Republican leadership has refused to allow my anti-HHS Mandate bills to be heard in Committee, declining to listen to citizens concerned about the Obama Administration mandating abortion pills and birth control (even for ten year olds without parental notice or consent) as well as sterilization operations in every health insurance program!

The Republican leadership of the House of Delegates is content to let stand this trampling of our First Amendment rights of conscience and the coercion of business owners to supply morally objectionable “services.”

HB 1314 protects employers from being forced to comply with the HHS mandate. HB 1315 protects individuals who buy their own health insurance, from being forced to buy a HHS-mandate compliant policy. HB 1417 provides that Virginia is not obligated to provide abortion pills, sterilizations, and birth control drugs and devices to its employees.

House Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman, Terry Kilgore (R-Wise County) told me this past Wednesday that he would not call up my bills for a hearing because he did not have to. I informed him that such a decision, which could only be made with the agreement of the leadership, would disturb many Virginians. I have collected nearly 5,000 names on petitions (online and paper) in support of these bills. I am not aware of any other legislation with such widespread support.

The following bills were heard in committee, voted on and passed by the House of Delegates are apparently more important to Republican leaders than protecting our conscience rights: HB 1473 exempts youth athletics food sales from restaurant regulations; HB 1474, 1536 and 2226 authorizes certain localities to require grass and weed cutting; HB 1514 says the Town of Wachapreague may regulate golf carts on its public roads; HN 1825 changes the time period for obtaining a duck blind; HB 2069 authorizes the state Forrester to sell seedlings to private entities; HB 2105 defines Virginia junkyards to comply with federal regulations; HB 2220 designates Bannister River as part of the Virginia Scenic River System.

In the face of the most widespread, systematic, religious persecution of believers in United States history by federal authorities, the legislatures of Arizona and Missouri in 2012 enacted laws similar to my bills challenging Obamacare’s HHS Mandate to shield its citizens and businesses from the abortion pill, sterilization and birth control mandate. Missouri’s legislature even overrode a governor’s veto.

President Obama’s actions threaten to shut religious charities, adoption agencies, schools, universities and hospitals because of massive and unprecedented fines to force compliance with an unjust policy which Congress never directly voted on. Yet, Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates will speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil of Obama’s policy, or even allow lawmakers to present legislation to counter The Obama Administration in the General Assembly’s hearing rooms because of fear of raising “Social Issues.”

If you are dissatisfied with this treatment, please contact the following members of the Republican Leadership to express your concern and ask them to protect the conscience rights of Virginians just as Arizona and Missouri have done: Speaker Bill Howell (804) 698-1028 / DelWHowell@house.virginia.gov Delegate Kirk Cox [Majority Leader] / (804) 698-1055 / DelJCox@house.virginia.gov Delegate Tim Hugo (804) 698-1040 / DelTHugo@house.virginia.gov Delegate Todd Gilbert (co-patroned my bills) / (804) 698-1015 / DelTGilbert@house.virginia.gov Delegate Jackson Miller / (804)-698-1050 / deljmiller@house.virginia.gov

Click here to find your Delegate or Senator.

TALKING POINTS FOR CALLS AND EMAILS: President Obama’s HHS mandate forces businesses and individuals to provide and purchase birth control, early abortion pills and sterilizations or face fines of $100 per day, or $2000 per year per employee, even if against one’s conscience. The Founders proclaimed our First Amendment recognizing religious freedom as a natural right that cannot be infringed upon by government. The HHS mandate violates religious liberty. Arizona and Missouri already passed laws in 2012 countering the HHS Mandate. Missouri’s legislature overrode their Governor . A Dean at Catholic University Law School, and former U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner under Reagan, and another attorney who beat Barack Obama in a First Amendment Case in the U.S. Supreme Court were among those who helped draft the bills. Dean Mathew Staver of Liberty University Law School in Lynchburg supports my bills.

CEO David Green of Hobby Lobby has 500+ craft stores (4 in Virginia) and 22,000 employees. He faces fines of $1.3 million per day for refusing to comply with the HHS Mandate. Forty-plus lawsuits have been filed to challenge this mandate, yet Congress has not passed a law to defund or stop it. States must step up, in the protection of the 10th Amendment, to protect its citizens.

Few people take the time to communicate with their elected representatives at the state level, so your effort will make an impact. Please ask a friend or two to join this effort! Click here to find your Delegate or Senator.

If your delegate is on the Commerce and Labor Committee, (see below) please urge them to support passage of these bills to the House floor. Chairman Terry Kilgore / 804-698-1001 / deltkilgore@house.virginia.gov Delegate Harry Purkey / 804-698-1082 / delbpurkey@house.virginia.gov Delegate Kathy Byron / 804-698-1022 / delkbyron@house.virginia.gov Delegate Lee Ware / 804-698-1065 / dellware@house.virginia.gov Delegate Tim Hugo / 804-698-1040 / delthugo@house.virginia.gov Delegate Tom Rust / 804-698-1086 / deltrust@house.virginia.gov Delegate Danny Marshall / 804-698-1014 / deldmarshall@house.virginia.gov Delegate Ben Cline / 804-698-1024 / delbcline@house.virginia.gov Delegate Jackson Miller / 804-698-1050 / deljmiller@house.virginia.gov Delegate Don Merricks / 804-698-1016 / deldmerricks@house.virginia.gov Delegate Manoli Loupassi / 804-698-1068 / delmloupassi@house.virginia.gov Delegate John Cosgrove / 804-698-1078 / deljcosgrove@house.virginia.gov Delegate Rob Bell / 804-698-1058 / delrbell@house.virginia.gov Delegate Barbara Comstock / 804-698-1034 / delbcomstock@house.virginia.gov Delegate Gregory Habeeb / 804-698-1008 / delghabeeb@house.virginia.gov Delegate Joe Johnson / 804-698-1004 / deljjohnson@house.virginia.gov Delegate Johnny Joannou / 804-698-1079 / none Delegate Kenny Alexander / 804-698-1089 / delkalexander@house.virginia.gov Delegate Jennifer McClellan / 804-698-1071 / deljmcclellan@house.virginia.gov Delegate Jeion Ward / 804-698-1092 / deljward@house.virginia.gov Delegate Lynwood Lewis / 804-698-1000 / delllewis@house.virginia.gov Delegate Roslyn Tyler / 804-698-1075 / delrtyler@house.virginia.gov Thank you for your dilgence and help in protecting our religious freedom.

Sincerely,

Delegate Bob Marshall

Your 2nd Amendment Rights are on the Line!

  Dear Fellow Patriots,

My HB 2340, which says Virginia law enforcement and the National Guard will not enforce any new federal gun control efforts, was to be voted on by the full House of Delegates today. However, the House of Delegates shamefully voted to send my HB 2340 to the Appropriations Committee with a non-recorded vote to look into “concerns” that Virginia might lose federal grant money for Joint Task Forces as a result of this bill. This is simply not true!

HB 2340 will not prevent a state or local official from participating in such task forces or from aiding a federal official in an investigation related to a federal crime such as kidnapping across state lines, or a drug operation just because the person being investigated happened to be in possession of a firearm made illegal through new Federal gun controls. As such there should be no reason for the Federal government to withhold funding for such Task Forces. What HB 2340 WILL DO is give Virginia a leg to stand on in opposing new Federal gun control legislation.

On the floor today I equated failing to protect the Second Amendment rights of our citizens to accepting 30 pieces of silver from the Federal Government in exchange for a fundamental right.

Delegate Kirk Cox (R-66) raised the objection about losing Federal funding but when questioned could not point to any funding that has been lost as a result of HB 1160 which became law July 1, 2012.

HB 1160 was very similar to HB 2340 with regard to the method used to stand against the Federal Government’s intrusion into the Constitutional rights of Virginia citizens. In that case the bill was to keep Virginia from assisting the Federal Government in detaining citizens with no trial and no charges filed under the NDAA. To my knowledge no funding has been withheld by the Federal Government as a result of HB 1160 becoming law and none would be withheld as a result of HB 2340.

I requested a record vote on the motion to refer the bill to Appropriations, but could not even find the necessary 20 members willing to second my demand for a record vote. I asked for a division which resulted in an overwhelming number of Republicans raising their hands (in addition to the Democrats, of course) to send the bill to the Appropriations Committee. I could only identify 4 other members who voted not to send the bill to Appropriations, Delegates Mark Cole, Todd Gilbert, Scott Lingamfelter and Tony Wilt. If the Appropriations Committee fails to take the bill up or make a motion on the bill, every member must be held accountable because silence on HB 2340 is consent to an agreement with federal efforts to abridge our Second Amendment rights.

PLEASE CONTACT THE MEMBERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE BELOW AND URGE THEM TO ACT WITHOUT DELAY TO SEND HB 2340 TO THE FULL HOUSE OF DELEGATES FOR A VOTE BEFORE CROSSOVER, OR HB 2340 WILL BE KILLED AND VIRGINIA WILL BE LEFT WITH NOTHING TO PROTECT IT’S CITIZENS FROM NEW FEDERAL GUN CONTROL LAWS!

Chairman Lacey Putney / dellputney@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1019 Delegate Robert Tata / delbtata@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1085 Delegate Riley Ingram / delringram@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1062 Delegate Joe May / deljmay@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1033 Delegate Bev Sherwood / delbsherwood@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1029 Delegate Kirk Cox / delkcox@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1055 Delegate Steve Landes / delslandes@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1025 Delegate Chris Jones / delcjones@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1076 Delegate John O’Bannon / deljobannon@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1073 Delegate Scott Lingamfelter / delslingamfelter@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1031 Delegate Charles Poindexter / delcpoindexter@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1009 Delegate Jimmie Massie / deljmassie@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1072 Delegate Ed Scott / delescott@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1030 Delegate Chris Peace / delcpeace@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1097 Delegate Tag Greason / deltgreason@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1032 Delegate Jim Scott / deljscott@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1053 Delegate Johnny Joannou / deljjoannou@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1079 Delegate Bob Brink / delbbrink@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1048 Delegate Onzlee Ware / deloware@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1011 Delegate Algie Howell / delahowell@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1090 Delegate Mamye BaCote / delmbacote@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1095 Delegate Rosalyn Dance / delrdance@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1063

Thank you.

Delegate Bob Marshall

Help Pass Sex Offender Bus Stop Parental Alert

  Dear Friends,

The vote was delayed after the subcommittee heard opposition testimony from an organization that advocates for sex offenders, the Fairfax and Loudoun school boards, as well as the Virginia School Board Association.

Reading between the lines, it appeared the school boards would rather not deal with parents learning the facts and then subsequently asking for bus stop changes. One committee member thought the process would be costly and another called it an unfunded mandate. There are numerous “unfunded mandates” imposed on the school system by the state. The VEA and School Board association characterize almost any change in policy as an "unfunded mandate." I found on the Albemarle County website some examples they cited:

“The Standards of Quality specifies required staffing for K-12 public schools but the state only partially funds its share of the costs for these staff. Examples of SOQ-required staffing include: ·17 full-time equivalent (FTE) instructional positions for each 1,000 students identified as having limited English proficiency ·1 full-time reading specialist in each elementary school ·5 FTEs per 1,000 students in grades K-5 to serve as resource teachers in art, music and physical education ·Two FTE per 1,000 students in grades K-12 with one FTE to provide technology support and one to serve as an instructional technology resource teacher”

One opponent said it was less likely a sex offender would commit another crime than anyone in the committee room at that time. The School Board Association lobbyist stated that they already explain to parents how to access the sex offender registry. However, not all families have computer access. School boards fear having to change bus stop locations, in response to parents' concerns, but what would be the harm in determining whether the current locations would violate the policy? The reality is HB 1369 will require an internet search and a nominal cost associated with contacting parents either by paper memo or electronic means consistent with the way those parents have chosen to be contacted on other school issues. I don't think this is too much to ask.

Education Chairman Bob Tata / 804-698-1085 / delbtata@house.virginia.gov Delegate Steve Landes / 804-698-1025 / delslandes@house.virginia.gov Delegate Scott Lingamfelter / 804-698-1031 / delslingamfelter@house.virginia.gov Delegate Tom Rust / 804-698-1086 / deltrust@house.virginia.gov Delegate Mark Cole / 804-698-1088 / delmcole@house.virginia.gov Delegate Brenda Pogge / 804-698-1096 / delbpogge@house.virginia.gov Delegate Jimmie Massie / 804-698-1072 / deljmassie@house.virginia.gov Delegate Tag Greason / 804-698-1032 / deltgreason@house.virginia.gov Delegate Dickie Bell / 804-698-1020 / deldbell@house.virginia.gov Delegate Chris Stolle / 804-698-1083 / delcstolle@house.virginia.gov Delegate Jim LeMunyon / 804-698-1067 / deljlemunyon@house.virginia.gov Delegate Roxann Robinson / 804-698-1027 / delrrobinson@house.virginia.gov Delegate Joseph Yost / 804-698-1012 / deljyost@house.virginia.gov Delegate David Yancey / 804-698-1094 / deldyancey@house.virginia.gov Delegate Mark Dudenhefer / 804-698-1002 / delmdudenhefer@house.virginia.gov Delegate Onzlee Ware / 804-698-1011 / deloware@house.virginia.gov Delegate Jennifer McClellan / 804-698-1071 / deljmcclellan@house.virginia.gov Delegate Roslyn Tyler / 804-698-1021 / delrtyler@house.virginia.gov Delegate David Bulova / 804-698-1037 / deldbulova@house.virginia.gov Delegate Joe Morrissey / 804-698-1074 / deljmorrissey@house.virginia.gov Delegate Mark Keam / 804-698-1035 / deljkeam@house.virginia.gov Delegate Daun Hester / 804-698-1089 / deldhester@house.virginia.gov

Thank you.

Delegate Bob Marshall

Oppose the HHS Mandate, Support HB 1314, 1315 & 1417!

Dear Friends, If you object to Obamacare requiring you to pay for a health insurance plan that covers birth control, abortion pills (even for ten year olds without parental notice or consent) and sterilization operations, then please contact the members of the Commerce and Labor Committee (list below) immediately!

HB 1314: Protects employers from being forced to comply with the HHS mandate. HB 1315: Protects individuals who buy their own health insurance, from being forced to buy a HHS-mandate compliant policy. HB 1417: Provides that Virginia is not obligated to provide abortion pills, sterilizations, and birth control drugs and devices to its employees.

Chairman Terry Kilgore / 804-698-1001 / deltkilgore@house.virginia.gov Delegate Harry Purkey / 804-698-1082 / delbpurkey@house.virginia.gov Delegate Kathy Byron / 804-698-1022 / delkbyron@house.virginia.gov Delegate Lee Ware / 804-698-1065 / dellware@house.virginia.gov Delegate Tim Hugo / 804-698-1040 / delthugo@house.virginia.gov Delegate Tom Rust / 804-698-1086 / deltrust@house.virginia.gov Delegate Danny Marshall / 804-698-1014 / deldmarshall@house.virginia.gov Delegate Ben Cline / 804-698-1024 / delbcline@house.virginia.gov Delegate Jackson Miller / 804-698-1050 / deljmiller@house.virginia.gov Delegate Don Merricks / 804-698-1016 / deldmerricks@house.virginia.gov Delegate Manoli Loupassi / 804-698-1068 / delmloupassi@house.virginia.gov Delegate John Cosgrove / 804-698-1078 / deljcosgrove@house.virginia.gov Delegate Rob Bell / 804-698-1058 / delrbell@house.virginia.gov Delegate Barbara Comstock / 804-698-1034 / delbcomstock@house.virginia.gov Delegate Gregory Habeeb / 804-698-1008 / delghabeeb@house.virginia.gov Delegate Joe Johnson / 804-698-1004 / deljjohnson@house.virginia.gov Delegate Johnny Joannou / 804-698-1079 / none Delegate Kenny Alexander / 804-698-1089 / delkalexander@house.virginia.gov Delegate Jennifer McClellan / 804-698-1071 / deljmcclellan@house.virginia.gov Delegate Jeion Ward / 804-698-1092 / deljward@house.virginia.gov Delegate Lynwood Lewis / 804-698-1000 / delllewis@house.virginia.gov Delegate Roslyn Tyler / 804-698-1075 / delrtyler@house.virginia.gov

Talking Points for Calls and Emails --President Obama’s HHS mandate forces businesses and individuals to provide and purchase birth control, early abortion pills and sterilizations or face fines of $100 per day, or $2000 per year per employee. --The Founders proclaimed our First Amendment recognizing religious freedom as a natural right. The HHS mandate violates religious liberty. --Arizona and Missouri already passed laws in 2012 countering the HHS Mandate. Missouri’s legislature overrode their Governor . --A Dean at Catholic University Law School, and former U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner under Reagan, and another attorney who beat Barack Obama in a First Amendment Case in the U.S. Supreme Court were among those who helped draft the bills.

CEO David Green of Hobby Lobby has 500+ craft stores (4 in Virginia) and 22,000 employees. He faces fines of $1.3 million per day for refusing to comply with the HHS Mandate. Forty-plus lawsuits have been filed to challenge this mandate, yet Congress has not passed a law to defund or stop it. States must step up, in the spirit of the 10th Amendment, to protect its citizens.

Two recent news stories indicate that Republican leaders want to kill “social issue” bills to avoid media controversy, so I need your help more than ever to protect our religious liberty and rights of conscience!

Few people take the time to communicate with their elected representatives at the state level, so your effort will make an impact. Please ask a friend or two to join this effort! To learn who represents you, click here.

Thank you for your time and diligence in protecting our religious liberty!

Sincerely,

Delegate Bob Marshall

Richmond Report

  Dear Friends,

Here is my Richmond Report thus far in the 2013 General Assembly.

HB 1316, Sex Selection Abortion Ban Tabled Despite sex selection abortion bans being favored by 77% of respondents (2012 Lozier Poll) and four states outlawing such abortions (including the Democrat controlled Illinois legislature), a Courts of Justice Subcommittee failed to pass my bill.

A reluctance by Assembly Republicans to deal with social issues was noted by media reports (Virginia AP 1/13/13): “Democrats would lay low on the abortion issue in the media ... and in return, Republican leadership would send one GOP vote over to the Democrats' side on any new piece of anti-abortion legislation that is introduced in order to ensure that it does not pass.” (Huffington Post 1/11/13)

Republican committee members argued that restrictions on first trimester abortions are unconstitutional. I replied that these are mostly second trimester abortions done when the sex of the child can be more reliably determined. Another claimed that a male giving his girlfriend a “morning after pill” could be held guilty for performing an illegal abortion. I explained there can be no prosecution without “proof” and MAP abortions do not account for the sex of the child.

It was clear the die was cast despite excellent testimony by a sidewalk counselor from Tidewater who personally witnessed a couple enter an abortion clinic explaining they already had girls. This witness also relayed a story told by a General Assembly employee of an acquaintance who divorced her Indian husband when he wanted her to abort their daughter. Clearly this is a problem that the General Assembly chose to ignore rather than face media scrutiny.

HB 1557: Concealed Carry for School Safety Sent to Governor Every organization (NRA, GOA, VCDL, and NAGR) which supports our Second Amendment testified in support of this bill. Several teachers also gave excellent testimony about their desire to protect their students. The hearing room was packed. A Fairfax teacher reported that his students asked if he would take a bullet for his students. He said, “Yes, but I would rather give one back to stop a bad guy.” Governor McDonnell’s representative asked that this bill be “studied” by his Task Force, so it did not pass the Committee. The Task Force is supposed to endorse legislation by the end of January. Please contact the Governor and urge him to support HB 1557. http://www.governor.virginia.gov/CommunityRelations/

Judicial Nominee Tracey Thorne-Begland Confirmed as Judge Democrats, joined by 37 Republicans, confirmed District Court Judge, Tracy Thorne-Begland, an avowed activist for the homosexual agenda who worked with the radical Human Rights Campaign. HRC advocates for homosexual, bi-sexual, and trans-gender “rights” (every American is protected by our Bill of Rights) including insurance coverage for sex-change operations.

Virginia probably has appointed in the past, judges who were homosexual, however, they were not 24/7 activists for radicalizing our culture to “accept” homosexual behavior as normative. Our Founders extolled “the laws of nature and nature’s God.” This judge, (who will likely be tapped for higher courts), by announcing his homosexuality on Nightline, and defying Military Code while serving in the Military, demonstrated a lack of judicial temperament. Here is a news article which includes the roll call vote. http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/latest-news/house-elects-tracy-thorne-begland-to-richmond-judgeship/article_787f7360-5f3c-11e2-9d1d-001a4bcf6878.html

Thank you for taking the time to read my report.

Sincerely,

Delegate Bob Marshall

Fight Gendercide, Support HB 1316 Banning Sex-Selection Abortions

Dear Friends,

My HB 1316, which will ban sex-selection abortions in Virginia, will be heard by the Courts of Justice Constitutional Law Subcommittee immediately after session tomorrow, January 18, 2013, in House Room C of the General Assembly Building. Please contact the members of the subcommittee (see below) and ask them to support this bill.

Sex selection abortions are becoming more common in the U.S. Studies show rising son-bias among certain groups. Among those groups, boy/girl birth ratios are normal for first born children but if a son is not the 1st born the ratio of boys to girls is higher for 2nd births and higher still for 3rd births if neither the 1st or 2nd child is a boy. For more information on the studies, visit Protect Our Girls here.

Courts of Justice Criminal Laws Subcommittee Chairman Dave Albo/ deldalbo@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1042 Delegate Terry Kilgore/ deltkilgore@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1001 Delegate Manoli Loupassi/ delmloupassi@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1068 Delegate Ron Villenueva/ delrvillenueva@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1021 Delegate Greg Habeeb/ delghabeeb@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1008 Delegate Rick Morris/ delrmorris@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1064 Delegate Vivian Watts/ delvwatts@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1039 Delegate Jennifer McClellan/ deljmcclellan@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1071 Delegate David Toscano/ deldtoscano@house.virginia.gov / 804-698-1057 Thank you for taking the time to fight this injustice.

Sincerely,

Delegate Bob Marshall

Protect Our Children, Help Pass The School Protection Bill

  Dear Friends,

The tragic slaughter of the innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School has the President promising to issue Executive Orders to bypass Congress to enact “gun control,” even though criminals never obey the law.  No legislation can end all evil but I believe that my HB 1557 will be a step toward protecting Virginia’s school children, teachers and staff.

The School Protection Bill, HB 1557, will allow local school boards to identify volunteers who will receive professional weapons training similar to what our police receive.  These individuals, designated to carry concealed weapons on school grounds to protect students in a shooter situation until the arrival of law enforcement, will be teachers, principals, administrators or retired police and will have worked or volunteered in the school for three years.
Once they receive this training they will be certified to carry a concealed weapon in their school.  Other states like Utah have allowed teachers to carry concealed weapons for nearly 12 years without incident and Utah teachers do not receive nearly the level of training I am proposing.  Ohio allows school divisions to determine whether they will allow teachers to carry concealed weapons.  They have had over 900 teachers apply for training this year alone.
As word travels throughout Virginia that its schools will be defended, I hope that criminals will be dissuaded from attacking them.  The Aurora, Colorado movie theatre perpetrator chose to commit his murders at the only movie theatre that posted signs disallowing concealed weapons and drove right past several others that allowed citizens to carry concealed.   No one places a sign in their front yard, “Gun Free Zone” because that would give criminals a green light.  Why do we advertise schools in this manner?
I believe all children should be protected in the same way that the children of elite politicians are protected by armed security guards in their homes and schools. Please ask the following members of the Militia, Police & Public Safety Subcommittee #1 to report HB 1557 out of Committee on January 17, to promote safer schools.   If your own delegate is not on the Subcommittee,please ask him/her to co-sponsor and vote in favor of HB 1557 when it hopefully comes to the floor.
Thank you!
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Delegate Bob Marshall
Militia, Police & Public Safety Subcommittee #1