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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