Foreclosures Attract Attention from Both Parties

By WESLEY P. HESTER A bipartisan coalition of legislators is seeking sweeping changes to state foreclosure laws aimed at protecting homeowners and tightening record-keeping practices.

In a rare joint appearance Monday, Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, Sen. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, Del. Robin A. Abbott, D-Newport News, and Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City held a news conference to address a package of foreclosure bills.

Perhaps the highest profile of those is Marshall's, which would require that mortgage transfers be recorded in local land records and that investors and lenders file documents there before foreclosing.


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Va. House Passes Bill to Defy Health Care Mandate

By: William C. FlookExaminer Staff Writer Source: Courtesy of The Washington Examiner February 12, 2010

Virginia's House of Delegates on Thursday voted to defy a potential health insurance mandate from Congress. The vote, which follows the passage of a similar measure in the Virginia Senate last week, puts the state legislature squarely in opposition to a core provision of congressional Democrats' health care bill.

The Virginia Health Care Freedom Act, sponsored by Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, passed 72-26 in the Republican-controlled chamber.

The legislation looks to exempt Virginians from any government requirement to buy into a health plan, although its larger purpose is as a "message bill" meant to persuade federal legislators — especially those representing Virginia — to back off from the proposed overhaul.

"It's pretty clear that government-run health care is unwelcome in Virginia," said Victoria Cobb, president of the conservative Family Foundation. "Hopefully our federal representatives will get the message and pull the plug on Obamacare."


Marshall Introduces Health Bill

By Cheryl ChumleySource: Courtesy of

Health care overhauls coming out of the nation's capital may be in flux, but Del. Bob Marshall, R-Dist. 13, isn't waiting for the final version and has instead introduced early legislation at the state level guaranteeing Virginians control of their coverage.

On Dec. 7, Marshall prefiled the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act that "protects an individual's right and power to participate or to decline to participate in a health care system or plan," according to the summary of H.B. 10.

The idea is to halt any federal requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance.

Such regulation has been hotly debated along mostly party lines in Congress, and the White House has maintained the mandate for all to buy or else pay a fine is necessary in order to keep health care costs affordable.

The mandate has been subject to scrutiny from legal analysts, and some say a constitutional challenge looms should that aspect of health care reform pass.

"To compel someone to enter a contract with the threat of a fine or a year jail time … that's an un-precedented use of several powers in the Constitution," Marshall said. "It's never been done."