Delegates Marshall and Hope Join Together to Call on Virginia to Take Full Responsibility for Sterilizing Thousands

Richmond, VA – Today Delegate Robert G. “Bob” Marshall (R-13) and Delegate Patrick A. Hope (D-47) joined together and to call on both the General Assembly and Governor McAuliffe to take decisive action for the decades of policy that sterilized thousands of Virginians.  Delegate Marshall has introduced HB 74, with Delegate Hope as the Chief Co-Patron, which establishes the Justice for Victims of Sterilization Act to provide compensation to persons involuntarily sterilized between 1924 and 1979 in Virginia. Delegate Marshall stated "Beginning in 1924, Virginia, to its disgrace, provided a model for Nazi eugenics sterilization statute.  Now in the 21st century we must seek to redress this as best we can.  Many of the victims of this policy of involuntary sterilization are still alive and suffering the effects.  Under eminent domain, government is required to compensate citizens for taking away property; how much more should it compensate for taking away the ability to have a family?"

Hope added, "It’s now time to write the final chapter in this shameful and repugnant part of Virginia’s history.  What we’re asking for goes well-beyond just simple words of regret. We need to set an example and take full responsibility for our actions so that the healing process can finally begin."

Also in attendance was Mr. Lewis Reynolds who was forcibly sterilized at the age of thirteen. (Note a brief bio for Mr. Lewis is included below.) Mr. Reynolds commented that ““I always wanted children. My wife and I would cry because I could not give her children. I sometimes still will cry when I am alone. I wanted children very much. It is hard for me to think that they thought I was worthless.” He adds, “It would be right if they [Virginia] paid for what they took from me.  [Still] I served my country and would have died for my country.”

Mark Bold, the Executive Director at the Christian Law Institute stated, “Virginia, in its official capacity, aggressively sought to eliminate entire classes of our citizens, those the Commonwealth considered "unfit" and "defective," in a cruel, selfish and materialistic effort to create a superior human race. An apology and a pat on the back will not provide the relief that is necessary to the few remaining living survivors. Their injury is ongoing and continues to exist; therefore the debt to these victims still exists in a moral sense.”

Victoria Cobb, the President of the Family Foundation of Virginia said, “Virginia has apologized for eugenics, but that’s little comfort to those few surviving victims who had their ability to have children taken away from them by an atrocious government act.  The idea that the government can deem some worthy of life and others not should be revolting to every American.  And while this small amount of money cannot begin to undo the wrong, it is one way to hold a government accountable for its actions and, hopefully, to prevent anything like this from happening again.”

Jeff Caruso of the Virginia Catholic Conference noted, “Virginia’s policy of forced sterilization was inhumane and must be repudiated in the strongest terms. While no amount of money will ever repair the harm done or adequately compensate the victims for their loss, the Commonwealth finally should provide some restitution as a matter of justice.”

Jamie Liban, the Executive Director of the ARC of Virginia also spoke.

Victims of the Virginia Sterilization Program can contact: Justice For Sterilization Victims Hotline: 888-643-7497  Website: http://www.sterilizationvictims.org/

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Mr. Lewis Reynolds, 86, a Marine Corps veteran of 30 years, fought in two wars (Korean and Vietnam), married for 47 years, forcibly sterilized at 13.  Mr. Reynolds first wife left him because he could not give her children. Mr. Reynolds was sterilized at the Central Virginia Training Center (formerly Virginia Colony for the Epileptic and Feeble Minded) because they said he was epileptic; in fact he was recovering from an injury he received when a rock hit him in the head.

On Your Side Investigators: Lawmakers tackles cell phone tracking

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -Your phone isn't just a phone anymore, it's also a tracking device. Police are dialing up the cell phone companies more and more, often asking for specific information - like a user's whereabouts or even a call log. Under current law, they do not need a search warrant.

The top cell phone companies revealed they'd responded to 1.3 million law enforcement demands for subscribers information. The On Your Side Investigators uncovered how Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico County all use the tactic.

Republican delegate Bob Marshall says it's got to stop.

"Just keep stepping around this, like some people want to do too often, is to jeopardize your life and your liberty," said Marshall during a phone interview.

Marshall has introduced a bill that would require cell phones to be considered tracking devices. Police would need a warrant from a judge before phone companies hand over location data.

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Read the full article here.

Thank You!

I have been proud to serve the citizens of the 13th district for the last 22 years and I am so thankful for your support for another term!  This was a very tight race and I appreciate so much the hard work of my family, friends and all of my volunteers and supporters. Over the next two years I will continue to fight for my constituents to improve transportation, keep taxes low, protect our Constitutional rights and family values and stop Federal intrusions into our state government.

Thank you again for your support!

Sincerely,

Signature

Delegate Bob Marshall

GOTV Events Saturday!

Friends, I will be having Get-Out-the-Vote events this Saturday, November 2nd at 11:00 in Manassas and at 2:30 in Haymarket. Liberals are dumping massive amounts of money into my opponent's campaign so I need all the help I can get. If you can attend either of these events please RSVP to Claire@delegatebob.com. Thank you for your support!

Manassas Lit Drop
Time: 11:00 AM
Date: Saturday, November 2
Meet Location: Tony's New York Pizza, 11674 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 20109
We will meet back at Tony's at 1:30 for pizza on me.

Haymarket GOTV Door-Knock
Time: 2:30 PM
Date: Saturday, November 2
Meet Location: Haymarket McDonald's 6740 Leaberry Way, Haymarket, Virginia (corner of 15 & Washington St.
We will meet at the Penn Station Subs, 6424 Trading Square, Haymarket, VA 20169 (Walmart Shopping Center) at 4:30 for subs on me!
RSVP to Claire@delegatebob.com

"There They Go Again"

My latest ad outlining the misrepresentations my opponent and Terry McAuliffe are putting out about my legislation! The legislation is HB1, the so-called Personhood Bill that State Sen. Charles Colgan (D., Manassas) and I pre-filed in the 2012 session of the Virginia General Assembly so parents could recover ?wrongful death? damages if their pre-born child was killed in an accident. The House of Delegates approved the bill, 66-32, but it died in the State Senate. Please share with your friends!

The Truth About Birth Control

In both the statewide campaign for Governor and more recently in an ad my opponent put out there have been accusations that a bill I sponsored in 2012, HB 1, would have restricted birth control access. THIS IS NOT TRUE! HB 1 was based on a Missouri statute which has been on the books for more than 20 years and which was reviewed by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court declined to overturn this portion of the law specifically because it did not challenge Roe v. Wade or affect contraception in any way. Again this law has been on the books for 20+ years and it has not affected access to contraception, abortion or assisted conception in Missouri at all.

The language of the bill was designed to recognize the personhood of an unborn child to create a cause of action for a wrongful death suit for a pregnant mother in a case where someone deliberately or accidentally took the life of her unborn child in a situation other than an abortion. At the time Virginia was one of a handful of states that did not have a law on the books to do this.

My opponent and other statewide candidates have been less than truthful about my legislation. I have never made a pretense about my positions on the issues, so if you want a candidate who will be honest and straight forward vote for me, November 5th!

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Del. Marshall files suit against Northern Va. Transportation Authority

State Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th) filed a complaint in Fairfax County Circuit Court Thursday charging that the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) failed to adhere to state law when it approved for funding a list of more than 30 transit projects last month. At the crux of the case, Marshall said, is a Virginia statute that requires the authority to demonstrate how the projects will relieve congestion. With many of the recently-greenlit initiatives, the delegate said, that hasn't been shown.

According to the section of Virginia Code noted in Marshall's suit, the authority “shall give priority to selecting projects that are expected to provide the greatest congestion reduction relative to the cost of the project and shall document this information for each project selected.”

The question, it seems, is whether “shall give priority to” is a mandate.

In a prepared statement, Marshall said the NVTA “has failed to provide adequate and convincing documentation."

"Their bond quality I am reliably advised will be low-grade, high-interest,” Marshall said. “Furthermore, projects that are seriously needed have been ignored while projects that will do little to help relieve major traffic congestion will be funded.”

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Read the full article at the Loudoun Times Mirror

House of Delegates Page Program Application Period Now Open!

  If you know a 13 or 14 year old who might be interested in becoming a House of Delegates page now is the time to apply!  Applications for the 2014 House of Delegates Page Program are now being taken by the Speaker's office and must be received by no later than October 28, 2013.  If you or someone you know is interested in this program, please have them check out the website here for more information!  For the first time this year applications can be accepted online .  You must receive a letter of endorsement from your delegate to apply so if you reside in the 13th district please contact me at delbmarshall@house.virginia.gov.

Letter to the ABC

Delegate Marshall today sent the letter below to the Chairman of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the Chief Operating Officer.  At issue is the case of Ms. Elizabeth Daly which has made headlines recently.

Ms. Daly was approached in a dark parking lot by plain clothes ABC officers in Charlottesville after coming out of a grocery store with food for a charity benefit including some sparkling water.  The ABC officers did not initially identify themselves and Ms. Daly was concerned for her safety so she got in her car.  Her vehicle was then surrounded by 5 other plain clothes officers who shouted at her to roll down her window or get out of the vehicle.  In order to roll down her windows she had to start her vehicle which caused one officer to jump on her hood and others to shout other directions.  Ms. Daly decided to leave the area to go to a police station and dialed 911 as she left the parking lot.  In the process of leaving she grazed two officers with her vehicle.  As a result of her actions she was charged with eluding police and assaulting two officers.

Ms. Daly should never have been stopped because the ABC officers had no probable cause and she certainly shouldn't have been stopped in a dark parking lot by plain clothes officers.  The ABC needs to review its procedures and do further training of its officers.

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Marshall Drafts Tougher Gift Disclosure Legislation

Delegate Bob Marshall has requested legislation be drawn up to significantly strengthen the reporting requirement for gifts to Virginia public officials and state employees. The changes to state law which he has proposed include:

Reporting any gift of $100 or more from a company or individual with business before the state of Virginia to any adult family member of an elected official or covered state employee, their spouse or legal dependent as well as a person cohabiting with a family member of an elected official or covered employee;

A gift not required to be initially reported because it was not made by someone with business before the state, would be required to be reported later if the donor subsequently had business before the state of Virginia where the gift was received within twelve months of such individual or company having business before the state;

Any gift received by a member during the regular session of the General Assembly exceeding $100 would have to be reported within five working days of receipt the gift.

“Virginia’s present law covering such gifts is vague and does not currently require that gifts to family members be reported by elected officials. The recent media disclosures regarding the extent, the number and the size of such gifts made available to family members of elected officials now requires a thorough revaluation of the present law,” Marshall said.

Marshall added, “We need a starting point for serious and prudent discussion that allows the legislature and other state officials to discharge their duties without causing any public concern that decisions or policies adopted by the legislature or actions taken by the Executive are made for any reason other than securing the common good.”

Delegate Marshall previously authored HJR 31 (2002) a Conflicts of Interest Study for state & local government which produced recommendations for legislation later adopted providing for stricter conflict of interest standards for officials & zoning boards (HB 1546, 2003). Del. Marshall has authored other laws tightening disclosure requirements and prohibitions of participation in land use decisions which did not pass.