Thursday, January 20, 2011

Virginia Property Rights HJ647 - #2574 - ALERT: Property Rights in the Balance Friday Morning in the Virginia House - Family Foundation

With housekeeping measures and session-opening pomp behind them, Virginia’s lawmakers now are at full pace in the “short session” of the General Assembly and there is no time to lose on a paramount issue that affects our freedoms — the protection of private property. On Friday morning, the House Privileges and Elections Committee (click here for members and contact links) will consider a constitutional amendment that will safeguard your property rights from state and local government and corporations, as well as ensure just compensation in circumstances when land must be taken for legitimate public uses. Earlier this week, a “ P and E” sub-committee barely reported out, on a 3-2 vote, HJ 647, patroned by Delegate Rob Bell (R-58, Charlottesville). Now it goes to the full committee with local government interests, who use your tax dollars to lobby against your rights, and large utilities and telecoms working behind the scenes with every resource at their disposal to strengthen their hand when they want your property. No less than 10 government and corporations testified against the resolution in sub-committee, while The Family Foundation, The Farm Bureau and the Virginia Agribusiness Council speaking in favor. (A similar version in the Senate yesterday was carried over for a week.)  While Big Government and Big Corporations have much money, we have many voices — and they matter! They are a force equalizer. Please contact members of the committee and express your desire to see Virginia protect families’ homes, farms and businesses!, (Direct Link to list, click on name for contact information)......
Read more.......  See vote..... Please call vote is tomorrow, committee meets at 9:30 a.m.  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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