Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Property Rights and SOPA - #3559 - VIDEO: Will Gov. McDonnell Put VDOT on an Eminent -Domain Lease? - Rick Sincere, Bearing Drift (2) Robert Hurt Comes Out Against Stop Online Piracy Act - Bearing Drift


Virginia Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced the 2012 Republican legislative agenda at a press event on the south portico of the State Capitol in Richmond on Tuesday afternoon, January 10, 2012. In front of a backdrop of most of the members of the House and Senate GOP caucuses, McDonnell spoke along with Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell, and state Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment.  I had just one opportunity to ask a question.  Knowing that in past years, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) had tried to hobble attempts to protect private property rights against the abuse of eminent domain by local and state governments, I wanted to find out whether the governor would rein in VDOT this year as the constitutional amendment faces its second vote and as clarifying legislation has to pass for the first time.  Here is our exchange:  Governor, on the property rights amendment and accompanying legislation, are you going to ask VDOT and other government agencies to stand aside and not raise objections to it?  Governor McDonnell: I haven’t discussed that with VDOT. I’m supportive of it. I think this is the final fix to the horrendous 2005 Kelo v. City of New London decision, [and the amendment] protects property rights in the Virginia constitution.  What I haven’t seen, though, is what is the legislation that might be put in that furthers the rights that will be embodied in the Constitution, so there may be some things in the legislation that would create some concerns for VDOT — but I haven’t seen all those bills yet.  Read more.........

Robert Hurt Comes Out Against SOPA- Stop Online Piracy Act - Virginia Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Chatham) has expressed his opposition to SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act [PDF], which has come under fire from right and left due to its potential for the government to censor the Internet.  In an interview on Monday, January 9, on WINA-AM radio’s The Schilling Show in Charlottesville, Hurt predicted to host Rob Schilling that the proposed legislation – which is cosponsored by Sixth District Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke) – is “probably going to hit some pretty rough sledding when we get back to Washington,” referring to the House of Representatives’ return after its Christmas break.  Hurt expressed his reservations about “the consequences of enacting legislation that would suddenly bring the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., into censoring online content.” He called those provisions of SOPA “unprecedented and really frightening.  Read more.......

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