Monday, January 30, 2012

Virginia General Assembly - #3615 -IMPORTANT VOTES TUESDAY: SB484 - Abortion: Informed Consent (2) SJ 3 - Eminent Domain (3) Hopkins: Debunking Property Rights Amendment Fears - Washington Times

BOTH OF THESE BILLS WILL BE VOTED ON TOMORROW/TUESDAY, PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL ON BOTH. - Contact Information Below:
Abortion; informed consent SB484 -  VOTE: NOON TUESDAY: Requires that, as a component of informed consent to an abortion, to determine gestation age, every pregnant female shall undergo ultrasound imaging and be given an opportunity to view the ultrasound image of her fetus prior to the abortion. The medical professional performing the ultrasound must obtain written certification from the woman that the opportunity was offered and whether the woman availed herself of the opportunity to see the ultrasound image or hear the fetal heartbeat. A copy of the ultrasound and the written certification shall be maintained in the woman's medical records at the facility where the abortion is to be performed. If you’ve been keeping up with the Virginia General Assembly, you celebrated with us Thursday as the Senate Education and Health committee on an 8-7 vote, passed a pro-life bill – the first significant pro-life bill to receive a favorable report from that committee in nine years! Patroned by Senator Jill Vogel (R-27, Winchester) and Senator Ralph Smith (R-19, Roanoke), Now that bill will be voted on in the full Senate.  The Family Foundation is cautiously optimistic that SB 484 will pass as it already has bi-partisan support with two democrat co-patrons signed on, Senators Chuck Colgan (D-29, Manassas) and Phil Puckett (D-38, Tazewell). However, between now and then, you can be sure that NARAL and Planned Parenthood will do all they can to chip away at our bi-partisan support. That is why we need your help. The vote on SB 484 is scheduled to take place shortly after noon Tuesday. Time is of the essence; please contact your senator today, and urge him or her to vote YES on SB 484!  Virginia Senate Contact List........  Va. Senate 17th District, Bryce Reeves (R), 804, 6987517.  Va. Senate 25th District, Creigh Deeds (D) 804-698-7525.


Eminent Domain - SJ 3 -VOTE TUESDAY 4:00 pm. -  Constitutional amendment; taking or damaging of private property for public use (second reference). Revises the prohibition on the enactment by the General Assembly of laws whereby private property may be taken or damaged. An existing provision authorizing the General Assembly to define what constitutes a public use is removed. The proposed amendment provides that private property can be taken or damaged only for a public use, only with just compensation to the owner, and only so much taken as is necessary for the public use.  The Senate Privileges and Elections Committee (of which both Creigh Deeds and Bryce Reeves are members - see below) will meet tomorrow/Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. to consider SJ 3, a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution to protect our property rights from the government's power of eminent domain. Please contact your Senator to vote YES on SJ 3.  Creigh Deeds: (804) 698-7525 email: district25@senate.virginia.gov  Bryce Reeves:  (804) 698-7517 email: district17@senate.virginia.gov.  Senate Privileges and Elections Committee - Direct Links - 

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Hopkins: Debunking Property Rights Amendment Fears - Washington Times - It has been more than 100 years since the Virginia General Assembly took a hard look at property rights guarantees in the state constitution. As our lawmakers begin a historic debate about how and whether to safeguard those constitutional protections, it is apparent already that the arguments against property rights protections have a distinct deja vu quality.  In 1902, those who opposed efforts to give Virginians more security in their homes, farms and businesses against eminent domain abuses made the same kind of doom-and-gloom predictions that are heard by opponents today.  Read more.........

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