Thursday, February 23, 2012

Virginia General Assembly - #3680 - Senate Committee Votes to Require Non-Invasive Ultrasounds Before Abortions - Washington Post (2) McDonnell Breaks 2 Promises to Conservatives in the Same Day - Bearing Drift

A Senate committee approved a measure Thursday that would require women to undergo external ultrasounds before abortions— but not the more invasive type of ultrasound in which a wand is inserted into the vagina. On Wednesday, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), an abortion opponent who had initially supported legislation that would have required the internal ultrasounds, asked lawmakers to amend the measure after he learned how intrusive the tests are. The external ultrasound requires a woman to remove her clothing so that an imaging device can be used on her abdomen. House members approved the governor’s amendments Wednesday afternoon. That bill will likely die because the sponsor, Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester), said she would ask it be stricken. The Senate committee voted along party lines to approve an amended version of the bill. Sen. Harry Blevins (R-Chesapeake), the swing vote on the committee, left the room during the vote but left his proxy to approve the bill.  Read more.......

McDonnell Breaks 2 Promises to Conservatives in the Same Day - Bearing Drift - While Bearing Drift generally appreciates the leadership of Gov. Bob McDonnell, yesterday certainly strained that perception.  McDonnell capitulated to the extreme left on Sen. Jill Vogel’s very sound bill to give women the opportunity to see a sonogram (a sonogram that is likely to be performed anyway, according to Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation).  To put this into perspective, following McDonnell’s decision, the hysterical left went from complaining about “transvaginal” ultrasounds to “transabdominal” ultrasounds.  Really?  Proving, once again, there is no pleasing the left on their holy grail issue: abortion. McDonnell needed to stick to his guns and support the General Assembly and folks like us on Bearing Drift who have been out here daily fighting for the rights of those who cannot protect themselves.  By the way, where was RPV in all this?  But what almost got lost in yesterday’s fiasco brought on by the governor, is this little bit of news:
The House of Delegates Finance Committee approved amendments today authorizing the state to require an out-of-state seller, with distribution facilities or other related entities in the state, to collect sales taxes on the sale of goods to in-state purchasers, without regard to the location of the seller, on September 1, 2013, or on or before January 1, 2014 if federal legislation is enacted, to level the playing field for all sellers with a later effective date. Thus, this agreement negotiated with Amazon requires certain online retailers to collect the sales and use tax in the same manner as a bricks and mortar retailer. The tax an online retailer will now begin to collect will relieve Virginians of their current obligation to self-report consumer use tax on their tax return. This new law simply requires collection of the existing tax at the point of sale.
So, seriously, how many people self-report the sales tax on their income tax form?  Reading the press release, everyone seemed to put on a good show – Amazon, Sen. Frank Wagner, Virginia retailers, the governor – all were pleased with the arrangement.  Read more.........

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