Thursday, January 24, 2013

Right to Farm Act - Boneta Bill - HB1430 - #4412 - Pitchfork Protest Comes to Richmond, Jan. 28, 2013- Fauquier Free Citizen (2) Big Bureaucrazy Versus Freedom to Farm - FFC (3) VACo County Lobbyists Seek to Protect Bullying Bureaucrats from Boneta Bill - FFC (4) Maryland Lawmaker Proposes Bill Requiring Parents to Inform Schools if They OWN a Gun - The Blaze (5) Roe v. Wade Conference: Women Share Graphic Stories About Abortion Toll on Their Lives - CNS News

PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND - MONDAY. JAN. 28, 3:30 PM - RICHMOND, VA.
Pitchfork Protest Comes to Richmond - Fauquier Free Citizen - Supporters of HB 1430, the Boneta Bill introduced on January 8th by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, will bring the Pitchfork Protest to the State Capitol in Richmond on January 28th. Organizers expect to garner significant media attention as well, since this bill has quickly become the most controversial bill of the legislative session, and indeed this legislation is being watched closely by property rights groups all across the nation. The following announcement has gone out to farmers, property rights supporters, and other organizations Statewide. Pitchfork Protest Comes to Richmond! The Boneta Bill, H.B. 1430, will be heard Monday, January 28 at 5 pm by the Virginia House Ag Committee. We need hundreds of people at the Virginia State Capitol. We need the original Pitchfork Protest (from August in Warrenton) on steroids! Tentative plan subject to change: Rally to begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Capitol and press conference at 4 p.m. so we can then get through security for the hearing. Please ready announcements to your lists, on your websites, social media, etc. Alert your press contacts.  Read more......

(2) Big Bureaucrazy Versus Freedom to Farm - Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog - In Virginia, home to the Pitchfork Rebellion, citizens have introduced the “Freedom to Farm Without Fear” bill. It is hoped that this legislation will make life better - a bit more free - for the state’s agricultural producers. Do you eat? Do you wear clothes? Then your life depends on specialists who farm, cook, manufacturer, distribute and retail food and fiber products. But sometimes all these tasks are handled in-house by a small tribe or family unit, vertically integrated multi-taskers farming a few miles from your kitchen. They’re industrious souls, cottage cooks and family farmers, who create on a small and very personal scale and sell locally via roadside stands and farmers’ markets. They’ve tapped into the global marketplace via farmers’ co-operatives, eBay and Etsy. With all that work, they can still have trouble making a profit and hang onto the land through off-farm jobs. But they’re not complaining about the work or low pay. They are complaining abut being absolutely bedeviled by regulations, codes and restrictions limiting what they can and can’t produce and sell on their own land with the fruits of their own labor.  Read more..........


(3) County Lobbyists Seek to Protect Bullying Bureaucrats from Boneta Bill - Fauquier Free Citizen - WHERE WAS VACo WHEN FAUQUIER COUNTY CHARGED MARTHA BONETA FOR HOSTING A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR EIGHT LITTLE GIRLS? The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) is quietly opposing H.B. 1430, the Boneta Bill, out of the public’s sight. VACo’s anti-property rights agenda was on display when it opposed Proposition 1, the eminent domain amendment that passed with 75% approval. Fauquier Free Citizen has obtained VACo’s talking points against the Boneta Bill. Once again, VACo is wrong. This addresses and refutes their talking points about the Boneta Bill. 1. HB 1430 weakens the authority of counties to plan and regulate land use. Counties are in the most suitable position to reconcile claims among their residents over conflicting rights pertaining to land use. False. HB 1430 does nothing to impede the zoning or enforcement authority of counties. It merely protects traditional, centuries-old forms of farming commerce and constitutional rights on farm lands. In response to the Boneta Bill and the egregious actions of Fauquier County, there have been suggestions that the legislature should actually write an agricultural zoning law for all counties. HB 1430 does not do that. It leaves county zoning authority intact, but simply protects rights of farmers.  Read more.........
Related:
(1) Facts vs. Fiction About Boneta Bill - FCC
(2) Piedmont Environmental Council Joins Fauquier County Board of Supervisors in Opposing Right of Small Farmers - FCC.


(4) Missouri Lawmaker Proposes Bill Requiring Parents to Inform Schools if they OWN a Gun - The Blaze - A Missouri lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require parents to inform their children’s school if they possess a firearm. Not only that, it would criminalize parents that “[fail] to stop the possession [of a firearm] or report it to law enforcement” for children in the house under the age of 18. The American Thinker relates the three main components of the bill, via the Missouri Senate: 1. This act creates the offense of failing to stop illegal firearm possession. A person commits the offense if he or she is the parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18, he or she knows the child possesses a firearm in violation of the law, and he or she fails to stop the possession or report it to law enforcement. Read more......


(5) Roe vs. Wade Conference: Women Share Graphic Stories About Abortion Toll on Their lives - CNS News - One after another, women came to the microphone at a Capitol Hill press conference on Tuesday to tell members of the media about how abortion had scarred their lives, some of them sharing graphic stories of an event they said had lifelong consequences. The conference was held on the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Irene Beltran told how she had a saline abortion when she was six months pregnant. “When the abortionist administered the poison in my stomach I was mortified and shocked because I felt my child kick and turn hastily,” Beltran said. “Later, I found out she was being burned and could feel the pain.”  Read more........

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