Boneta Bill Update: Legislators Reject Constitutional Protections for Farmers - FFC - The Boneta Bill was considered for the first time at the Virginia General Assembly in a January 28 Agricultural Subcommittee hearing before an overflow crowd. The bill, H.B. 1430, was introduced by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter. The Boneta Bill was designed to clarify that the Virginia Right to Farm Act protects commerce, protects constitutional rights, and provides remedies for when counties violate the Act. The Ag Subcommittee decided to adopt an amendment in the nature of a substitute bill. The substitute bill has some good provisions such as clarifying that the right to farm includes commerce. It also has some provisions that leave farmers at the mercy of bureaucrats who do not follow the law. The substitute bill to H.B. 1430 that was introduced by the Ag Subcommittee creates a “rebuttable presumption that a farm is presumed in compliance with local zoning ordinances.” The Ag Subcommittee, however, decided to strike language from the substitute bill that expressly provided constitutional and evidentiary protections for farmers. The language that was struck read as follows: Read more........
(2) Obama's Union - Controlled NLRB Thumbs Nose at Court Ruling, Chairman Vows to March Onward - Redstate - Following Friday morning’s appeals court ruling that Barack Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional, union attorney (and current NLRB chairman) Mark Gaston Pearce vowed to ignore the court’s ruling.
In a statement posted on the NLRB’s website, Pearce stated:
“The Board respectfully disagrees with today’s decision and believes that the President’s position in the matter will ultimately be upheld. It should be noted that this order applies to only one specific case, Noel Canning, and that similar questions have been raised in more than a dozen cases pending in other courts of appeals.
In the meantime, the Board has important work to do. The parties who come to us seek and expect careful consideration and resolution of their cases, and for that reason, we will continue to perform our statutory duties and issue decisions.”
“The parties who come to us seek and expect careful consideration and resolution of their cases…”
Mr. Pearce must be referring to union bosses ‘expecting careful consideration’ with his statement, because he surely couldn’t mean employers expect careful consideration before the union-controlled NLRB. Read more........
(3) Guess What? Obama's Having a Hard Time Finding Anyone to Serve on that So-called 'Death Panel' - The Blaze - The 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board (i.e. the so-called “death panel”) included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has run into a bit of problem: Very few want to join.
Jonathan Gruber, for example, helped lay the groundwork for Massachusetts’ health-care law and played an important role in making “Obamacare” the law of the land. So you’d think he’d be an obvious choice for the panel, right?
“No way,” he said, according to the Washington Post. “Maybe if it was a part-time gig. But full time? I can’t see it.”
And he’s not alone.
“It is supposed to be 15 members, with limited salaries who can’t do any outside work,” former director of the Office of Budget and Management under Obama Peter Orszag said. “It will be challenging to find top 15 health-care experts are who would want that job.” Read more........
(4) These are America's Most and Least 'Bible - Minded Cities ( How Does Your City Rank - The Blaze - Is your city “Bible-minded?” It’s an interesting question — especially in a day-and-age when faith in the public sphere, by many accounts, is under siege. Recently, the Barna Group and The American Bible Society set out to explore U.S. cities to determine how much people rely upon the Bible. Based on 42,855 interviews nationwide, including an exploration of Bible trends in 96 U.S. localities, the holy book’s place in contemporary society was assessed in detail.
Naturally, one wonders what, exactly, it means to be “Bible-minded.” After all, there are a plethora of indicators, with different people holding divergent ideas about how the book should be read and processed. Considering these differences, here’s how the analysis worked: People who said that they read their Bible in a typical week while also strongly noting their belief that the book is accurate in the sentiments it teaches qualify as “Bible-minded.” So, the measure is two-fold; it involves a mixture of action and adherence. Read more.......