Posted by: Scott Lee | March 14, 2010

General Assembly session over

So, ask yourself, “Did the GA expand freedom or restrict it?”  Well, you decide by looking at the below list:

Lawmakers defeated legislation that would put anti-bias protections for gay state workers in state law.

Virginians still may not purchase more than one handgun a month. A Senate subcommittee defeated a number of gun-rights bills, most notably a measure to repeal the one-gun-a-month restriction. But Gov. Bob McDonnell plans to sign measures that would allow permit holders to bring concealed handguns into bars — as long as the holder does not drink — and let nonpermit holders lock their guns in their cars.

Lawmakers backed McDonnell’s reforms for charter schools, virtual classes and college partnership lab schools. Under the charter-school compromise, the state Board of Education would recommend approval or disapproval of an application, but the local school board still would have the final decision.

McDonnell plans to sign legislation that says Virginians may not be forced to buy health insurance, regardless of any mandate in a federal health-care overhaul.’

Lawmakers voted to let anyone who lives in a neighborhood governed by a homeowners association display the American flag. But the association can place restrictions on the flag’s size and placement.

Under two bills that McDonnell signed, Virginia would allow drilling for oil and natural gas off its coast and apply 80 percent of the future proceeds to transportation. Drilling would require a federally approved lease sale.

Virginia maintains its liquor-store monopoly. Lawmakers withdrew or rejected bills either to privatize or study the privatization of the state’s alcoholic beverage control stores.

Lawmakers approved an expansion of the death penalty to include the murder of fire marshals and auxiliary police officers. Lawmakers voted not to repeal the so-called “triggerman” law, under which, in most cases, only the actual killer may be eligible for the death penalty.

Internet retailers will not be forced to collect Virginia’s 5 percent sales tax. A panel of the House Finance Committee rejected a bill to make them pay the sales tax.

Virginia will not raise its gasoline tax of 17.5 cents per gallon as fuel efficiency increases. The House Finance Committee carried over until next year a bill to index the gasoline tax.

Richmond will be able to offer a tax-amnesty program this year under a bill approved by the legislature. City officials estimate they could collect an additional $4 million to $8 million in unpaid taxes.

You still may be ticketed only for failure to wear a seat belt if pulled over for another offense. Lawmakers defeated three bills that would have made failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense. But lawmakers backed another bill that would increase the age for mandatory seat-belt use in back seats from 16 to 18.

Legislators voted to increase the speed limit to 70 mph on many stretches of interstate highways. But they voted not to repeal the ban on radar detectors in vehicles.

Legislators defeated bills that would have mandated ignition-interlock devices for all people convicted of driving under the influence. Such devices require a breath sample before the vehicle can be started.

The management structure of Virginia’s computer bureaucracy will change. McDonnell will sign legislation under which the governor — not an oversight board — will have the authority to hire and fire the boss of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency.

Next year’s redrawing of legislative and congressional districts after the census will remain a partisan affair. A House subcommittee defeated a bill to create a bipartisan panel to advise lawmakers on redistricting.

The Best form of Government is the one not in session!


  1. WOW ,

    Well as i said back in November : “Meet the new boss , same as the old boss”

    Grant 🙂 🙂 14173

    Kookansilly? LOL stick a fork in him

    • Grant,
      The problem with your assessment of the Attorney General is that he was quoting VA LAW. The STATE schools must comply with STATE law. If the PEOPLE and the schools want to change the law they MUST go through the general assembly. So uh, tough rocks pal, you got it wrong again. But that is to be expected

  2. It angers me that a few Progressive marxist like marsh and sasaw can stop the advance of a legal and correct law by breaking their own senate rules . but of course what do you expect from a bunch of democrats that want absolute control of everyones life.
    what does it matter if I get one gun or 3 guns .
    it has not stopped the criminals from getting as many guns as they want.
    we should have sold the abc stores other states do it and make pleanty of taxes off of the sales ,with no overhead , duh
    off shore drilling will help the state far more than a tax incress thank god it passed now if we can get the idoits in dc to allow us to do what we should have been doing for the past 30 years.
    redistricting should be each county not this gerry mandering that the dems and republicans have been doing for yeads

    “Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” – Daniel Webster

    [T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.

    Zacharia Johnson, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 25, 1778

    Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

    Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book, 1774-1776

    • opps mis typre SIC ( years )

  3. Um Keith?

    Please keep in mind when Mr Johnson made that speech he was refering ot the VA state constitution and NOT the U S constitution.
    Cuz the US Constitution was written til 9 years afterwards.

    And that very Va state constitution has been amended many times since 1778 ( last time was 1971)

    Plus i wonder if Daniel Webster had lived another 15 years what his opinion of Abraham Lincoln would have been

    Grant 🙂 14216

    • YEs in fact that is the only quote you are right about,but all of our founding fathers wanted WE THE PEOPLE ARMED.
      AND Daniel Webster would still feel the same .
      YOU should take your MIS EDUCATED progressive foolishness to where it is control. where it has fail over and over .

  4. So Grant, you have not noticed that both the Virginia constitution and the US constitution have an amendment to ARM THE CITZENS????? One might predate the other by 9 years but they are unanimous in their beliefs of the law abiding armed citizen. Does that mean you agree with Keith and myself?????

  5. BTW John back then how many corporations existed in the USA ?

    When you try to compare any past times to present day time you need to remember ALL aspects of life in the USA then and now.

    Back in 1787 owning a gun wasnt just for defense but in many instances used to survive via the ability to hunt as well as for defense of the local area .
    Adding to the problem is the fact we have no way of known how Jefferson & Franklin ,Handcock ,etc would have thought about allowing guns capable of firing multiple rounds in a 5 second timeframe in the hands of the citizens.

    I do believe if the multiple rounds being fired technology had existed by 1785 slavery would have ended long before 1840 due to the movement of that type of weapon into the slave states to supply the forums like the underground railroad abolishionists.
    As a further example notice how slavery didnt survive long after the Colt revolver was created circa 1834 and refined within the next 12 years into an effective weapon.

    So to say the founding fathers would have supported the citizenry having access to such weapons is at best doubtful .

    But it makes for a nice sound bite.

    The funny part is i wonder how many the gun lovers can actually use their weapon(s) in an effective manner.

    Grant 🙂 🙂 14535

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery… keeping things in perspective 🙂

    • grant,
      When it comes to me, I can put five rounds in a one inch circle at 300 yards and yes I am using a scope.. My sons are better than that. My 19 year old at 75 yards shot two rounds from a M1A1 Socom 308 iron sights and made one hole in the paper. And yes the second round went right through the first hole dead center of the bull. there were 5 people who witnessed this . My youngest son has 20/13 vision and shot a milkshake straw off the top a cup at 75 yards with iron sights. He was using a Lee Enfield rifle chambered in .303 calibre So yes we gun owners do know our weapons INTIMATELY. My 8MM Mauser, if it had a scope, could drop a target at over 800 yards, be it man or beast. Forget about my two elsest sons. They are military and do the 800yard stuff in their sleep.
      You see, we are not the exception, we are the rule. By the by, one of the people I hunt with was a Marine sniper for twelve years. His regular targets were 1000 yards, one shot one kill. And you forgot one thing about the weapons of that era……..the personal weapons were BETTER than that of the military ones.

      It was not until the twentieth century that the goverment outlawed the private ownership of fully automaitc weapons. But that ws because of criminals like the Mafia using them.
      Now if you don’t think you need a gun just post a sign on the front of your home stating just that. I’ll be looking for your reply or your obituary.

  6. Since A state trooper I use to shoot with told me HE did not want to get in to a fire fight with me ,I suggest I and many of my fellow firearm owner s can do quite well.
    [T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.

    Zacharia Johnson, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 25, 1778
    Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion… in private self-defense.
    John Adams

    Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

    Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book, 1774-1776

    e strongest reason for the people to retain the right
    to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort,
    to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
    — Thomas Jefferson
    “From the east to the west blow the trumpet to arms! Through the land let the sound of it flee; Let the far and the near all unite, with a cheer, In defense of our Liberty Tree.” ~ Thomas Paine

    “The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition.” –James Madison
    One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.

    Thomas Jefferson, June 19, 1796
    Sorry Grant you are wrong again .
    I hope you will be happy in your Tyrannical state that you want but as for me

  7. Wow….the ol gun debate again…..well here it is kids….

    1ST thing I found funny was the point made by Grant that the Colt revolver was partly the reason that slavery was outlawed. WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was the blood of thousands of Union Army troops that secured the freedom of the slave population in the south.( even though it continued in the north. That s a debate for another day)
    2ND point to be made here is that MOST law abiding citizens are careful well trained and respect law enforcement reguardless of the weapon systems the possess.
    3rd point…… Not to brag Grant but Uncle Sam trained me to make cold bore shots @ 600 meters. After a few rounds and a few tweaks on the scope I can make 1000 meter shots all day long….. And Im one of the good guys….. Stop assuming that everyone who owns a semi automatic weapon system is a ultra radical moron. Beleive it or not I roll my eyes at people like that too.

    • Craig .Thank you for your service and sacrifice. from a greatful fellow patriot. keith

      • Thank you keith. I know your words are sincere….

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