My HB 83, which forbids Virginia from assisting enforcement of President Obama's new gun regulations (some of which are still unwritten) is being referred to the House Appropriations Committee from the Militia and Police Committee at the "request" of the Speaker most likely to kill the bill without a record vote.
Normally, a referral to Appropriations occurs AFTER a committee has determined the need and purpose for the bill, and has favorably voted on the bill. It is then sent to Appropriations to determine its possible impact on Virginia's two year budget [now $106.3 Billion dollars]. That did NOT happen for HB 83.
In 2013, Speaker Bill Howell "suggested" that a similar bill of mine which had passed the Committee and was awaiting a vote on the floor of the House of Delegates be sent back to Appropriations. They claimed we could lose $790,000 in federal money Virginia receives for enforcing FEDERAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS. There was no direct up or down vote on that bill to send it to Appropriations. My measure was killed by inaction with no public accountability. PLEASE DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN!
A January Rasmussen survey found: "Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Likely U.S. Voters say the government should only do what the president and Congress agree on when it comes to gun control ... 34% believe Obama should take action alone if Congress does not approve the initiatives he has proposed." [Rasmussen Reports, January 8, 2016]
This year my HB 83 received a remarkably fast fiscal impact statement (FIS) which claimed, but did not demonstrate, that some federal money might be lost for joint Virginia-federal efforts under my new bill.
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