Our America Initiative

OAI Virginia Lobby Day 2014

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Virginia for Our America Initiative supports the following issues and positions (in bold type) and identifies bills for consideration as they may support our stance (“consider”) and bills that, instead, potentially conflict with our stances (“concern”). All bills can be found at http://www.richmondsunlight.com/bills/.

Reducing taxes and regulations:

Consider HB 432 (LeMunyon) indexing income tax to CPI inflation and HB 729 (Lingamfelter) lowering income tax brackets; HB 371 (Head) limiting BPOL (business professional occupational license) taxation to net income, not gross revenue; HB 434/435 (LeMunyon) freezing certain BPOL taxes at 2014 levels; HJ 45 (DeSteph) studying BPOL; HB 1080 (Garrett) adding assembly-appointed members to commission to study impact of state mandates on localities; HB 216 (Albo) replacing state ABC (alcohol beverage control) with an alcohol beverage authority; HB 358 (Chafin) allowing out-of-state bank branching; and HB 135 (Bell) protecting family farms from local restrictions on sales. Concern SB 157 (Miller) limiting payday interest.

Making law enforcement comply with the law:

Consider HB 13 (Marshall) requiring disclosure by telecommunications companies when sharing customer information with the government; HB 17 (Marshall), HB 173 (Ferrell), and HB 813 (Carr) requiring warrants for government searching of electronic devices; HB 325 (Marshall) providing civil remedies for unlawful searches of electronic communications; HJ 4 (Marshall) studying NSA violations of the 4th amendment; HB 161 (Albo) removing limits on court recordings; HB 385 (Chafin) expunging some misdemeanors after a decade; HB 644 (Campbell) removing expiration on concealed weapons licenses; HB 439 (LeMunyon) expanding whistleblower protections to citizens; HB 728 (Lingamfelter) allowing civil penalties for abuse of whistleblowers; and HB 839 (Brink) subjecting Attorney General to Freedom of Information Act inquiries. Concern HB 150 (Minchew/Vogel) immunizing jail authorities from lawsuits; HB 186 (Knight) allowing law enforcement seizure of assets of arrestees; and HB 676 (Poindexter), increasing methamphetamine drug penalties.

Restoring health freedom:

Consider HB 236 (Marshall) and SB 477 (Newman) protecting health insurance plans not conforming to ObamaCare from being cancelled; HB 490 (Albo) allowing patient access to medical records; and HB 611 (Robinson) allowing decertified, out-of-state docs to seek licensure. Concern HB 684 (Marshall) limiting medicinal marijuana; SB 536 (Martin) prohibiting doctors from selling own devices, and HB 621 (Mason) allowing temporary incarceration on mere suspicion of mental incapacity.

Expanding school choice:

Consider HJ 51 (Bell) and SJ 66 (Obenshain) expanding charter schools state-wide; HB 63 (Bell) allowing homeschoolers to participate in government-supported school sports; and SJ 30 (Miller), studying reduction in Standards of Learning. Concern HJ92 (Rust) studying limitation of the permitted religious exemption from government schools.

Respecting personal freedom:

Consider HJ 21 (Dance) restoring rights after completion of sentence for nonviolent offenders; HB 914 (Sickles) repealing ban on unmarried sex; HB 939 (Surovell) allowing same-sex marriage; HJ 3 (Morrissey) and HJ 11 (Surovell) repealing marriage amendment; and HB 973 (Cline) prohibiting red-light cameras.

Strengthening constitutional limits to government:

Consider HB 437 (LeMunyon) and HJ 9 (Lingamfelter) participating in a convention of states with instructions; HJ 6 (Morrissey) amending the Virginia Constitution to limit state terms to 12 years; HJ 23 (LeMunyon) and SJ 71 (Hanger) convening a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution to balance the federal budget; and SR 15 (Carrico) convening a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution with the Regulation Freedom Amendment, requiring congressional passage of major agency rules.

For additional information: contact Charles Frohman, OAIVA, at 202-258-8027 or CharlesFrohman@OurAmericaInitiative.com.

Our America Initiative is a national issue advocacy organization dedicated to the fundamental principles of individual liberty, the free market and limited government. Positions expressed on specific legislation by Our America's state organizations do not necessarily constitute endorsement or opposition on the part of the national organization or its Honorary Chairman, Gov. Gary Johnson.