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Terry's Talking the Talk vs. Brian's Walking the Walk

by: Eileen

Sat Apr 11, 2009 at 10:35:49 AM EDT


"We've seen this movie before", writes Terry McAuliffe in a fundraising email attacking Bob McDonnell's stance on extending unemployment benefits as too much like Jim Gilmore's position almost a decade ago.  You see, when Gilmore served as Governor, Virginians repeatedly failed to claim federal matching funds for children's health insurance and refused to extend emergency unemployment aid to workers laid off from the Tultex textile plant in Martinsville.

Yet, in 2000, when the Tultex workers were laid off, it was Brian Moran, not Terry McAuliffe, who came to their aid against Jim Gilmore.  

Along with Delegate Ward Armstrong, Brian Moran co-patroned the Textile Workers Relief Act, which increased unemployment benefits and extended health care insurance for a year for anyone who lost a job due to a plant closing related to the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA).  Gilmore vetoed the act.

"Terry McAuliffe may have seen the movie about fighting Jim Gilmore to protect workers in Martinsville, but Brian Moran was a member of the cast," Campaign Manager Andrew Roos said. "In these tough times, Virginia needs a leader who will fight for them. There is no better way to know what a person will fight for than to know what they have fought for, and Brian Moran has fought hard for the people of Virginia for 20 years. We need someone fighting for us in Richmond in these challenging economic times, and that's why voters are gravitating toward Brian Moran."

Crossposted at Raising Moran.

Eileen :: Terry's Talking the Talk vs. Brian's Walking the Walk
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This is exactly the reason why I support Brian over Terry
Terry has no background in Virginia politics at all, whereas Brian's been in the trenches all this time working for the benefit of all Virginians.  

I like how...
Karyn Moran expressed it. "Brian has carried the legislative water for Mark Warner and Tim Kaine".  

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[ Parent ]
This is the kind of stuff that just leaves me cold about Brian Moran
Well, this sounds pretty good, Brian Moran sticking up for the working man.

But the problem is you never really get the straight story, do you?

For example, there is this:

Along with Delegate Ward Armstrong, Brian Moran co-patroned the Textile Workers Relief Act,

Actually, this is false. Armstrong was the "Patron" of the bill, sometimes called a "Chief Patron," or "Sponsor.", not a "co-Patron." The difference is significant. A Patron is the person who drafted the bill, who pushes and supports the bill. A "co-Patron," on the other hand, is just a way of one delegate showing support for a bill.

Here is the definition from UVA:

Patron
The legislator who introduces a piece of legislation (sometimes referred to as the sponsor). Other legislators may show their support of the measure by signing on as co-patrons.

It's the "Patron" who really cares about the bill.

Now, maybe Brian Moran really cared a whole lot about this bill, maybe he did not. But, in fact, in the 2000 session, Moran was the co-Sponsor for roughly 180 different bills. This is fine, but this Diary suggests that Moran's title as "co-Patron" means he worked hand-in-glove with Armstrong to get the law enacted, when it means nothing of the kind.

Indeed, Moran was a co-Patron of this bill along with 89 OTHER MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.  

But the problem with this claim goes even further, and that is this. As the diary notes, Gilmore vetoed the bill. So, what did this bill do to help workers? Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zip. Zilch.

So, besides the problem that each and every claim by Moran about his record needs to be carefully checked and put into context, an obvious problem with his claim that he is a "fighter" is that he has not achieved many good results, unless the fight alone is good enough.  

The Virginia Democrat


Yes, indeed...
Creigh Deeds can too claim credit as a co-patron of this bill. The point is Terry-come-lately wasn't there, and can't speak from any experience as a legislator.  

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[ Parent ]
Yes, but Creigh
doesn't point to this as a major legislative accomplishment, as far as I know.

But, sure, both can claim credit as "co-Patrons." But nothing more, nothing less.

And that is the point, entirely. With Brian Moran, there always seems to be less than meets the eye.

It doesn;t make him a bad person. It doesn't even make him a bad candidate. But it raises questions constantly in my mind, and, I believe, in the minds of many good Democrats who sense something missing from his candidacy.

The Virginia Democrat


[ Parent ]
What exactly is your point?
To extend your reasoning I'd have to conclude that you believe that any legislation proposed or supported by Brian and/or Creigh which failed or was vetoed should not be mentioned at all because, after all, they didn't get the job done.  In fact, unless they were the originating sponsors we probably shouldn't talk about what they did in the legislature at all, right?  

[ Parent ]
I think the point is somewhat different
claiming credit for a bill on which one was one of dozens of co-Patrons is not particularly meaningful, unless - and perhaps this can be done - you can show activity persuading others to sign on to the bill.  Normally what one touts is the bills of which one was the patron.

Now granted, sometimes leadership will deliberately parcel out who gets to take credit for a particular bill.  In this case the patron was a leader, which also presents the circumstance that it would be expected that the other members of the caucus would find it in their interest to sign on as co-patrons.

Please note, I am not in this comment dismissing Brian Moran's commitment to this bill - I know it was important to him.  I am explaining the comment to which you responded.

And I might say that it is very different to be an active member of a legislative body who is dealing with a bill versus someone whose professional responsibilities at the time are very different.  I have no trouble personally with touting Brian's support of the bill, even as I fully understand the point made by aznew.  I have some difficulty with  using this particular issue, on which after all Moran was not the Patron, to bash McAuliffe.   But that is a different issue.

I know you are a strong supporter of Brian.  Great.  No problems on that from me.  So please do not over-interpret what I have said in this comment.

Peace.

This is my world and welcome to it


[ Parent ]
Seriously, Catzmaw, I don't think it is that obtuse
If  all he was a co-Patron of this bill, yawn, and bully for him.

If he did more, that was great. But this diary made it seem like Moran and Armstorng were the powers behind this bill by virtue of the fact that Moran was a co-Patron. Armstorng, yes. Moran - I don't know.

Well, if he was by virtue of his "co-Patron status alone, then  there were 89 powers behind this bill. And perhaps you'd be kind enogh to explain how Brian Moran was a personal co-sponsor of the other 183 bills on which he is listed EXACTLY THE SAME AS HE IS ON THIS ONE.

Seriously,  Catzmaw, do you really need this explained?

Perhaps you could , at the same time, explain that while textile workers were doing without in Martainsville, Brian Moran found the time only to be  a "co-Patron" of the Textile bill, but a "Chief Patron" of this:

HOUSE BILL NO. 1107
Offered January 24, 2000
A BILL to amend and reenact § 18.2-361 of the Code of Virginia, relating to crimes against nature.
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Patrons-- Moran, Almand, Baskerville, Brink, Darner, Hull, Melvin, Robinson, Van Landingham and Van Yahres; Senator: Howell
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Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 18.2-361 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 18.2-361. Crimes against nature.

A. If any person carnally knows in any manner any brute animal, or carnally knows any male or female person under eighteen years of age by the anus or by or with the mouth, or voluntarily submits to such carnal knowledge, he or she shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony, except as provided in subsection B.

B. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection A, any Any person who carnally knows by the anus or by or with the mouth his daughter or granddaughter, son or grandson, brother or sister, or father or mother shall be guilty of a Class 5 felony. However, if a parent or grandparent commits any such act with his child or grandchild and such child or grandchild is at least thirteen but less than eighteen years of age at the time of the offense, such parent or grandparent shall be guilty of a Class 3 felony.

Yes, pelase, let's note that Brian Moran was a Chief Sponsor of 16 bills, and a co-sponsor of 189, so we can tell where his priorities lay.

My late pooch, the "Fiffer", is eternally grateful.

The Virginia Democrat


[ Parent ]
You are right, Aznew...
What a lazy, good for nothing, self-serving son of a bitch!

1996 Signed into Law
HB148 - Alcoholic beverage control; interdicted persons. Prohibits interdicted persons from being drunk in public. The penalty for a violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Currently the penalty applies only to interdicted persons who possess alcoholic beverages, except toiletries, medicines, and flavoring extracts.
HB 176 - Stalking. Provides that evidence of previous unadjudicated stalking behavior which did not occur within the Commonwealth is admissible in evidence, if relevant, in a criminal prosecution for stalking based upon behavior occurring in Virginia.
HB659 - Criminal judgment order. Provides that the final order of a judge in a criminal case is to be entered on a form prepared by the Supreme Court.
HB905 - Serious or Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program. Eliminates the duty of persons receiving information pursuant to a SHOCAP program to file a signed statement attesting that he will maintain the confidentiality of that information. The change does not alter his obligation for confidentiality.
HB1428 - Exemptions from creditor process. Broadens the homestead exemption section to include the additional exemption for certain veterans (§ 34-4.1). This bill also adds "payments to an independent contractor" to the definition of "earnings" in the maximum amount of earnings subject to garnishment section and broadens the retirement exemption section by allowing previously exempt sums that are subsequently contributed to a retirement plan to retain their exempt status.
HB1430 - Child custody, visitation and support. Provides that when a court enters a decree for separate maintenance, it may also make a further order for child custody, visitation and support. The bill also allows a court to incorporate a valid agreement of the parties in an annulment; custody visitation or support; or separate maintenance decree.
HB1431 - Jury commissioners. Provides that the maximum fee for a jury commissioner is $30 (currently $20) and that no jury commissioner may be reappointed until three (currently two) years after the expiration of a prior appointment.
HB1432 - Support; when duty extended. Clarifies that the provisions requiring court and administrative support orders to provide for support for children who are in high school, not self-supporting and living at home are intended to extend a parent's support obligation beyond the otherwise applicable termination date (e.g., 18th birthday), and not to require termination of support upon high school graduation regardless of the child's age or ability to be self-supporting.
HB1544 - Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act. Amends the statewide provisions of the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act to prohibit smoking in public restrooms in health care facilities.

1997 Signed into Law
HB1886 - Stalking; protective order. Provides that a judge or magistrate may, upon reasonable grounds, issue an emergency, temporary, or final protective order for a petitioner against a person accused of stalking.  Signed in law April 7, 1997
HB150 - Satisfaction and discharge of criminal assault charge. Provides that an assault charge against a family or household member may not be dismissed upon a satisfaction and discharge, i.e., the acknowledgment by the victim that he has been compensated for the civil wrong will not suffice to dismiss the criminal charge.
HB2318 - Driving while intoxicated. Makes the section governing the validity and admissibility of breath tests given in conjunction with DUI cases applicable to prosecutions brought under local ordinances which are similar to the state DUI statute.
HB2321 - Service upon a corporation. Allows for service on a corporation in a garnishment proceeding by service on the registered agent or on the State Corporation Commission. The bill eliminates the authority to serve an officer or managing employee of the corporation and removes the requirement that, prior to serving a registered agent or the SCC, the party establish that no other person authorized to accept service could be found.
HB2800 - Property and conveyance; Condominium and Property Owners' Association Act; lien priority. Authorizes condominium and property owners' associations to employ nonjudicial foreclosures for nonpayment of assessments to enforce the lien for unpaid assessments. The bill sets out the procedure for the nonjudicial foreclosure sale of a condominium unit or lot in a property owner's association.
HB2801 - Condominium and property owners' associations; nonpayment of assessments. Authorizes condominium and property owners' associations to discontinue any utility service provided directly through the association for nonpayment of assessments which are more than 60 days past due provided that such suspension does not endanger the health, safety or property of any unit owner, tenant or occupant. Currently, such associations have the right to suspend an owner's right to use facilities and nonessential services for nonpayment of assessments. Notice and opportunity to be heard before any such suspension are included in existing law.

1998 Signed into Law
HB390 - Motor vehicles; removal of inspection sticker. Provides that the unauthorized taking, possession or use of a vehicle inspection sticker is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Currently, a first offense is punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor and a Class 1 misdemeanor for second or subsequent offenses.
HB391 - Stalking and stalking protective orders. Provides that the violation of a stalking protective order (SPO) is a Class 1 misdemeanor and that prosecution of such violation bars a finding of contempt for the same act. The bill also allows warrantless arrest for stalking, makes violation of a stalking protective order a trespass, prohibits those subject to SPOs from purchasing or transporting firearms, clarifies the term of effectiveness of an emergency SPO, allows a fax copy of an SPO to be served, clarifies that only electronically issued SPOs need be verified by a court, and adds auxiliary police officers to those who may request SPOs.
HB392 - Crimes; stalking. Increases the penalties for the first offense of stalking from a Class 2 misdemeanor to a Class 1 misdemeanor. The enhanced penalty for such an offense committed while a protective order was in effect is eliminated.
HB580 - Election information on the Internet. Requires the State Board of Elections to furnish lists of candidates and information on constitutional amendments and statewide referenda on the Internet for all elections in the Commonwealth beginning with the November 1998 general election.
HB1144 - Exemplary damages for persons injured by intoxicated drivers. Provides that when a DUI defendant has unreasonably refused to submit to a test of his blood alcohol content, his conduct shall be deemed sufficiently willful or wanton as to show a conscious disregard for the rights of others, sufficient to allow for recovery of exemplary damages, when the evidence proves that (i) when the incident causing the injury or death occurred, the defendant was intoxicated; (ii) at the time the defendant was drinking alcohol, he knew that he was going to operate a motor vehicle and (iii) the defendant's intoxication was a proximate cause of the injury to or death of the plaintiff or plaintiff's decedent.
HB1145 - Service of garnishments on corporations. Allows service of process upon officers, designated employees or managing employees of the corporation. The designation of an employee to be served must be filed with the State Corporation Commission. Service may be made upon the clerk of the State Corporation Commission or registered agent of the corporation only after the judgment creditor files with the court a certificate that due diligence failed to locate an officer, designated or managing employee or other person authorized to accept service. A prohibition on service on the judgment debtor who happens to be a designated or managing employee is included.

1999 Signed into Law
HB1812 - DUI; additional alternative sanctions for habitual offenders. Makes third DUI offense within ten years a Class 6 felony, with fourth and subsequent offenses carrying a one-year mandatory minimum jail sentence. The bill repeals the determination and adjudication provisions of the Habitual Offender Act but retains restoration provisions. Adds indefinite period license revocation language to §§ 18.2-36.1 and 18.2-51.4, governing involuntary manslaughter and maiming resulting from a DUI. The bill provides for petition for a restricted license after expiration of three years of the revocation and for a petition for full reinstatement after five years. The offender is subject to felony punishment if he drives during the revocation period. The bill also provides for participation in alternative intermediate sanctions in lieu of incarceration for a second or third DUI or DUI maiming offense. Additionally, it requires drivers convicted of a second offense of driving on a suspended operators license under § 46.2-301 to report to a Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program for an intervention.
HB2032 - Laser speed determination devices. Allows any locality in Planning District No. 8 (Northern Virginia) to use laser speed determination devices.
HB2033 - Definition of family abuse. Redefines "family abuse" to mean any act involving violence, force, or threat, rather than the current "act of violence," which causes or results in any forceful detention or physical injury or places a person in reasonable apprehension of serious bodily injury and which is committed by a person against a family or household member.
HB2034 - Intake; petition; investigation. Requires a juvenile and domestic relations district court intake officer to accept and file a petition when family abuse is alleged and a protective order is sought.
HB2035 - Special police officers. Eliminates the requirement that a person appointed as a special police officer reside in the Commonwealth during his tenure of office.
HB2036 - Appointment of general receivers; their duties; audit of funds. Ensures that all funds held by a general receiver who was appointed by a clerk of the circuit court are protected as "public funds" pursuant to the requirements of the Virginia Security for Public Deposits Act.
HB2294 - Habitual offender license reissuance. Ensures that no credit is given to an habitual offender receiving credit for a prior suspension period when calculating the three- or five-year suspension period if the prior suspension period followed a second DUI. The bill also removes the optional court-ordered VASAP assessment prior to a hearing for reissuance of a driver's license to an habitual offender. This change removes an internal conflict; the law already mandates assessment. There is an emergency clause.
HB2295 - Health; childhood immunizations. Requires that all children born on or after January 1, 1997, shall be required to receive immunization against varicella zoster (chicken pox) not earlier than the age of twelve months. Children who have evidence of immunity as demonstrated by laboratory confirmation of immunity or a reliable medical history of disease are exempt from such requirement.
HB2296 - Driving while intoxicated. Provides that a person whose license is suspended following a DUI conviction shall remain on probation for the same period as the suspension, not to exceed three years. The bill mandates VASAP for a first and second offense DUI. Currently, VASAP is discretionary with the court on a second offense. The bill adds the transport of a minor child to school and medical care to the list of those places a person may drive while subject to a restricted permit following a DUI. Raises the fine for a DUI conviction while transporting a minor from a minimum of $100 and maximum of $500 to a minimum of $500 and maximum of $1,000.
HB2582 - Amendment of pleading; relation back to original pleading; confusion in trade name. Provides that the statute of limitations is tolled whenever a party incorrectly asserts a claim against the wrong party because the trade name of the incorrectly named party is substantially similar to the trade name of the intended party. The party (or its agent) to whom the plaintiff intended to assert the claim must have notice of the claim, and the incorrect claim must have been asserted before the expiration of the applicable limitations period. The bill also provides for tolling of the statute of limitations when a pleading against the estate of a decedent is served or attempted on the executor who, at the time of service, had no authority to accept service.

2000 Signed into Law
HB355 - Suspended and revoked driver's licenses; penalties. Provides for increased penalties for driving while a driver's license is suspended including minimum, mandatory terms for multiple offenses. The bill clarifies unclear language concerning the method of tallying multiple convictions and corrects omissions in identifying eligible convictions for enhanced DUI punishment. The bill also creates a minimum ten-day punishment for the third offense of driving on a suspended or revoked license or driving while declared a habitual offender and for certain other multiple offenses. The bill also imposes a mandatory three-year suspension for driving while intoxicated if the driver was at the time driving while his license was under suspension for reckless driving. Finally, the bill provides for the issuance of a restricted permit to a person who would otherwise have his license suspended for failure to pay fines and costs.
HB356 - Photo red programs. Requires that images recorded of a vehicle operated in violation of traffic light signals shall include at least one image of the vehicle before it illegally entered the intersection, and at least one image of the vehicle after it illegally entered the intersection.
HB564 - Prohibiting license reinstatement until successful completion of ASAP. Provides that unless the court waives the requirement for completion of the program for good cause shown, DMV shall not return a suspended license to any person who has not completed ASAP (alcohol safety action program) and who was ordered to complete it pursuant to a DUI conviction. Any person who drives in violation of this provision is guilty of driving without a license (Class 2 misdemeanor).
HB1106 - Definition of "criminal justice agency." Defines "criminal justice agency" to include any program certified by the Commission on VASAP pursuant to § 18.2-271.2, thus granting such programs all the privileges and powers available under the law to criminal justice agencies.

2001 Signed into Law
HB1632 - Conservators of the peace. Adds special agents and law-enforcement officers of the Department of Defense to the list of persons considered conservators of the peace while performing their duties.
HB2481 - Labor and employment; remedies for discrimination. Extends the statute of limitations for filing a claim for discrimination based on reporting an employer's safety or health violations from 30 days to 60 days.
HB2482 - Motor vehicle dealers. Prohibits manufacturers and distributors to discriminate in favor of or against particular dealers who sell the same line-make.
HB2483 - Bodily injuries caused by accused persons, prisoners, state juvenile probationers and state and local adult probationers or adult parolees. Provides that it is a Class 5 felony for an accused being investigated by, or a probationer or parolee under the supervision of, a probation or parole officer or a local pretrial services officer, to knowingly and willfully inflict bodily injury on such officer while he is in the performance of his duty and knowing or having reason to know that the officer is engaged in the performance of his duty. Currently the law does not apply to an accused person as the perpetrator or to a local pretrial services officer as the victim.
HB2485 - VASAP case managers' oath of office. Provides that every case manager, and any other employee who is designated by the director of any VASAP-certified local alcohol safety action program to provide probation and related services, shall take an oath of office as prescribed in § 49-1 before entering the duties of his office.
HB2486 - Reinstatement of driver's license suspended or revoked for a conviction of driving while intoxicated. Provides that a judge may waive the requirement that before restoring a driver's license to any person whose license to drive a motor vehicle has been suspended or revoked as a result of a conviction for driving while intoxicated, the driver must successfully complete an alcohol safety action program.
HB2487 - Court of Appeals. Increases from two to three the number of judges on the Court of Appeals who must vote in favor of an en banc hearing when there is a dissent in the panel and the aggrieved party requests an en banc hearing. The bill also increases from two to three the number of other judges who must concur when any judge of a panel certifies that the panel decision is in conflict with a prior decision and should be heard en banc. This change recognizes the increase in the size of the Court of Appeals from 10 to 11 judges, a change made by the 2000 General Assembly. This bill is recommended by the Judicial Council.
HB2488 - Civil immunity and privileged communications. Provides immunity from civil liability for any act, decision, omission, or utterance made by a member of a community services board or a behavioral health authority in the performance of his duties, as long as such act, decision, omission, or utterance is not done in bad faith or with malice. While providing such immunity, the bill ensures that the minutes, records, and reports of such bodies are not privileged communications.
HB2751 - First offender; drugs. Deletes local and regional jails as entities that may provide the mandated substance abuse treatment/education program. The bill also reduces amount of community service required from at least 100 hours to up to 24 hours if the offense is a misdemeanor.

2002 Signed into Law
HB1298 - Processes for notification regarding restoration of civil rights. Requires the Director of the Department of Corrections to provide notice to felons on completion of sentence of the processes to apply for restoration of voting rights and civil rights. The bill requires the Director to compile information on the Department's compliance with the notification requirements on an annual basis, and it requires the Supreme Court to ensure that standardized petition forms are available at all circuit court clerks' offices.

2004 Signed into Law
HB1094 - State employees; establishment of agency alternative work schedule and telecommuting policy. Requires the head of each state agency to establish a telecommuting and alternative work policy under which eligible employees of such agency may telecommute, participate in alternative work schedules, or both. The bill also requires each agency head to set target goals for the number of positions eligible for alternative work schedules by July 1, 2009.
HB1274 - Temporary custody of juveniles. Eliminates language authorizing the placement of a juvenile who is alleged to be a child in need of services in the temporary custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice. Provides that temporary custody by the Department of Juvenile Justice is ordered for only those juveniles found to be delinquent for an offense that renders the juvenile eligible for commitment pursuant to: (i) subdivision A 14 of § 16.1-278.8 (the juvenile is aged 11 or older and the offense would be a felony if committed by an adult; a Class 1 misdemeanor if committed by an adult and the juvenile has previously been found to be delinquent based on an offense which would be a felony if committed by an adult; or would be a Class 1 misdemeanor if committed by an adult and the juvenile has previously been adjudicated delinquent on three occasions for offenses which would be Class 1 misdemeanors if committed by an adult) or (ii) § 16.1-285.1 (the juvenile is aged 14 or older and, among other things, has been found guilty of an offense which would be a felony if committed by an adult).

2005 Signed into Law
HB2549 - Receivers for attorneys. Clarifies and makes more specific provisions regarding receiverships for attorneys who become disabled, impaired, absent, deceased, suspended, or disbarred. The bill also provides that receivers of attorneys' practices will be covered under the State's risk management plan when acting in an authorized governmental or proprietary capacity and in the course and scope of employment or authorization.
HB2632 - Criminal procedure; Central Criminal Records Exchange. Requires, as of January 1, 2006, the law-enforcement agency making a report to the Exchange to include within its report, along with the fingerprints, a photograph of the individual arrested. The State Police and local law enforcement are required to establish written procedures for conducting in-person and photographic lineups.

2006 Signed into Law
HB1201 - Courts not of record; jurisdiction of small claims court. Increases from $2,000 to $5,000 the ceiling of the jurisdictional amount of a small claims court.
HB1208 - Alcohol beverage control; home exemption.  Requires a guest to be 21 years of age or older or to be accompanied by his parent, guardian, or spouse in order to be served alcohol in the home of another.
HB1210 - Alcohol beverage control; underage purchase or possession.  Makes it a mandatory six-month suspension of the person's driver's license for a person age 18 or older to whom an alcoholic beverage may not lawfully be sold to purchase, consume or possess alcohol in violation of § 4.1-304.
HB1213 - Social services; faith-based organizations.  Directs the Department of Social Services to coordinate offers of assistance from faith-based organizations during natural disasters.
HB1217 - Department of Taxation; electronic receipts of certain transactions.  Requires the Department of Taxation to accept, in lieu of a printed paper copy of recordation receipts from clerks of Court, a monthly electronic transfer of the recordation receipt copy on magnetic tape or other media acceptable to the Department  This is a recommendation of the Committee on District Courts.
HB1218 - Arrest for traffic misdemeanor.  Clarifies language in the motor vehicle code by requiring a magistrate to proceed with a probable cause determination under § 19.2-82 when an arrestee is brought before him following a traffic misdemeanor. Currently, an officer may release a suspected traffic misdemeanant on a summons unless the person refuses to appear, is likely not to appear, or is suspected of committing a felony.  Current vehicle code language is not expansive enough to cover those scenarios when the suspect is arrested and taken before a magistrate.
HB1380 - Claims; Phillip Thurman.  Provides relief for Phillip Thurman who was convicted of rape, assault and battery, and abduction in 1985 and sentenced to 31 years' imprisonment. He was released on parole on November 17, 2004, after serving approximately 20 years of his sentence. Subsequent to his release, DNA tests conducted on the biological evidence contained in his case file excluded him as a suspect in the crimes for which he was convicted. On December 22, 2005, the Governor granted Mr. Thurman an absolute pardon.  Under the bill, the Commonwealth will provide a lump-sum payment to Mr. Thurman of $100,000 to be paid by August 1, 2006, and pay $338,598 to purchase a non-assignable annuity for the benefit of Mr. Thurman providing for equal monthly payments to him for 15 years.
HB1526 - Community-based probation. Provides for placement of certain offenders within a community-based probation agency. The bill also provides that the court may revoke all or part of the suspended sentence if the offender refuses to comply with the community-based probation agency or if the offender commits a new offense while under agency supervision.
HB1588 - Declaration of policy; requirement for home instruction of children.  Requires that school boards implement a plan to make PSAT examinations available to students receiving home instructions.

2007 Signed into Law
HB2850 - Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment. Amends the name of the "Intermodal Office" to the "Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment" and provides for additional duties of the Office.
HB2852 - Campaign finance; special registration provisions for certain committees. Provides that the State Board of Elections shall not accept the statement of organization from or register a political action committee unless the PAC states that its primary purpose is to influence the outcome of nonfederal elections in Virginia. Makes conforming changes in the definitions pertaining to campaign finance. Defines "primary purpose" as meaning 50% or more of overall contributions made by a committee are made to Virginia registered campaigns and committees, excluding administrative expenses and transfers among affiliates. Applies to expenditures of funds received on or after July 1, 2007.
HB2853 - Stun weapons; definition. Eliminates references to "tasers" throughout the Code of Virginia, and amends the definition of a "stun weapon" to mean any device that emits a momentary or pulsed output, which is electrical, audible, optical or electromagnetic in nature, and which is designed to temporarily incapacitate a person. Previously, the Code of Virginia differentiated between this type of mechanism and a taser, which was defined as emitting a shock through the use of a projectile.
HB2854 - Financial reports by VDOT and VDRPT.  Requires the preparation and dissemination of additional financial information by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT).
HB2855 - Execution of search warrants.  Allows an agent of the United States Department of Homeland Security and any inspector, law-enforcement official, or police personnel of the United States Postal Inspection Service to execute a search warrant in Virginia.
HB2858 - Local community-based probation services.  Makes numerous technical changes throughout the Code to update standard nomenclature for community probation services.
HB2859 - Attorneys for the Commonwealth.  Provides that the Compensation Board shall prepare a list of localities eligible to have a full-time attorney for the Commonwealth and shall prioritize the list according to the same workload measures used by the Compensation Board in staffing standards established for assistant attorney for the Commonwealth positions in Commonwealth's Attorneys' offices statewide.
HB2861 - Condominium and Property Owners' Association Acts; amendment of documents; notice of meetings.  Authorizes notice of association meetings to be sent either by United States mail to all unit owners of record at the address of their respective units or to such other addresses as any of them may have designated to such officer or his agent, in addition to the option of hand delivery of such notices. The bill contains technical amendments fixing nomenclature specific to the Condominium Act.
HB2864 - Duties and liabilities of a holder of a power of attorney.  States that a holder of any power of attorney has a fiduciary relationship with the subject of the power of attorney and may be held liable for any breach of that fiduciary duty. The bill also expands the financial accounting requirement for a holder of the power of attorney from two years prior to the request to five years. The bill also provides that if the holder of the power of attorney is removed from his position by the court due to abuse, neglect, or exploitation of the principal, the holder of the power of attorney shall bear the costs and fees associated with the performance of his duties.
HB3131 - Secretary of Health and Human Resources; duties.  Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to coordinate the disease prevention activities of agencies in the Secretariat to ensure efficient, effective delivery of health related services and financing.
HB3132 - Employment; leave for crime victims to attend criminal proceedings.  Requires employers to allow an employee who is a victim of a crime to leave work, without compensation, to exercise his right to be present at criminal proceedings relating to the crime. An employer may limit the leave if it creates an undue hardship.  Employers are prohibited from dismissing or otherwise discriminating against an employee who is a victim of a crime because he exercises the right to leave work.
HB3164 - One-stop small business permitting program.  Establishes a one-stop permitting program for small businesses. The program is to be administered by a business registration and permitting center in the Department of Business Assistance. Owners of small businesses, defined as establishments with no more than 250 full-time employees, will be able to complete a master application online to register their businesses with the state.

2008 Signed into Law
HB93 - Supplementing compensation of public defenders. Permits counties or cities that have public defender offices to supplement, payable from their own funds, the compensation of the public defender or his deputies or employees in excess of the compensation fixed by the executive director of the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission.
HB1241 - Credit card theft; venue. Provides that a prosecution for credit card theft may be had in any county or city where a credit card number is used, is attempted to be used, or is possessed with intent to commit credit card forgery or fraud.
HB1459 - Virginia Small Business Financing Act; preferred lenders.  Authorizes the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority to delegate to certain banks decisioning and processing functions and responsibilities with respect to certain Authority-guaranteed loans.  The Authority will allocate to the preferred lenders credit authority for the lesser of an Authority-determined amount or the funds available for loan guarantees.

IOW, you're missing the point. Terry Talks the Talk vs. Brian Walks the Walk.  

VB Dems, blogging our way to Democratic wins in Virginia Beach!


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Thank You!
I still support Creigh, but now, at least, you have made an argument with something behind it, rather than the vapor that has been issuing forth.

I will look this impressive list over tomorrow. Right now, Moses has just told Pharoh, "Let my People go!," and I must watch. (actually, Charlton Heston told Yul Brenner, but it's almost the same thing.)

The Virginia Democrat


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Are you saying...
that the hard work and investments Terry made over the past several decades, in candidates and party organizations, haven't had an impact on working men and women over the past several years?

His $5 million donation as Chairman of the DNC to Tim Kaine's gubernatorial campaign amounted to almost a quarter of the campaign's total spending in the 2005 gubernatorial election, and without it... Tim would have been outspent by nearly $3.5 million dollars. Tim Kaine has been a solid progressive advocate these past few years, and I'd be willing to bet that Terry's financial support from the DNC played a big role in helping us secure the governor's mansion four years ago.

Terry hasn't served in the legislature, but he's been a solid advocate for fellow Democrats, and helped put a large number of progressive fighters in office over the years, who have gone on to pursue progressive agendas supporting working men and women. No, it may not be as glamorous as working on legislation... but getting Democratic leaders in office (like Bill Clinton and Tim Kaine) is still one way of "walking the walk"
and shaping the policy agenda that guides this country and state forward.

Mark Warner never served in the legislature either, but spent years fighting in the trenches as a party leader to put many of our great General Assembly Democrats in office.

That being said, I'm still uncommitted in this race. We've got three well-qualified candidates, any of whom would be a better person to keep this state moving forward than Bob McDonnell will ever be.


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