February 3, 2012
Delegate James E. Edmunds II
General Assembly Update
February 3, 2012
RICHMOND: The fourth week of session has been extremely busy; primarily because of statewide interest in the issue of lifting the ban on Sunday hunting and eliminating the practice of fox penning – a method used by hunters to train hunting dogs. I received hundreds of emails, phone calls, and visits – both for and against the bills. I would estimate the 90+% of contact from constituents in my district were opposed to lifting the ban on Sunday hunting and also opposed to eliminating the tradition of fox pens. was killed in committee while the elimination of fox penning was thrown off of the table before it had to opportunity to voted on in committee. Above is a picture of me in the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee which is were the Sunday hunting bill was laid on the table.
- Another controversial bill facing review this week was HB 9, voter identification requirements. The bill requires that when a person shows up to vote and does not have proper identification, the person would be required to cast a provisional ballot. After spirited debate, the bill passed on a 69-30 vote that included my affirmative vote
- A bill that would allow local school boards to set opening day for school systems has passed the House on a vote of 76-23, which my yes vote included. This bill is commonly referred to as the Kings Dominion” bill.
- I voted for HB 940, a bill that would repeal the limit of one handgun purchase per month. It is now in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.
- A bill to allow participation by home-schooled students in public school sports, the “Tim Tebow” bill, has been approved by the House Education Committee. I would be interested to hear from you on this subject before it comes up for a vote by the full House.
- The pace will continue to quicken as we approach the half-way point of session – Crossover – on February 14. I encourage you to contact me on any issue of concern as we continue to address these bills.
- The Virginia Coalition will be making a presentation to the newly formed House of Delegates Energy Independence and Economic Security Caucus on March 9 to present our position on the proposed uranium mine in Pittsylvania County.
VISITORS: Many visitors from the district came by this week. Roger Long and Ray Satterfield from Halifax; Dr. David Smith, Harriett Fentress and Dr. Ellory Sedgwick from Prince Edward County all came by on School Board Day. I met with Zoe Miles and Jim Groninger from the Georgia Pacific plant in Brookneal. I spent some time with Rebekah Slabach, a Virginia Tech freshman from Halifax, and a large group of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative personnel (pictured to the right).
I will be in Richmond until March 10th. If you visit the city please come by my office in Room 805 of the General Assembly building. I look forward to hearing from you.