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Alexandria's Richmond Delegation to Hold Public Hearing

Alexandria's representatives are seeking suggestions from constituents ahead of the 2013 General Assembly session.

Members of Alexandria’s Richmond delegation will assemble for a public hearing to listen to suggestions and priorities from constituents ahead of the General Assembly’s 2013 legislative session.  

The hearing will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 in the council chambers at City Hall.

State Sens. George Barker (D-39th), Adam Ebbin (D-30th) and Dick Saslaw (D-35th) and Dels. Charniele Herring (D-46th) and Rob Krupicka (D-45th) are all scheduled to attend the hearing, which is being sponsored by the Alexandria chapter of the League of Women Voters.

The 2013 General Assembly session begins on Jan. 9 and runs for 45 days.

Richmond Sunlight has a detailed list of the proposed bills for the session.

Tom Osborne December 03, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I feel like I'm debating someone who knows little to nothing about the operations of a legislative body but thinks he knows everything. He also seems to have a "facts-be-invented" approach to his hatred for Democrats. The initial bill in question (see his link) was a non-controversial bill that had nothing to do with the issue of abortion. The bill passed the Senate with 100% support from BOTH parties. What happened AFTER that is where the problem arose. House Republicans stripped the Senate bill of everything it said, substituted the despicable provisions about abortion-providing clinics, and sent it back to the Senate. At that point - when you're merely "working out differences between the House and Senate versions of a bill" -- legislation doesn't go back to committee, it goes directly to the floor. The Republicans pulled a trick here and kept the shell of the original bill but substituted something totally unrelated - and got away with it. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats didn't foresee the depths to which the House Republicans would stoop -- and they rightfully take some blame for not being sufficiently savvy to realize what guttersnipes House Republicans are. But to say "Democrats have nobody to blame but themselves" surely twists the meaning of words beyond recognition! The blame for the horrible bill (in its final form) lies squarely with the Republicans who pushed for it -- NOT with the Senate Democrats, who opposed it by a 90% to 10% margin!
Lee Hernly December 04, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Tom - " House Republicans stripped the Senate bill of everything it said, substituted the despicable provisions about abortion-providing clinics, and sent it back to the Senate. At that point - when you're merely "working out differences between the House and Senate versions of a bill" -- legislation doesn't go back to committee, it goes directly to the floor." Wrong. The Senate Democrats knew the GOP game plan on abortion clinics in advance in 2011 and were caught napping during the vote on the original bill. The original SB924 stated: "Requires the Board of Health to promulgate regulations containing minimum standards for policies related to infection prevention, disaster preparedness, and facility security of hospitals, nursing homes, and certified nursing facilities. " The bill was then sent to the House where it was amended to include abortion clinics and not 'stripped of everything it said' by the House Republicans who passed the amended version of the bill. Then it came back directly to the floor of the Senate for debate and a vote. Again, you are passing blame here. As John Adams said, sometimes facts are stubborn things.
Tom Osborne December 04, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Mr. Hernly, you are right (and I was wrong) on one point -- it wasn't "strip and replace" but rather "add to" that changed a non-controversial bill into a despicable one. However, the rest of your post is still baloney. Repeatedly calling your interpretations "facts" doesn't make them so. There is zero evidence that Democrats knew Republicans planned to use SB924 to deal with abortion clinics. Beyond that, there is zero justification for blaming Democrats for something Republicans did -- and solely because Democrats failed to stop the Republicans? I suppose, based on your logic, that everyone who is murdered or robbed in America "has nobody but the police to blame" because the police obviously failed to prevent the crime! Your attempt to shift the blame from the actual villains -- the Republicans in the legislature -- to those who were unsuccessful in stopping them is absolutely ridiculous. As someone (perhaps me?) once said, people can sometimes be as stubborn as mules, especially those who pathologically can't admit they're wrong about anything.
Lee Hernly December 05, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Tom - Was 2011 the first time the Virginia GOP tried to pass a law like this? No. You can scan through previous similar bills proposed in the General Assembly that died in the Senate committee. This time, the Democrats got out maneuvered. All I am simply saying is that I would think (hope) that the average Democrat would know a bill going over to the General Assembly relating to minimum standards for health facilities would be trouble. As a former Democrat/Liberal who has been in abortion clinics myself, I can certainly understand the need for standards for these facilities. Women deserve to have the confidence to believe that the Doctor's office/clinic they go to is clean and safe. After all, I'm sure the community doesn't want another Kenneth Gosnell on it's hands.
Mimi Stratton December 06, 2012 at 07:35 PM
"Now, as for abortion clinics, shouldn't abortion clinics be held to a cleanliness standard?" Don't make me laugh. This bill was not about cleanliness. It was about destroying a woman's right to have an abortion by making it impossible to operate a clinic.

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