House floor

Quote Of The Day

Just a few minutes ago, on the House floor, Delegate Frank Hargrove (R-55, Hanover), on the debate on making the Eastern Box Turtle the state reptile, whose Latin species and sub-species name both include "Terrapene (Terrapin) Carolina," and which is the state reptile for North Carolina:

"Why would we make one of these things our state reptile when at the first sign of trouble it shrinks back into its shell — and we run over them on our roads all the time anyway!"

And later, from Delegate Steve Shannon (D-35, Fairfax), sensing growing resistance for the bill from the ribbing his colleagues couldn't resist giving him:

"I will remind the body that this is a Senate bill. ... Yesterday Delegate Bulova carried it. Today I drew the short straw."

The bill failed 28-69.

Choose Life Plates Reported To House Floor!

Early this morning the House Committee on Transportation, on a 15-7 vote, reported to the House floor Senator Ken Cuccinelli's (R-37, Fairfax) legislation to provide an opportunity for Virginians to show their support for life by purchasing "Choose Life" license plates (see Senate floor debate here). Money earned from these plates would help fund qualifying pregnancy resource centers throughout the Commonwealth. The bill, SB 817, patroned by Senator Richard Stuart (R-28, Montross) will be voted on by the full House early next week. Because the bill was amended in a Transportation sub-committee, should it pass the House, it will have to be accepted again by the Senate.

Since the House floor vote will take place early next week, it's important to contact your delegate now (contact list here) and urge him or her to vote for SB 817. By making our voices heard we can allow Virginians to publicly show their support for life, while providing a greater source of funding for pregnancy resource centers, not to mention seeing the continued exasperated countenances of Planned Parenthood, NARAL and ACLU members.