Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Attention property rights advocates!

With housekeeping measures and session-opening pomp behind them, Virginia’s lawmakers now are at full pace in the “short session” of the General Assembly and there is no time to lose on a paramount issue that affects our freedoms — the protection of private property. On Friday morning, the House Privileges and Elections Committee will consider a constitutional amendment that will safeguard your property rights from state and local government and corporations, as well as ensure just compensation in circumstances when land must be taken for legitimate public uses HJ693.

I know that all of you are interested in seeing the Property Rights Constitutional Amendment passed by the General Assembly. We have our work cut out for us this week. We are hoping to have a strong turnout at Friday morning’s House Privileges and Elections Committee at 9am.

Many of you have requested the attached talking points. Please feel free to use and distribute them, as you see fit. Thanks in advance for any time you can spend making calls or lobbying the House and Senate Privileges and Elections committees


Property Rights Constitutional Amendment Talking Points

The Constitution is the proper place to protect the fundamental right of private property ownership. HJ693 needs to be passed to protect Virginians’ private property rights.

THIS BILL WILL BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PRIVILEGES & ELECTIONS ON FRIDAY JANUARY 28, 2011 AT 9 AM.

The General Assembly’s action in 2007 to enact meaningful statutory protections for property owners was commendable and significant, but these protections are only good until the next General Assembly decides that it wants to change them.

Every year local governments, VDOT, housing authorities, and other condemnors lobby the General Assembly to chip away at citizens’ right to private property ownership and to make the use of eminent domain easier and more expansive. The only way to halt the attack on private property rights is to enshrine their protection in the Virginia Constitution.

Please contact the Delegates and Senators listed below and remind them that:

· Private property rights are fundamental to individual liberty

· Private property rights guarantee the free exercise of our other civil liberties

· We need to make sure that Kelo-type takings can never happen in Virginia because it’s wrong for the government to take property from one person and give it to someone the government prefers

· Owners should be compensated for the full impact of a taking

· We need an amendment to make sure the protection of private property is permanent

· Passage of this amendment is necessary to bring stability and predictability to the right of Virginians to own private property free of overreaching uses of the power of eminent domain.

When you make contact with an office, remember that ALL 140 members of the General Assembly are up for election in November 2011 – remind them that you will be holding them accountable for their votes on property rights.
House Privileges and Elections Membership: Cole (Chairman), Putney, Ingram, Jones, Albo, Cosgrove, O'Bannon, Bell, Robert B., Miller, J.H., Landes, Janis, Hugo, Gilbert, Cox, J.A., Phillips, Scott, J.M., Alexander, Joannou, Sickles, Howell, A.T., Dance, Spruill






Mark L. Cole (R) – Fredericksburg (Chairman)
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1088
DelMCole@house.virginia.gov
Lacey E. Putney (I) – Bedford
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1019
DelLPutney@house.virginia.gov
Riley E. Ingram (R) – Hopewell
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1062
DelRIngram@house.virginia.gov
S. Chris Jones (R) – Suffolk
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1076
DelCJones@house.virginia.gov
David B. Albo (R) – Springfield
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1042
DelDAlbo@house.virginia.gov
John A. Cosgrove (R) – Chesapeake
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1078
DelJCosgrove@house.virginia.gov
John M. O’Bannon, III (R) – Richmond
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1073
DelJOBannon@house.virginia.gov
Robert B. Bell (R) – Albemarle
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1058
DelRBell@house.virginia.gov
Jackson H. Miller (R) – Manassas
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1050
DelJMiller@house.virginia.gov
R. Steven Landes (R) – Weyers Cave
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1025
DelSLandes@house.virginia.gov
Bill Janis (R) – Henrico
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1056
DelBJanis@house.virginia.govTimothy D. Hugo (R) – Centreville
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1040
DelTHugo@house.virginia.gov
C. Todd Gilbert (R) – Shenandoah
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1015
DelTGilbert@house.virginia.gov
John A. Cox (R) – Ashland
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1055
DelJCox@house.virginia.gov
Clarence E. “Bud” Phillips (D) – Castlewood
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1002
DelBPhillips@house.virginia.gov
James M. Scott (D) – Merrifield
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1053
DelJScott@house.virginia.gov
Kenneth C. Alexander (D) – Norfolk
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1089
DelKAlexander@house.virginia.gov
Johnny S. Joannou (D) – Portsmouth
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1079

Mark D. Sickles (D) – Franconia
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1043
DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov
Algie T. Howell, Jr. (D) – Norfolk
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1090
DelAHowell@house.virginia.gov
Rosalyn R. Dance (D) – Petersburg
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1063
DelRDance@house.virginia.gov
Lionell Spruill, Sr. (D) – Chesapeake
General Assembly Office: (804) 698-1077
DelLSpruill@house.virginia.gov

In the Senate the House version of the amendment will go to the Senate Privileges and Elections committee – THIS IS WHERE OPPONENTS OF PROPERTY RIGHTS INTEND FOR IT TO DIE.

Senate Privileges and Elections Membership: Howell (Chairman), Martin, Deeds, Whipple, Obenshain, Puckett, Edwards, Blevins, McEachin, Petersen, Smith, Barker, Northam, Vogel, McWaters

Janet Howell (D): 804-698-7532
*Stephen Martin (R): 804-698-7511
*Creigh Deeds (D): 804-698-7525
*Mary Whipple (D): 804-698-7531
Mark Obenshain (R): 804-698-7526
Phillip Puckett (D): 804-689-7538
John Edwards (D): (804) 698-7521
Harry Blevins (R): (804) 698-7514
*A. Donald McEachin (D): (804) 698-7509
Chapman Petersen (D): (804) 698-7534
*Ralph K. Smith (R): (804) 698-7522
George Barker (D): (804) 698-7539
*Ralph Northam (D): (804) 698-7506
Jill Vogel (R): (804) 698-7527
*Jeffrey McWaters (R): (804) 698-7508

*= member of subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments where the House version will be sent

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