On Tuesday, February 15, the Virginia House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 1213 on Third Reading, by a unanimous 98 to 0 vote. The Virginia Senate also passed House Bill 1422 yesterday by a 40 to 0 vote. Both bills will now head to Governor McDonnell’s desk for his consideration.
Senate Bill 1213, sponsored by state Senators Ralph Smith (R-22) and Tommy Norment (R-3), provides that the State Board of Elections, in cooperation with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, would make mail voter registration application forms available where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
House Bill 1422, sponsored by Delegate Dave Albo (R-42), would add one family firearm, not to exceed $3,000 in value, to the list of items that every householder shall be entitled to hold exempt from Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Currently, ten states allow firearm owners to exempt their firearm from the liquidation process. The NRA helped draft this legislation.
Please take the time to contact Governor McDonnell and respectfully request he sign SB 1213 and HB 1422 into law. To contact him via email please click here.
Yesterday, the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee passed House Bill 1501, by a 10 to 0 vote. This bill will now head to the Senate floor. Sponsored by Delegate Lacey Putney (I-19), House Bill 1501 is identical to SB 1213.