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  1. #1
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    Dec. 24, 2007
    Location
    Madison County, Virginia
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    Default ALERT: General Assembly Outrage -- Very Short Fuse!

    Dear Virginia Friends,

    There's a bill scheduled for a floor vote tomorrow, February 14 that you need to help defeat, Sen. Stuart's SB26, Authority of conservation police officers.

    Sen. Stuart has wildly attacked the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and wildlife conservation enforcement regulation generally in five (5) separate bills this session. The patron's motivation appears to be based on a personal encounter with DGIF conservation police enforcing waterfowl regulations, but that isn't the point. He is abusing his office and such efforts should be totally rebuffed. SB26 is the only one of the five to make it to the Senate floor.

    SB26 emasculates DGIF's law enforcement function by forbidding DGIF personnel from checking hunting and fishing licenses or game bags. These game law enforcement men and women put their lives on the line and shouldn't be neutered or the subjects of a senator's personal pique.

    SB26 rewards cheaters and scofflaws. This bill is bad law and an insult to all Virginia sportsmen and woman, wildlife lovers and conservationists.

    ACTION REQUEST: ASAP and before Noon, Tuesday 2/14, contact your senator and ask him or her to VOTE NO on SB26. Include your complete mailing address.

    If you don't know your senator or haven't the necessary email info, visit http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/main?openform fill-in your address and click through to the message page


    Sincerely,


    Bob Kane, Chairman Emeritus
    Virginia Hunting Dog Owners' Association
    Sportsmen and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance



  2. #2
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    Dec. 24, 2007
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    Madison County, Virginia
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    Thumbs up SB26 Defeated 15-25!

    Dear Friends,

    The Virginia Senate today defeated Sen. Richard Stuart's SB26:Authority of conservation police officers. The 15-25 vote was bipartisan. Here's the tally,


    Date: 02/14/12 Regular Calendar
    Senate Bills on Third Reading Time: 12:53 p.m.


    SB26 - Stuart
    Conservation police officers; clarifies authority.


    Passage R
    YEAS - 15 NAYS - 25 RULE 36 - 0 NOT VOTED - 0

    YEAS - 15

    Black
    Colgan
    Edwards
    Martin
    McDougle
    McEachin
    McWaters
    Newman
    Petersen
    Puckett
    Reeves
    Smith
    Stanley
    Stuart
    Vogel


    NAYS - 25

    Barker
    Blevins
    Carrico
    Deeds
    Ebbin
    Favola
    Garrett
    Hanger
    Herring
    Howell
    Locke
    Lucas
    Marsden
    Marsh
    Miller, J.C.
    Miller, Y.B.
    Norment
    Northam
    Obenshain
    Puller
    Ruff
    Saslaw
    Stosch
    Wagner
    Watkins


    RULE 36 - 0

    NOT VOTED - 0

    Senators Deeds, Garrett, Hanger and Marsden spoke very effectively against the bill. Three senators reversed their committee Yes votes and voted NO on the floor.

    Thank you for your emails and telephone calls. This was a truly gratifying last-minute win for sportsmen and woman, wildlife lovers and conservationists.

    Sincerely,

    Bob Kane, Chairman Emeritus
    Virginia Hunting Dog Owners' Association
    Sportsmen and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance
    http://tinyurl.com/72yyb6g http://saova.org



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