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CALL TO ACTION! PROPERTY RIGHTS BILL VOTE YES TO HB1488! MELT THE PHONES!

02/10/2015

Sen. John C. Watkins (R) 804-698-7510 district10@senate.virginia.gov (chairman)
Sen. Kenneth C. Alexander (D) 804-698-7505 district05@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. A. Benton Chafin, Jr. (R) 804-698-7538 district75@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D) 804-698-7529 district29@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. John A. Cosgrove, Jr. (R) 804-698-7514 district14@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. Rosalyn R. Dance (D) 804-698-7516 district16@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. Jeffrey L. McWaters (R) 804-698-7508 district08@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. Stephen D. Newman (R) 804-698-7523 district23@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R) 804-698-7503 district03@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R) 804-698-7526 district26@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (D) 804-698-7535 district35@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. William M. Stanley, Jr. (R) 804-698-7520 district20@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. Walter A. Stosch (R) 804-698-7512 district12@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. Richard H. Stuart (R) 804-698-7528 district28@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. Frank W. Wagner (R) 804-698-7507 district07@senate.virginia.gov

URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

COME BE HEARD! THIS THURSDAY @ 11am SENATE Room B at the General Assembly Building The address for GA for This Thursday is 1000 Bank Street Richmond, VA 23219. For specific directions, please call (804) 698-1788

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE VIRGINIA PROPERTY RIGHTS!

HB1488 is going before the Virginia Agriculture Senate This THURSDAY 2/12 at 9am ! It passed the House but we need help to get it through the Ag Senate.

Please help us with a massive email and phone call push to the House Senate Ag are strangled off the land. Ask Joel Salatin! He wrote an article a while ago called “Beware of Sincere Sounding Conservation Easements” in Flavour Magazine a few years back.

HB1488 provides protections for landowners against abusive land trusts by providing accountability, standards and oversight.

We need a tremendous showing of grass roots support for property rights in the Commonwealth!!!

When One Virginia family suffers under the boot of abusive Tyranny, We ALL Suffer.

PASS THE VIRGINIA CONSERVATION REFORM ACT HB1488 !!!!!

PLEASE email and call these senators:

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)- DelJCosgrove@house.virginia.gov,
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) – district30@senate.virginia.gov,
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon) – district24@senate.virginia.gov,
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke) – district37@senate.virginia.gov,
Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville) – district04@senate.virginia.gov,
Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond) – district09@senate.virginia.gov,
Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News) – district01@senate.virginia.gov,
Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) – DelKPlum@house.virginia.gov,
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville) – district15@senate.virginia.gov,
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) – district19@senate.virginia.gov,
Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian) – district10@senate.virginia.gov,
Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg) – district33@senate.virginia.gov

THANK YOU and God bless you all!!!

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

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Update – House Reading HB 1488 Tomorrow. CALL and EMAIL!

01/29/2015
They read HB 1488 in the House of Delegates today and tomorrow will be the second reading. The vote is after that.

We need you to CALL and EMAIL a lot tonight and tomorrow and tell your Delegate to vote YES on HB 1488! If you can’t call during normal hours, call and leave a voicemail. Please especially try to call these Delegates and tell them to vote YES:

– Speaker Bill Howell (28th District: parts of Stafford county, Fredericksburg city)
– Delegate Scott Surrovell (44th District: parts of Fairfax county)
– Delegate Randy Minchew (10th District: parts of Clarke, Loudon and Frederick counties)

Update – Your Calls are Helping Property Rights!

01/28/2015
Today HB 1488 was Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee (20-Y 2-N)

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+vot+H01V0017+HB1488

BUT…. What’s Next?

CALL Your Delegates! Tell them to vote YES for property rights and YES for HB 1488!!

Get your Delegate contact info: http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

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Update: Urgent News Release!

01/27/2015
PDF: Virginia Land Trust’s FAKE “Stonewall Jackson-Slept-Here-Claim” In Government-Sanctioned Easement – Property Owners Demand Protections against Tyrannical Abuses

Demand Conservation Easement Reform with HB 1488

We Need You to Call and Email the
Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

We need you to call and/or email the committee members and ask them to pass HB 1488 for COnservation Easement dispute resolution.
Details of bill: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?151+sum+HB1488

Committee Member Contact Info: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?151+com+H01

Want to Do More to Help?
Attend the Full Agriculture Committee Hearing

Show your support for HB 1488 by attending the Committee Hearing in Richmond, VA. Go strong on property rights and give testimony in support of HB1488!

Where: General Assembly House
When: 8:30 am Wednesday, January 28, 2015

End Abuse of the PEC and Land Trusts! Stand up for Property Rights!
No PEC Abuse

The following is a summary of the bill:

UPDATE!
HOUSE BILL 1488
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE

A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 10.1-1021.2, relating to
the mediation by the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation of disputes over conservation easement interpretation or administration.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 10.1-1021.2 as follows:

§ 10.1-1021.2. Additional powers of the Foundation; requests for conservation easement dispute mediation.
Any private owner of the fee interest in land that is subject to a perpetual conservation easement pursuant to Chapter 10.1 (§ 10.1-1009 et seq.), any holder of such an easement, or any holder of a third-party right of enforcement may request, pursuant to guidelines adopted by the Foundation, that the Foundation mediate and issue a recommendation to resolve a dispute that is not part of a dispute already in litigation and arises out of or relates to the interpretation or administration of a conservation easement made or entered into pursuant to Chapter 10.1 (§ 10.1-1009 et seq.).

HB 1488 Conservation easements; tax benefits, disputes over terms.

Chief Patron: Brenda L. Pogge

Summary as introduced:
Conservation easements; tax benefits; disputes over terms. Prohibits the owner of a fee interest in land that is subject to a conservation easement accepted on or after July 1, 2016, from receiving certain tax benefits or tax credits if the easement is co-held, contains a third-party right of enforcement, or omits notice of the holder’s enforcement guidelines. The bill also requires the holder’s enforcement guidelines, if the fee owner is to receive the tax benefits, to define “agriculture” to include small-scale family farming practices. The bill removes from the list of parties that have legal standing to bring an action affecting a conservation easement the Virginia Historic Landmarks Board, a person with a third-party right of enforcement, the local government, and any other agency or person with standing under other laws. The bill authorizes the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) to issue decisions on disputes over the interpretation of easement instruments where those disputes are not already in litigation. The bill requires the Foundation, in deciding such cases, to follow the Administrative Process Act, except that it is required to construe ambiguous easement terms in favor of the landowner and to construe “agriculture” to include small-scale family farming practices. The bill also requires the Department of Conservation and Recreation to report, without identifying them, individual easement donations and requires the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to conduct an annual public hearing to assess whether private holders of conservation easements comply with best practices.

 

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