Emailed to Senator Chase and then the RTD today
Dear Virginia Senator Amanda Chase,
This morning I read the RTD article For freshman state Sen. Amanda Chase, first session was quite the education http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/article_71790f77-3452-5f9d-9109-b7ccca972198.html and I mulled it over most of the day while contacting the Virginia Representatives in Washington DC about another issue that was in yesterday’s Roanoke Times.
In the article it mentioned your staffers are women who make practically no money to work for you but they believe in being part of the process, having their voices heard and listening to others voices. The article also said your first impression by many of your own party members was as a freshman “sit down and shut up” and it turns out that instead of speaking your mind or asking questions that you may have had, your vote was uninformed.
The day before the 2016 session began, I stopped by your GA office and we spoke briefly, I gave you my card I reminded you that I’m always available to discuss legislation, issues or even concerns you may have about Sex Offenders, the Registry and our sexual crime statutes. You had been receiving emails from me for months first as a candidate for the Virginia Senate and then as an elected-Senator so you knew who I was and what my platform was about, or should have. On that January morning you were cordial to me, recognized my name and my platform and I wished you well on the session beginning the next day.
Then we came face-to-face in the Senate Transpiration Committee hearing on January 27th where SB666 was to be heard and you are a Committee member.
I stood in opposition of SB666 that day, the first day it was heard in Committee but yet the Patron, the Chairman and legal counsel were discussing it as though it had already come up once before “to work out” any Constitutional issues.
When I opposed the Bill I pointed out that Senator Black’s claim of Rob Buswell’s (Robby’s Rule 2015) abuser (a VSP RSO) owned a Kid’s First license plate to use it as a grooming tool to “troll” for additional victims was unfounded, that a Specialty Plate is NOT a government certification that the driver is an endorsed representative, that no other group of Virginians is prohibited from obtaining an offered Specialty Plate, that no other group of Virginians is prohibited from supporting a charity organization, that that no Legislator has proposed a ban against anyone convicted of Animal Abuse from owning a Virginia Animal Friendly Specialty Plate and that this ban would not just affect those few Registered Offenders but their spouses, parents and driving aged children who co-owned the vehicle too.
I spoke the truth, I had facts (data from the DMV FOIA), I raised the fear-mongering flag against what Senator Black stated and I pointed out the collateral consequences and most likely Constitutional issues with SB666 as a volunteer advocate.
What was your response in a room of 50+ people?