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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

General Assembly Opens

The 2006 Legislative Session begins today. I will try to keep track of our local delegation's work (Dels. Gilbert, Landes, Lohr and Saxman and Sen. Obenshain) as well as interesting pieces of legislation that work their way through committee to the floor. Today I am going to look at the legislation sponsored by one of the Valley's newest legislators Matt Lohr.

Pre-Filed Bills where Matt Lohr is listed as the Chief Patron

Pre-Filed Bills where Matt Lohr is listed as a Co-Patron

Well, pretty good start for Del. Lohr. Although I did read in today's DNR that he was going to also push for repeal of the estate tax. While creating exemptions for family farms makes sense, repeal of the entire tax is ridiculous. Less than 1% of estates are subject to the tax. Even Teddy Roosevelt believed that the passing of great amounts of wealth was contrary to the American work ethic.

7 Comments:

  • At 1/11/2006 9:58 AM, Blogger Will Vaught said…

    no problem with passing along wealth, I'm just not sure the estate tax really effects that maby people (as you stated), and even Lohr's farm probably doesn't meet the threshold (in terms of value) that would make it subject to a large estate tax?..otherwise, i have to give Matt credit for introducing what appear to be some good bills!

     
  • At 1/11/2006 10:03 AM, Blogger Will Vaught said…

    let me also say, kudos to Matt for not introducing (or co-sponsoring) something like a "defend traditional marriage bill" or something in that vain, which i would have expected...at least he's off to a good start...

     
  • At 1/11/2006 7:17 PM, Blogger republitarian said…

    His speeding bill is terrible....

    Why didn't he mention any of this during his campaign...

     
  • At 1/11/2006 10:50 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said…

    From some of the articles I've read lately, it seems that biofuels may not be as great as folks are making them out to be. Are the "neat" biofuels in this bill the same as the fuels mentioned here?

    I don't know a lot about this fuel technology but I wonder if there has been sufficient studies of biofuel production to warrant giving incentives.

     
  • At 1/12/2006 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the only bill i remember matt talking about during the campaign was the the "defending traditional marriage bill"...and maybe some other agricultural related ones?

     
  • At 1/14/2006 11:14 PM, Blogger James E. Martin said…

    Is it $50 or $50 extra dollars, becuase up here in NoVA fines are $57 and then an extra $5 for every mile over the speed limit your going.

     
  • At 1/15/2006 8:33 PM, Blogger republitarian said…

    Is that 57 bucks court cost?

    This is an additional 50 plus court cost and the 5 dollars mph penalty.

     

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