Editorial: Progress, or not
Posted on Feb 12, 2014 - 02:57 PM Printer Friendly View
The Virginia Senate, in addition to the hopeful measure mentioned above, has approved three bills which, if they make their way through both houses of the General Assembly, conference committees, and the governor’s pen, will alter the state’s way of life.
Ethics: A $250 cap on value of tangible gifts to lawmakers appears likely. This will not include intangibles such as trips or meals; but, given the former governor’s “Giftgate” mess, it is a start.
Mental health: The Senate has advanced the Creigh Deeds-sponsored legislation to increase to 24 hours the time an individual may be held until a spot in a mental health facility is found. The Deeds story is compelling as he was seriously injured last fall by his son who was suffering a mental health crisis; and then the son killed himself. Deeds survived to help others get the assistance they need.
Sunday hunting: The other measures are progress. This is progress for some only. The Senate on Monday approved its version of a Sunday hunting bill. Any differences with the House of Delegates’ version will be ironed out and the governor appears poised to sign the measure. This is not progress for Virginians who appreciated having one day during hunting season that they could get outdoors in safety. We are sorry to see it. But, Sunday hunting appears to be here at last; good news for some if not for all.