It is with great pleasure we share that yesterday the Virginia House of Delegates passed both Convention of States actions HJ 3 and HB 1328!
Our team in Virginai did a fantastic job contacting their Delegates in support of the Convention of States resolution. It goes to show how citizens motivated for action really can succeed. Yesterday Virginia moved one step closer to joining the other states in calling for an Article V Convention of States.
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If you live in Virginia...
The message below is straight from the Virginia State Director. If you live in Virginia, we need your help to get our resolution past the finish line!
Now I must ask you to do the following things.
- Find your Delegate and Senator’s phone numbers and email addresses at Who’s My Legislator (enter your address at the top, right).
First, we need to thank our Delegates for voted for our Convention of States HJ 3 and the companion bill HB 1328. The voting results are at the bottom of this email. If your Delegate voted “Yea”, please call / email his/her office and express your appreciation for their vote to call for a Convention of States to reign in the federal government.
Second, I must ask you to call and email your Senator now. With our victory in the House, our attention now turns to the Senate. The vote will be TIGHT. Our volunteers have been working diligently to enlist Senators but several are still on the fence. Please call and email your Senator now. Ask them to vote YES for the Article V Convention of States resolution HJ 3 and HB 1328.
Send your Senator a short email now. You can block / copy the short template I’ve provided below and tailor it with your personal message.
Subject: Please vote YES for HJ 3 and HB 1328, Convention of States
I ask you to vote YES for HJ 3 and HB 1328, Convention of States!
Virginia’s House of Delegates just passed HJ 3 calling for an Article V Convention of States to rein in the over-reaching federal government and restore our country. They also passed the companion bill, HB 1328, which adds additional safeguards by imposing criminal penalties to convention meeting delegates who violate the instructions you give them.
I ask you to exercise the power our country’s Founders gave to you, our state legislators, and call for a Convention of States to propose amendments that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials.
Please vote YES for HJ 3 and HB 1328!
Thank you for helping Virginia move forward in restoring our country and safeguarding the freedoms our country’s Founders sacrificed so much to give to us.
Your COS Virginia Action Team.
See how your Delegate voted, below.
HJ 3 United States Constitution; application for a convention of the states.
02/16/16 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (52-Y 47-N)
YEAS--Albo, Anderson, Bell, Robert B., Bloxom, Byron, Campbell, Cline, Cole, Collins, Cox, Davis, Dudenhefer, Edmunds, Fariss, Farrell, Fowler, Freitas, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Hugo, Jones, Kilgore, Knight, LaRock, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Massie, Miller, Minchew, Miyares, Morris, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pogge, Poindexter, Ransone, Robinson, Stolle, Villanueva, Ware, Webert, Wilt, Mr. Speaker--52.
NAYS--Adams, Aird, Austin, Bagby, Bell, John J., Bell, Richard P., Boysko, Bulova, Carr, Filler-Corn, Heretick, Herring, Hester, Hodges, Hope, Ingram, James, Keam, Kory, Krizek, Landes, Levine, Lindsey, Lopez, Marshall, R.G., Mason, McClellan, McQuinn, Murphy, Pillion, Plum, Price, Rasoul, Rush, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Sullivan, Taylor, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Watts, Wright, Yancey, Yost--47.
HB 1328 Unfaithful delegates; constitutional convention, penalty.
02/16/16 House: VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (56-Y 43-N)
YEAS--Albo, Anderson, Austin, Bell, Robert B., Bloxom, Byron, Cline, Cole, Cox, Davis, Dudenhefer, Edmunds, Fariss, Farrell, Fowler, Freitas, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Hodges, Hugo, Ingram, Jones, Kilgore, Knight, LaRock, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Miller, Minchew, Miyares, Morris, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Pogge, Poindexter, Ransone, Rasoul, Robinson, Rush, Villanueva, Ware, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Yost, Mr. Speaker--56.
NAYS--Adams, Aird, Bagby, Bell, John J., Bell, Richard P., Boysko, Bulova, Campbell, Carr, Collins, Filler-Corn, Heretick, Herring, Hester, Hope, James, Keam, Kory, Krizek, Landes, Levine, Lindsey, Lopez, Marshall, R.G., Mason, Massie, McClellan, McQuinn, Murphy, Plum, Price, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Stolle, Sullivan, Taylor, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Watts, Yancey--43.