Virginia Lobby Day & Leg session

Virginia Lobby Day & Leg session

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    Exclamation Virginia Lobby Day & Leg session

    Lobby Day is Monday, January 18th, at the General Assembly in Richmond. That date is also Martin Luther King's birthday, so parking won't be as big an issue and many of you will have the day off.

    VCDL is going to be working very hard to move our gun rights forward in 2010 with an **aggressive** agenda. The Dark Side will be focused on destroying gun shows and blocking private sales so that all guns will be registered in a de facto manner.

    At 0900 our members will be showing up and will be assigned to your teams as they arrive. Everyone will receive an orange "Guns Save Lives" sticker to identify themselves as VCDL members/supporters. As teams are assembled they will proceed into the General Assembly (GAB) building and begin visiting assigned legislators.

    The side entrance on 9th street has been reserved by the Capitol police as an "express" check point for our members. This express line is only for those who aren't carrying bags, briefcases, satchels , purses, boxes, containers, etc.. that would have to be brought in through the main entrance to be scanned and/or opened and searched.

    If you will be armed, keep in mind that even to open carry in the GAB you must have a concealed handgun permit (CHP). In other words, members without a CHP may not carry at all in the GAB.

    At 11:00 our teams should be re-formed at the Bell Tower to the rear of the GAB, where we will have notable speakers until noon.

    Thereafter we will break for lunch, and then commence any unfinished team visits. We also ask the everyone also visit their own delegates and senators, one-on-one, if they haven't already done so as part of a team.

    There will be handouts and summary of bills/talking points available.

    Also, please check
    VCDL's 2010 Legislation Tracking Tool
    regularly throughout the session, for the status of bills.

    If you can't join us on Monday, you can help by emailing, writing, and calling on individual bills.
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    Any specific information for a first timer, Dave? Where to park, etc?

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    As it is a holiday, street parking is free.

    There are a number of for-pay and Richmond Convention Center Parking Deck within easy walk distance
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    More info

    More from a VA-ALERT.

    VA-ALERT is a project of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.

    [First person pronouns (I, my, mine, etc) reference Philip Van Cleave, President VCDL]


    1. Lobby Day Purpose and Objectives
    2. Arrival, Assembly, and Afterward
    3. Advice and Information
    4. Teams, Team Leaders, and Assignments
    5. VCDL Student Delegation

    ************************************************** ******************************************
    1. Lobby Day Purpose and Objectives
    ************************************************** ******************************************

    VCDL Lobby Day 2010

    With Virginia gun owners facing continued attacks on our rights, it is
    more important than ever that we make our presence known to our
    legislators. Your chance to make a difference is at VCDL's 2010 Lobby
    Day which will be held at the General Assembly on Martin Luther King
    Jr's birthday - Monday, January 18th. The larger our presence, the
    greater our influence. That is why YOU need to be with us!

    Twenty-one VCDL led teams will make rounds to ensure the office of
    EVERY Delegate and Senator is aware of the bills we want them to
    support or oppose. Team leaders will be presenting handouts to
    legislators or their aides which provide them a helpful summary, and
    asking their support.

    In addition, everyone should visit the offices of their own Delegate
    and Senator to provide a constituent's input on these bills.

    ************************************************** *********************************************
    2. Arrival, Assembly, Entrance, and Afterward
    ************************************************** *********************************************

    a. Parking will be free at street parking meters due to the holiday.
    Nevertheless, because hundreds of people from many groups will be
    lobbying, give yourself plenty of time to find parking and be on site
    by 9:00 a.m.

    b. The assembly area is the courtyard on the south side of the
    General Assembly Building at the south east corner of 9th and Broad,
    outside of the main entrances. Team Leaders will be on site at 8:30 to
    receive briefing and packets. Members should be on site around 9:00
    a.m. to be assigned to teams which will then begin moving into the
    General Assembly building (GAB).

    c. Everyone will be provided our orange Guns Save Lives stickers so
    the huge number of gun rights supporters can be easily identified. Be
    sure you get yours. VCDL coordinators wearing green VCDL safety vests
    will be on site to address issues or answer questions.

    d. The side entrance on 9th street has been reserved by the Capitol
    police as an "express" check point for concealed handgun permit (CHP)
    holders. This express line is only for those who aren't carrying
    bags, briefcases, satchels , purses, boxes, containers, etc.. that
    would have to be brought in through the main entrance to be scanned
    and/or opened and searched.

    e. If you will be armed, keep in mind that even to open carry in the
    GAB you must have a CHP. The Capitol Police will require those who
    are carrying firearms but who do not have a CHP to disarm and store
    their firearm in a locker. If all the available lockers are in use,
    then you'll have to store your firearm in your vehicle.

    f. After our speaker rally at the Bell Tower from 11:00 AM to 12:00
    PM, we break for self-organized lunch (small groups work best), and
    then finish lobby assignments if necessary. There is a cafeteria on
    the 6th floor of the GAB, and some restaurants in the nearby area.

    g. Consider stopping by ongoing hearings/meetings to see how
    committees and subcommittees etc. operate. LIS > Bill Tracking > Meetings > 2009 session
    will be updated during the week with more meetings on the 18th, and
    we will have the latest information available when you arrive.

    ************************************************** **********************************************
    3. Advice and Information
    ************************************************** **********************************************

    a. Dress nicely (business casual is suggested) but also dress warmly.
    Aside from the initial assembly in the courtyard, we have a speakers
    rally outside at the bell tower from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

    b. Know who your legislators are. You can find out at

    Welcome to the Virginia General Assembly - Who's My Legislator?

    You can also get a pocket directory at the front desk of the GAB to
    make sure you know what your legislators look like and where their
    offices are.

    Legislators pay particular attention to constituents (voters), so if
    your team is assigned to your Delegate or Senator, be sure to let your
    team leader know and introduce yourself to the legislator as a
    constituent. Once your team has met with its designated legislators/
    aides, go visit your own Delegate and Senator if you haven't already.

    c. You can familiarize yourself with currently filed gun bills from
    the VCDL 2010 legislation tracking tool from the front page of our
    website:

    VCDL's 2010 Legislation Tracking Tool

    Keep in mind the bills may change (and our position with them) in the
    week ahead, so check again before you leave home on the 18th. Team
    Leaders will be provided with the most current information upon arrival.

    d. Anti-rights lobbyists will be holding a rally at the Bell Tower
    from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. It is best if we are NOT in the proximity of
    their rally, as our members in previous years have been filmed from an
    angle which made them appear to add to the otherwise paltry numbers of
    the gun ban supporters.

    e. The press may want to interview you. While you may make your own
    statements as a private citizen, no person speaks for VCDL except the
    VCDL President.

    ************************************************** *********************************************
    4. Teams, Team Leaders, and Assignments
    ************************************************** *********************************************

    Team 1 Charles Gaman & Jeff Hamlin: Offices 301-308 (Senators
    Wampler, Edwards, Newman, Quayle, Stuart, J. Miller, and Northam,).
    Team 2 Robert Herron: Offices 309- 316 (Senators Vogel, Martin,
    Wagner, Hurt, McDougle, Y. Miller, Barker)
    Team 3 Robert Gearheart: Offices 317- 323 (Senators Lucas, McEachin,
    R. Smith, Locke, Janet Howell, M. Herring, C. Petersen)
    Team 4 Lindsay Trittipoe & Michael DeKeyser : Offices 326-332
    (Senators Houck, Whipple, Puller, Ticer, Puckett, John Watkins, W.R.
    Reynolds)
    Team 5 Max Padon: Offices 401- 407 (Delegates Plum, J. Scott,
    Lingamfelter, Ingram, Bulova, Anderson, Comstock)
    Team 6 Leonard Harris: Offices 408-415 (Del. Cleaveland, Lee Ware,
    Wright, Orrock Alexander, Morrissey, Carr, Purkey)
    Team 7 Brian Uzel & WIlliamTaylor: Offices 416- 423 (Delegates
    Cosgrove, Knight, J. Miller, LeMunyon, Marsden, Barlow, C. Stolle,
    Joannou)
    Team 8 J Allen Hollar & Tim Rarick: Offices 426-432 (Senators Norment,
    Blevins, Ruff, Obenshain, Deeds, Hanger, and Marsh)
    Team 9 Ric Bergstrom & Ron Lilly: Offices 501- 507 (Del. Robt.
    Marshall, Ward, Nixon, May, Oder, Tyler, and BaCote)
    Team 10 Chip Fetrow & Richard DeKeyser: Offices 508-515 (Del. Robin
    Abbott, Gilbert, Athey, Sherwood, Algie Howell, Greason, Watts, and
    Landes)
    Team 11 Paul Henick: Offices 516-522 (Del. Massie, Rich Bell,
    Pollard, McClellan, Loupassi, O'Bannon, and McQuinn)
    Team 12 Mark Matthews, Esq.: Offices 523- 529 (Del. Morgan, Lewis,
    Ed Scott, Lohr, Peace, Hugo, and Albo)
    Team 13 Joe Ligon: Offices 603-635 (Del. Griffith, Sen. Saslaw, Del.
    Armstrong, Sen. Stosch, Colgan, and Del. W. Howell)
    Team 14 Deb McCurren: Offices 701- 708 (Del. J. Johnson, Spruill,
    Sickles, T. Kilgore, Gear, Englin, P. Miller, and Surovell)
    Team 15 Jan Walter: Offices 709-715 (Del. Ebbin, C. Herring, Brink,
    Hope, Carrico, Morefield, and Keam)
    Team 16 Charles DeKeyser: Offices 716-722 ( Del Torian, Villanueva,
    Garrett, Pogge, C. Jones, Iaquinto, Cline)
    Team 17 David Hicks: Offices 801- 807 (Del. Tata, Phillips, Janis, W.
    Abbitt, Edmunds, Nutter, and Poindexter)
    Team 18 Brandy Polanowski & Albert Shanks: Offices 808- 814 (Del.
    Cole, Dan Marshall, Merricks, Byron, Robt. Bell, Dance, and James)
    Team 19 Andrew Amerine: Offices 816-822, (Del. Onzlee Ware, Kory,
    Toscano, Crockett-Stark, Rust, J. Cox, and Shuler)
    Team 20 Pat Webb : Offices 947-948 (Del. K. Cox and Putney)
    Team 21 Jay Forehand (College and University Students)
    Μολὼν λαβέ

    I'm just one root in a grassroots organization. No one should assume that I speak for the VCDL.

    I am neither an attorney-at-law nor I do play one on television or on the internet. No one should assumes my opinion is legal advice.

    Veni, Vidi, Velcro

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