Public Comments for: HB515 - Malicious prosecution; creates civil cause of action, self-defense.
Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman, and committee members: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on HB 16 and thank you, Delegate Fowler, for your work updating our state’s Safe Haven law. We, Virginia is for Children (an advocacy group for the lives of vulnerable children in our state), are following the Safe Haven law efforts and are fully supportive of the extension to thirty days of age for infant relinquishment. This is a reasonable, standard amount of time for a mom/parent to conclude that they cannot parent their baby OR, change their mind and decide they can parent their baby. Such a significant, life-altering decision does not need to be rushed or hurried. We know that moms who have just given birth, especially those who are alone, need time to recover physically and emotionally. Moms can experience postpartum depression after the birth of child, this typically occurs within the first 1-3 weeks after birth, parents can be in desperate situations- experiencing homelessness, abuse, addiction and need time to get help. Twenty-one states are now at thirty days for age of relinquishment. Utah just extended their law to thirty days in February, 2020 and approved funding for safe haven law awareness. Extending this law can potentially save more infants from abuse, neglect, and abandonment and give parents the time they need to make important decisions. We hope the committee will approve the extension and consider providing state funding for safe haven law awareness and promotion of safe haven locations or “safe baby sites”. Not enough parents are informed about the law’s existence and the process involved. Our group is especially interested in a state funded, DSS promoted, 24-hour confidential, crisis hotline that would provide intervention and support for women in crisis pregnancies and struggling parents, so that they can get the help they need to parent their baby. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and committee members for your time and for the opportunity to voice our support of this bill. Sincerely, Leah Kipley VA is for Children
VCDL STRONGLY SUPPORTS HB 515.
As the courts should not be used as a way to punish people for protecting themselves, this bill is very much needed.
HB609 - People can then sue for 2nd amendment rights violations for not being able to bring firearms where they could before. People could sue because the city didn't fix a pothole or missed one (simply on accident) and they drove over it and the car needed to be realigned. Way too broad and the working public has to pay for it. Egregious items I can see, but this goes way too far, especially given who decides what is a "right" or "privilege". HB515 - Very much needed. When one acts in self defense and gun rights people work to go after those defending themselves, rather than being stopped from wasting the taxpayers' funds and the drama created in the papers and the ruination of peoples' lives, its time to stop folks using their offices to prosecute their political ideologues enemies.