Supporting running in the metro Richmond area
These bills have been floating around but there is discussion of a major push to add hunting on Sundays for state parks, like Bear creek. On the surface it seems of little concern, but it could limit the use and growth of trail running in VA. If you are concerned about the impact this will have please email the board and let us hear your ideas for tackling the issue!
Some are suggesting limiting Sunday hunting to private property but I would be leary of whether that could be enforced in all cases. Don't think I would venture into most woods knowing some hunters may be out there. I run on some non-park, public lands which adjoin private property where I know there is hunting. Bullets don't read property lines.
I agree. And property lines are not clear either. I am trying to reach other promoters to expand the communication to runners.
Get down there while the bills are in subcommittee) (or committee if doesn't get referred to subcommittee and stand up and talk. If you let it gt past subcommittee/committee, there is little chance of affecting the course of the bill. Go talk to the patron, talk to other delegates on the http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+com+H1N02 House Agriculture, Chesapeake & Natural Resources committee. Let them know your concerns- don't wait. The committee meets again Wednesday at 8:30- the agenda is not available, and may not be available until Tuesday pm (they are not prompt- possibly a result of many freshman delegates/senators. I'm donw here a lot- let m know if I can do anything. (Won't be able to wear RRRC gear, but will be here!)
There are Senate bills, too...get thee to your Senators & Delegates!
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+com+S01 Senate Agriculture, Conservation & Natural Resources
Above link to Virginia General Assembly. From the site you can both find your representatives and contact them. Your address will bring up both your Senate and House representative and you can submit on letter that will go to both or you can address each individually. Easy.
I just did this (the link to find your reps is at the top of the page), and it really is quite simple!
If someone can get me a stack of Miles & Minutes, and any business cards for Board members who would like to be contacted, I am happy to visit the committee members. It might be worth the board trying to get a meeting with the patrons or their legislative assistants before the bills are heard in committees.
Let me know- I'm happy to help (this is what I do for work).
Apparently some of these bills have passed on from committee per RTD today. One of my state reps replied he is against Sunday hunting and will vote that way. I believe my other rep is on the committee that passed the bill on and he has not responded.
Make those calls and email your representative QUICKLY>
On the Senate side, SB 151 & SB 512 have been rolled into SB 464- it is not ont he floor calendar yet...which means we probably have until Monday. Get to your Senator NOW- call, email or go down there- in person is best if you can get there.
On the House side, nothing yet- which means it may come up in committee Wednesday at 8:30, or we might get another week on them.
If the Senate bill passes, whatever happens to the House bills are likely to happen to the Senate bill- so if the House bills get through the House, the Senate (and House) bill will go to the Governor. If the House bill doesn't pass, the Senate bill won't either.
Del. Sherwood (Chair), R.L. Ware, Wright, Orrock, E.T. Scott, D.W. Marshall, Poindexter, Pogge, Knight, Edmunds, Wilt, Morefield, Webert, Ransone, Fariss, Plum, Lewis, Bulova, Sickles, Englin, James, and Torian are on the House committee. Call, email or visit any and all of them to oppose HB 921 and HB 989.
I believe Del. Ware will vote against Sunday hunting. Not sure of Sen. Watkins. I am sure there is varied opinion based upon locality. Contacting various run clubs, trail runners and other interested parties would be good. A number of run clubs have message boards but they are nowhere near as active as RRRC's. Maybe if someone has contact with some of the club's officers, etc. something could be passed on to members.
Watkins responded to my email by stating that he will vote for Sunday hunting. He views it as a property rights issue.