By Matthew French
Once a year, Richmond is flooded with the baser sort. No, I’m not talking about the
return of our delegates for the first day of the legislative session, I’m talking about Lobby Day.
True, we are here to lobby for a bill, at least the Food Freedom Act won’t cost the taxpayer anything and won’t rob you of any freedoms.
I will be updating this post throughout the day for those who could not make it but would like to be kept in the know. I will add a timestamp so you can keep up with the latest.
3:30 pm – Meeting with Del. Pillion went well. He confirmed his support for HB 1290.
3:00 pm – We are trying to confirm that HB1290 will skip to full committee.
1:30 pm – Del. Will Morefield has committed to co-patronage of the Food Freedom Act.
10:00 am– The subcommittee meeting hearing the merits of HJ519 is over. Farm Bureau, Virginia Dairyman’s Association, and Virginia Agribusiness Counsel spoke in opposition to the amendment. The industrial Ag groups used the same old worn out lines. The highlight came towards the end when Rep. David Ramadan said, “I ain’t buying it. I grew up on raw milk.” We have a video we will share soon.
Update: You can see the video of Del. David Ramadan here.
8:30 am – Subcommittee meeting on hj519 constitutional amendment “Right to Aquire Food” is getting under way.
Matthew French is a farmer in southwest Virginia. He and his family operate their 200-year old farm where they raise pastured poultry, free-range pigs, grass-fed lamb and a variety of vegetables. You can find more from him at www.thefrenchfamilyfarm.com