Yes, Gov. Bob McDonnell got his transportation funding reform passed in the final hours of the General Assembly session that ended Saturday. But how did the other 2,573 other bills and resolutions fare? Let's explore the fate of three of our favorites:
1. Hero dogs will have their day (HJ552).
Filed by Hanover County Delegate John A. Cox, the proposal designates March 13 of each year as K-9 Veterans Day in Virginia. It notes that "thousands of dogs have served with honor, dignity, and valor throughout the nation's history and growth."
The resolution sailed through the House and Senate without a single vote against it. The dogs may be oblivious ("They're not going to be so aware of it," Cox concedes), but their handlers are delighted. "We're just hoping people will think about and reflect on what the K-9s do," says Ed Martin, a volunteer rescue dog coordinator in Mechanicsville.
2. Virginia won't be minting money (HJ550).
Brought by Prince William County Delegate Bob Marshall, the measure would have set aside $17,000 to study the feasibility and utility of Virginia establishing its own currency — you know, so we can keep buying guns and peanut butter and stuff after the federal government melts down and the dollar loses all value.
The measure made it out of the House only to be shot down on the Senate floor. Marshall is undeterred. "Some people, especially in the Senate, laugh at what they don't understand," he says. "I've got policy goals and I'll pursue them and I'll just have to deal with the obstructionists. That's all."
3. A sinister U.N. plot proceeds unchecked (HJ654).
Proposed by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, the bill simply asks lawmakers to recognize "the need to oppose United Nations Agenda 21 due to its radical plan of purported 'sustainable development.'"
Agenda 21 is at the heart of a conspiracy theory cooked up in recent years by talk-show host Glenn Beck and others, who say the nonbinding international agreement signed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992 is a U.N. scheme to create a dictatorial, single world government under the guise of promoting sustainable development and environmental stewardship.
The resolution made it out of the House, with Speaker William Howell voting against it but cracking a joke about "feeling safer" after it passed. It died a quiet death in a Senate subcommittee.