Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Delegate Cosgrove to Withdraw HB 1677

Augusta Free Press breaks the news:

Legislation that would have required mothers who had failed to report fetal deaths to the police within 12 hours of the delivery to face a possible misdemeanor sentence will be withdrawn, its patron said on Monday.

"I've elected to withdraw HB 1677 from consideration by the General Assembly this year. The language is just too confusing," Del. John Cosgrove, R-Chesapeake, told The Augusta Free Press.

Cosgrove's surprise move came after a firestorm of controversy spread across the World Wide Web over the weekend about the possible far-reaching effects of the measure.


I'll be back this afternoon with comments.

(via Democracy for Virginia)

5 Comments:

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome!

 
At 8:31 AM, Blogger lulu_grl said...

awesome work!

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Kick ass!

I'm sure he'll come up with some other ridiculous bill eventually, though.

 
At 2:43 PM, Blogger Orac said...

Nice going. I'm sure this is in no small part to your efforts.

Unfortunately, he'll almost certainly try to retool the bill and reintroduce it later, when he thinks people will have forgotten about it.

 
At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he's already tried it once in '03...

As a side note, that thing about the request for the law maybe coming from the Fraternal Order of the Police is intersting, since Cosgrove himself just so happens to be a member of said organisation (google his name for his official bio, it lists all his memberships). He's getting them shiny special-edition numberplates this year too, and $2 from every plate goes to the organisation :O

 

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