Over the objections of many citizens, the State House Judiciary Committee passed HB 35 which requires criminal background checks on all firearms transfers even within families such as step parents and cousins or others not considered immediate and among people in the military who already have background checks. Violation would be a class A misdemeanor. On the bright side HB 13 by Rep. Kowalko was released from the House Administration Committee. It would require a one year waiting period for members of the General Assembly to become lobbyists. One question that I have is why does this not apply to all political appointees and elected officials? Why single out members of the General Assembly when a cabinet secretary could have more influence on certain policies? HB 14 helping Farmers by not taxing the money given them to lock their land into Agricultural Preservation program is stalled in the Appropriations Committee after being released from the revenue committee. The bill would only cost around 600k (200k to 800K) and would allow the state to get more bang for the buck by making it more attractive to participate without having to spend more money. Soon we will see how serious the General Assembly is about preserving rural life. Is it worth not socking farmers with capital gains taxes when they choose not to sell their land for market prices but take a much lower payment to preserve it? What are your thoughts on these and other state bills?