So today was day one of testimony for SB88 Strict Liability in the senate. We provided two panels in support of the bill. To show you what we are up against sometimes here are two questions/comments from senators. One senator asked why are we dancing around the issue. I have a farm in VA she said and they bait all the time down there. Why don't we just say everyone can bait. She caught us so off guard, the attorney on our panel was not clear what she was asking. I finally figured out she probably saw VA baiting for deer and assumed it should be comparable to bait geese in MD. I explained the moratorium and the fact we need to keep a certain breeding stock to keep the resource viable and she seemed content with the answer. But man she was pretty sure baiting would be the answer. Another senator took the time to comment on the one person in testimony who was against the bill. He said he was just one citizen against an army of NRA, guides, and attorneys. The senator told him people like him were who they need to hear from and their side was equally as important as the army before him. She continued saying how well spoken he was in his argument. Ok that vote went to the other side! All in all the testimony was given and it is always hard to read those in attendance. Some senators left in the middle of testimony and did not return. As much as I hate the machine and the process I will give Senator Astle a plug here. After testimony Senator Astle was asked if the committee chair needed any bills put through would Senator Astle maybe vote for her bill to get ours through. He said NO I don't work like that. It has to pass on its own merit. I was pretty happy to hear that from the Senator. Now on to the House tomorrow for another round of testimony before another committee.