Martha Boneta has endorsed Delegate Rob Bell for Attorney General.
Ms. Boneta is a farmer and the inspiration for the ‘Boneta Bill.’ This bill, HB1430, sought to strengthen private property rights and was introduced by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter.
Expands the definition of agricultural operations to include the commerce of farm-to-business and farm-to-consumer sales as well as commerce in other related items. The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that an agricultural operation is in compliance with local zoning ordinances when it operates on property that is zoned agricultural. The bill contains a clause providing that the provisions of the bill shall not become effective unless reenacted by the 2014 Session of the General Assembly.
At a January press conference, Ms. Boneta described the ‘Boneta Bill’ which earned:
…national attention last year for being threatened with fines for hosting a birthday party at her farm for eight 10-year-old-girls without a permit. She ended up paying $500 to appeal these charges brought by a testy bureaucrat with an agenda, who actually said on record that Martha was “out of line” for appealing. And bureaucrats wonder why people despise them.
As outrageous as that was, it’s merely the tip of the iceberg. Martha’s quaint farm store that was open just seven hours per week has been shut down even though she had a business license. The reason? She sold produce, organic tea from herbs in her garden, wool fiber from her rescued sheep and alpacas, postcards with pictures of goats from her farm, necklaces with feathers made from her rescued emus, and homemade pies. Maybe it was the prayers that she and college interns said over the crops and animals that offended the bureaucrat.