Why Did Joe May Vote against the Lyme Bill?

Lyme disease is running rampant in Joe May’s district.  Lyme disease has been declared an epidemic in Loudoun county.  More here, here, and here.  Western Loudoun, Joe May’s district, is the epicenter of the Lyme disease epidemic.

Recognizing how important this epidemic is, Delegate Barbara Comstock has worked for the last three years to pass a bill in the General Assembly that would provide information to every patient who has tested positive for Lyme Disease.  HB1933 states “Lyme disease; disclosure of information to patients. Requires physicians to provide to each patient for whom a test for the presence of Lyme disease is ordered a written notice about Lyme disease, about testing for Lyme disease, and about the need for the patient to contact his physician with questions or concerns about Lyme disease. The bill also provides that licensees are immune from civil liability for providing such notice absent gross negligence or willful misconduct. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2018.”

Of course all of our delegates in Loudoun quickly became co-sponsors of this bill. It was a no brainer for delegates from Loudoun.   Except for ONE Loudoun delegate who did not sponsor the bill.  Please note who failed to sponsor this bill, Joe May.  His is the Loudoun delegate who’s name is missing from this list.  This bill was more important for people in Joe May’s district than all the other districts and he did not help to sponsor it or promote it.


Not only did Joe May fail to sponsor this bill, he voted against it!  

Vote on House bill 1933:

>>>YEAS–Albo, Anderson, Bulova, Byron, Cline, Cole, Comstock, Cosgrove, Cox, J.A., Crockett-Stark, Dudenhefer, Edmunds, Filler-Corn, Gilbert, Greason, Helsel, Herring, Hester, Howell, A.T., Hugo, Iaquinto, Ingram, James, Johnson, Keam, Knight, Kory, Krupicka, LeMunyon, Lingamfelter, Lopez, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., McQuinn, Merricks, Miller, Minchew, Morrissey, O’Quinn, Plum, Pogge, Poindexter, Ramadan, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Rust, Surovell, Tata, Torian, Villanueva, Watson, Webert, Wright, Yancey, Yost–56.

NAYS–BaCote, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Brink, Carr, Cox, M.K., Farrell, Garrett, Habeeb, Head, Hodges, Hope, Joannou, Kilgore, Landes, Lewis, Loupassi, Massie, May, McClellan, Morefield, Morris, O’Bannon, Orrock, Peace, Purkey, Putney, Scott, E.T., Scott, J.M., Sherwood, Sickles, Spruill, Stolle, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Ware, O., Ware, R.L., Watts, Wilt–40.<<<<

Why would Joe May refuse to sponsor this bill, and worse, vote against it?   When Joe was asked that question by the Loudoun Times he said “On the final vote on Comstock’s bill, I mis-voted and did not get my gray slip in to change how the vote was recorded. My intention was to vote yes.”  Oh really?  He was confused by the three buttons on his desk and he pushed the wrong one?  After 20 years in office?  (Too bad he couldn’t have pushed the wrong button when it came to the huge tax increase he supported!)   And he didn’t bother to get the gray slip in during the grace period to change his vote?  He forgot to change his vote?  Is he really that incompetent?  Or is he lying?  Or did he just not care about how Lyme disease is effecting people in his district?

Recently in the mail I received this flyer in support of Joe May.

Hospital and health care flyer


This flyer was paid for by a group called Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association.  This group opposed the Lyme disease bill.  Hospitals don’t want patients to be informed about Lyme disease.  It could cost them money if patients want more testing and more treatment.  This group and several other medical associations wrote to Governor McDonnell and asked that he not sign the Lyme bill into Law.  This group’s efforts and letters against the Lyme disease bill can be found here.

Why did Joe May vote against this bill, against the interests of the people in his district?  Why did he vote against people in his district getting the information they need when diagnosed with this awful disease?   Perhaps the answer can be found in the $17,546 that the Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association has donated to Joe May.   (Perhaps the free mailers also influenced May’s vote.  May supported them with his vote against the Lyme bill and they’re returning the favor by helping to re-elect Joe May.  Nice tit for tat with only the people of the 33rd losing.)  You can see that donation here, along with other donations from the health care industry to Joe May.   Joe May voted against this very important bill because he was protecting his donors, the health care industry!  Hospitals, and their money, are more important to Joe May than the people in his district whose lives have been devastated by Lyme Disease!

His opponent, Dave LaRock, is very concerned about Lyme disease.  Below are a few words from Dave, thanking runners for coming to a 5K run to raise money for Lyme disease.  Dave cares about the voters in the 33rd district, and he cares very much about Lyme disease is effecting people in the district.  He will not put campaign donations above the health of people in the district.  Dave won’t let us down on Lyme disease like Joe May has.

LaRock on Lyme

More information on Dave LaRock and how he wants to help us with Lyme disease in Loudoun can be found here.  



2 thoughts on “Why Did Joe May Vote against the Lyme Bill?

  1. Joe May, brought to you by the “Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association.” Did anyone at LTM believe this lame excuse? Did anyone at the LTM bother to dig into this story?

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