In December of 2006 I wrote this on Richmond Sunlight:
These are all of the bills proposed for 2008. Some of these bills will pass, becoming a part of Virginia law, but the overwhelming majority will not make it. It’s kind of like sea turtles hatchlings: out of dozens and dozens of eggs, only a few make it safely past the seagulls to the water, and of those just one is likely to grow to adulthood.
That being the world’s only known sea turtle / lawmaking analogy.
And in this week’s C-Ville Weekly, in an article about Del. Rob Bell, this passage appears:
Bell compares his bills to baby sea turtles hatching on the beach. Seagulls get some and dogs others and predators in the sea many of the rest. Only a few swim away to become laws.
This may be my only lasting contribution to the Virginia legislative process. It’ll certainly be my best.