Come Saturday Morning: Adventures in Lawmaking
Bill Candidate #1: Minnesota’s HF 419, drafted (or rather, copied from ALEC’s Cliff’s Notes for Crappy Legislation in the fine tradition of Mary Kiffmeyer) by state representative Steve Drazkowski and co-sponsored by 18 other Republican state legislators. This bill, which is similar to legislation pushed in 17 other states, would make it so that “… no new federal firearms law shall be enforceable within the borders of the state of Minnesota.”
As the Winona, Minnesota Daily News editor Jerome Christenson writes:
What part of the Constitution of the United States doesn’t Rep. Steve Drazkowski understand?
Well, considering the bill he introduced last week, he hasn’t figured out this part:
“This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land.”
That’s Article VI, Steve, if you want to look it up.
Naughty Jerome Christenson, bringing facts which are not in dispute into the conversation! Come not between the dipshit and his bill!
Bill Candidate #2: HB 291, introduced in the Missouri state legislature and apparently just the latest reworking of several previous bills, is an effort to get creationism (aka “intelligent design”) taught as science in Missouri’s public schools, by the simple expedient of claiming that “science” is whatever the lawmakers claim it is. This is too stupid even for the Missouri state lege, which is why this bill is expected to join its predecessors in ignominous failure.
Pick yer poison, folks!