Sunday, January 29, 2012

Must State Legislatures Be Weird?

The South Dakota legislature is off to a rocking start.  Representative Stace Nelson and the South Dakota Republican legislative leadership are auditioning for a reality TV series.  Bob Mercer has details here and here,  The effort to change the South Dakota flag has prompted some strong feeling.

These little distractions pale in comparison to legislation proposed in Oklahoma; the vanguard protecting America from Sharia Law may soon debate a bill with the following provision:
"No person or entity shall manufacture or knowingly sell food or any other product intended for human consumption which contains aborted human fetuses in the ingredients or which used aborted human fetuses in the research or development of any of the ingredients."
I guess I will have to check the label on my Campbell's Chunky soups more carefully. I had always thought Soylent Green was a metaphor.

Tod Kelly reports that this bill's prime sponsor, state legislator Ralph Shorty, has a few other ideas.  These ideas have the virtue at being at odds only with the Constitution not reality.
Bill that would deny US citizenship being recognized in the state for people born of illegal immigrants
Bill that would allow the police to confiscate the cars, houses and all other property of illegal immigrants
Bill that would require a presidential candidate to produce a Th“real” birth certificate in order to be placed on the OK ballot
Meanwhile, the Georgia legislature will debate protecting the public good by allowing hunters to use silencers on their rifles while hunting wild hogs.
In Georgia this week, the state Senate is considering a bill that would allow hunters to use silencers at the ends of their rifles or shotguns. The main objective: to help them quietly battle the scourge of wild hogs proliferating across the state's exurban fringe.
According to the Morris News Service, Senate Bill 301 was sponsored by Sen. John Bulloch, a Republican from the south Georgia town of Ochlocknee. Bulloch said sheriffs had asked him to introduce the bill to help cut down on noise complaints about all of the hunters currently blasting away at a feral hog population that Bulloch described as a "growing problem."

There's no word on other states following New Mexico's lead about returning Pluto's status as a planet.  Of course, one can only hope many legislatures will continue to debate the merits of various regional desserts.

[edited for grammar and completeness 1/29/22 1:53 pm]

No comments: