— by ThinkProgress War Room | Mar 27, 2013
Recently, we discussed some of the terrible bills floating around out there in state legislatures. Here’s another look at some of the worst proposals, including a couple that were signed into law this week:
- NORTH DAKOTA: The state’s Republican governor signed a trifecta of terrible anti-abortion bills, which are likely to have the effect of banning abortion in the state. One bill unconstitutionally bans abortion after just six weeks, which is before many women even know they’re pregnant. An even more insidious bill takes up the anti-abortion movement’s favorite new tactic: drastic overregulation of abortion clinics to all but guarantee that they will have to close. These so-called TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws are also moving in North Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, and Virginia.
- KANSAS: A new bill will allow the state to quarantine HIV positive individuals, something Kansas actually banned back in 1988.
- INDIANA: An anti-abortion bill was going to mandate forced ultrasounds before a woman is provided with the abortion pill. Lawmakers explain that they are dropping the controversial provision in order to focus on their real goal: regulating abortion clinics out of existence.
- VIRGINIA: Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) signed a bill that will mandate that Virginians present photo identification when they vote, which will disproportionately impact young people, minorities, and the elderly.
- KENTUCKY: The legislature passed a so-called “religious freedom” bill that allows individuals to ignore laws based on the vague notion of “sincerely held religious beliefs,” opening the door to discrimination against LGBT people, among other problems. Gov. Steve Beshear (D) vetoed the bill, but unfortunately his veto was overridden yesterday.
- PENNSYLVANIA: Top Republicans in the state have yet to abandon a GOP plan to rig steal the White House by rigging the distribution of the state’s Electoral College votes. Republicans in Virginia, Florida, Wisconsin, and other states dropped the idea, but Pennsylvania Republicans are keeping it on the table.
- ARKANSAS: In addition to its race to the bottom on abortion, Arkansas is considering some highly regressive tax changes. As part of an effort meant to stimulate growth, an Arkansas legislative committee passed two tax cuts that will largely benefit the rich and then rejected one that would benefit the working poor. A recent study found that state-level tax cuts don’t promote job growth.
Another week, another set of terrible proposals moving out in state legislatures.
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Have you ever wondered why Congress takes (or don’t take) the actions they do? Are they taking the OPPOSITE action of what you want them to take? Well, one has to ask, “did you contact your Congressman (or woman)? Probably not! As you can see in PopVox’s graphic below, they’re hearing an earful from the vocally negative, yet those of us who should be advocating for change are deafeningly silent. Well hello … if you really want change, make your voice heard!
Top Bills being commented on during the Week: Jan. 18 – 24, 2013
Here’s a few links where you can find more information about these bills:
- HR 226#1 The Support Assault Firearms Elimination and Reduction for our Streets (SAFER STREETS) Act: To allow a credit against tax for surrendering to authorities certain assault weapons. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —
- Guns#2 Common Sense Legislation to End Gun Violence: Washington needs to pass gun laws that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and other prohibited purchasers and keep military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines off of our streets. (Sponsored campaign* by Mayors Against Illegal Guns)
- HR 227#3 The Buyback Our Safety Act: To establish a gun buyback grant program.
- HR 238#4 The Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act: To restrict the ability of a person whose Federal license to import, manufacture, or deal in firearms has been revoked, whose application to renew such a license has been denied, or who has received a license revocation or renewal denial notice, to transfer business inventory firearms. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —
- HR 138#5 The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act: To prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices.
- HR 142#6 The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act: To require face to face purchases of ammunition, to require licensing of ammunition dealers, and to require reporting regarding bulk purchases of ammunition.
- HR 133#7 The Citizens Protection Act: To repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and amendments to that Act.
- HR 236#8 The Crackdown on Deadbeat Gun Dealers Act: To ensure greater accountability by licensed firearms dealers. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —
- Guns#9 New Version of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is working on a new version of the federal Assault Weapons Ban, a law she helped write in 1994 and has been trying to revive since it expired in 2004. The legislation, which will be introduced in 2013, proposes a ban on assault weapons and large ammunition magazines, strips and drums that hold more than 10 rounds — but would grandfather in weapons and magazines purchased legally before the new law takes effect. (Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, will introduce this bill on Jan. 24, 2013)
- HR 321#10 The Firearm Safety and Public Health Research Act: To amend the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013 (Public Law 112-175) to permit research on firearms safety and gun violence. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —
- HR 117#11 The Handgun Licensing and Registration Act: To provide for the mandatory licensing and registration of handguns.
- HJRes 15#12 Resolution repealing the 22nd Amendment, removing Presidential term limits.
- Guns#13 Protecting law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. Congress needs to protect the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and oppose all legislation that would penalize law-abiding citizens by banning guns, ammunition, or magazines. (Sponsored campaign* by Firearms Policy Coalition)
- HR 21#14 The NRA Members’ Gun Safety Act: To provide for greater safety in the use of firearms.
- HR 34#15 The Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act: To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms.
- HR 141#16 The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act: To require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at gun shows.
- S 35#17 The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act: A bill to require face to face purchases of ammunition, to require licensing of ammunition dealers, and to require reporting regarding bulk purchases of ammunition. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —
- HRes 35#18 Resolution expressing no confidence in the Attorney General of the United States and calling for his immediate resignation. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —
- S 33#19 The High Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act: A bill to prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —
- HR 65#20 The Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act: To prevent children’s access to firearms.