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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

UPDATE: Guns and fetuses and vote suppression

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Wednesday is typically a light day at the Capitol, but there are a few odds and ends of note:

* VOTE SUPPRESSION: The Republican Party bill to require photo ID at the polls as a means of depressing Democratic turnout is up for a vote today in the Senate. It will pass the Republican-controlled chamber. An effort to amend it awaits in the House. During Senate debate, David Goins reports, Sen. Linda Chesterfield called Bryan King's bill a "backdoor poll tax." No matter. It passed 23-12. Democrats Bruce Maloch and Larry Teague voted for the bill. Democrats are saying that a Republican senator confirmed the obvious on the floor — this bill will help elect Republicans. No video of the Senate, unfortunately. Anybody have a Flipcam?

* GUNS: The bill to allow guns on college campuses (for staff, subject to governing board approval), already passed in the House, came out of a Senate committee this morning.

* RICH BOYS' TOYS: Rep. Prissy Hickerson's bill is headed to a final vote in the Senate. It would eliminate the part of the law that allows cities to restrict operation of golf courts on city streets to the path between homes and golf courses. Why should golf cart transport be limited to the country club environs? Now those prepster hooligans in the Heights can range much farther afield with impunity (already effectively enjoyed).

* COMING ATTRACTIONS — FETUSES, FETUSES AND MORE FETUSES: The House agenda for Thursday includes votes on two bills unconstitutional under federal court precedent because they'd ban many abortions before viability of the fetus — Rep. Andy Mayberry at 20 weeks, Sen. Jason Rapert at 12. Each is bad in its own special way. Mayberry's because it would keep a few dozen women with dreadful medical dilemmas from pursuing all medical options. Rapert's because of its full-frontal deprivation of the rights of women to make a decision three months before any hope of viability. A third bill allows pregnant women to shoot anyone they think is threatening their fetus. It's a castle doctrine bill. No retreat is necessary. Fire when ready, ladies. Dead men tell no tales.

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