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Re: “Supreme Court again delays ruling on Arkansas gay-parent birth certificate case

Max, it seems to me you're oversimplifying how the Supreme Court operates. At this phase, they're still deciding whether or not to even accept the appeal; it's not likely to be an actual "ruling" just yet. Even if they accept it (not certain), it will be months -- possibly up to a year, maybe more (unlikely) -- before there's a final ruling.

Posted by RBBrittain on 06/12/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “UT-Fayetteville? Woo.

When I was on The Hill (in the latter years of the SWC), the buzzphrase of the day was "Beat the rush, hate Texas early". My, how times have changed...

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Posted by RBBrittain on 05/01/2017 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Hospitality, restaurant groups oppose bathroom bill

Though SB774 has been delayed, the so-called "bathroom bill lite" -- HB1986, which would redefine indecent exposure in a way that would be harmful to trans people -- sneaked out of committee today and will go before the full House tomorrow. Please call your representatives to vote NO!!!

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Posted by RBBrittain on 03/16/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Collins-Smith pulls down bathroom bill in Senate committee

One more issue with those of us who have amended birth certificates: In Arkansas, if your birth certificate is amended the original is sealed in Health Department records and CANNOT be released without a court order. Does that mean we can't use EITHER bathroom because our original birth certificates are not available??? (Edit: Nothing in the bill to ban changing gender on birth certificates would undo existing amended certificates.)

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Posted by RBBrittain on 03/16/2017 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Collins-Smith pulls down bathroom bill in Senate committee

Sen. Collins-Smith tried to tell Michael Marion her bill wouldn't apply to Verizon Arena because it excludes private facilities. WRONG! As Marion pointed out, Verizon was built with taxpayer money; though it receives no other taxpayer support, it is run by a Pulaski County public facilities board. It is a PUBLIC facility that would be subject to SB774. (It's unclear how it would apply to Barton Coliseum or the State Fairgrounds; they are operated by a private non-profit entity, but on state-owned land. She conceded it applies to Little Rock's tax-supported convention facilities, including Robinson Center.) All the events Marion cited as avoiding North Carolina will avoid Arkansas if this passes.

She also kept claiming SB774 was different from North Carolina's HB2; but that's only in ways that are either irrelevant to the bathroom debate or make SB774 even worse. HB2, like SB774, applies only to publicly-owned facilities. HB2 also contained what she called "intrastate commerce" provisions, but we already have a so-called "Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act". OTOH, HB2 allows transgender people with amended birth certificates (like myself) to use the restroom of their new gender; SB774 does NOT!!!

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Posted by RBBrittain on 03/15/2017 at 11:56 PM

Re: “And the hits just keep on coming: Guns, 'luxury' food and political payback

I've long thought of Daisy Bates & Orval Faubus for Statuary Hall -- but only if facing each other, with Bates on a higher pedestal so she could look Faubus in the eye. ;)

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Posted by RBBrittain on 03/07/2017 at 12:52 AM

Re: “Bathroom bill filed in shell form

Sen. Stubblefield has already confirmed to the DOG that "it'll require people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate."

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Posted by RBBrittain on 02/14/2017 at 7:29 PM

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