• This Week's Top Five Hot State Legislative Actions

    Florida State HouseFederalism is among America' s most fundamental practices. Unfortunately, when someone says "leave it to the states," it means we have to leave it to these states…

    1. A New Hampshire bill that would have required all new legislation addressing individual rights to quote its authority from the Magna Carta was killed in committee by an 11-1 vote, leaving residents bereft of regulatory reforms based on dictates such as, "If a man dies owing money to Jews, his wife may have her dower and pay nothing towards the debt from it." Should have gone with the Code of Hammurabi or just mandate that all legislation be drafted using only the letters R-O-N-A-L-D R-E-A-G-A-N.

    2. Creeping Sharia, which also happens to be the name of my favorite garden vine, is crawling into South Dakota where the state Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-2 against a bill to regulate the use of foreign law in South Dakota courts.

    3. The Virginia legislature is set to repeal a 19-year-old state law that forced residents into dangerous, illicit, back-alley gun purchases by preventing residents from purchasing more than one handgun a month. They also defended the 2nd Amendment right to carelessly leave guns in any damn place

    This week, the Senate passed a bill prohibiting localities from requiring that people seeking concealed handgun permits submit fingerprints as part of their applications. The House passed a bill allowing government employees to store guns and ammunition in personal cars parked in workplace lots, including those at child-care centers and parks.

    4. Marriage equality is coming to Washington State, where the state Senate approved same-sex marriage on a 28-21 vote and approval is expected in the House shortly. Which means a repeal referendum orchestrated by NOM (National organization for Open Marriage, given their support for Gingrich) is also coming. Pro-equality groups are enthusiastic about winning the eventual referendum, since a group of people powerful enough to destroy the institution of marriage, the military and the family by merely existing should be strong enough to win a vote in a state where 55% of residents support gay marriage.

    5. The Florida state Senate approved a school prayer bill by a 31-8 vote, presumably allowing students to publicly pray for a quick conclusion to their Florida public school education.

    Tags: Education, Florida, Guns, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, New Hampshire, Religion, South Dakota, State Legislature, States' Rights, Virginia, Washington


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