Best Loony Bill Sponsored by Republican State Representative Steve Smith?
As we outlined yesterday, Republican state Representative Steve Smith is sponsoring some legislation that makes no damn sense to the rational mind.
For one, consider his sponsorship of a law that only allows public-school children to avoid reciting the pledge of allegiance if they have consent from their parents.
Another could force a check for six figures to be made out to ousted Senate President Russell Pearce, signed by John Q. Taxpayer.
Below, we'll reprint our list of mentally absent legislation sponsored by Smith.
Then, cast your vote for which bill you think is the best (least-worst) -- like the one you'd vote for if you had a gun to your head, or something.
- HB 2282: The first bone to Russell Pearce
- HB 2290: A check to Russell Pearce from the taxpayers
- HB2283: Foreign languages may not be printed on government paper
- HB 2284: Mandatory Pledge of Allegiance
- HB 2291: Enforcing federal gun laws is illegal
- HB 2993: Turn hospital workers into immigration agents
- HB 2467: High school loyalty oath
Contrary to the Arizona Constitution, this bill would create a primary election in the case of a recall election. This bill, which Smith also proposed last year, was a response to Pearce losing the recall election in Legislative District 18, as all of the district's voters got to choose between Pearce and a fellow Republican.
For the second time, Smith is trying to get "reimbursement" for Pearce for his recall-campaign expenses, which was around $260,000 for Pearce. This one isn't exactly for future losers, either, as this proposal "applies retroactively to expenses incurred for a recall election held in November, 2011." That's Pearce, obviously.
This one proposes that any state government "publication, document, or material, other than voting material" in a language other than English may "only" be posted on the Internet. One copy may be printed out by that agency, and kept in its office.
Under current Arizona law, there must be time set aside every day for public school students from elementary school to high school to pledge their allegiance to the flag of the United States of America -- "for those students who wish." As we've pointed in recent days, Smith and other legislators are proposing that students need permission from their parents to stop doing saying the pledge, and taking the "students who wish" part off the books.
This bit of total genius calls for a felony conviction and possible prison time for any federal "official, agent, or employee" to "enforce or attempt to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government" related to guns in Arizona. Additionally, the bill proposes that some new federal gun regulations are "unenforceable" in Arizona.
Under this bill, if anyone receiving medical treatment at a hospital can't provide their health insurance information, someone at the hospital "must reasonably confirm" that the person's in the United States legally. If not, immigration authorities must be called "immediately."
Under this bill, high school students in Arizona would not be allowed to graduate until taking an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution.
Cast your vote below:
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Phoenix New Times' biggest stories.
- Struggling Phoenix Workers Demand $15 Minimum Wage
Wed., Oct. 14, 3:00pm
Thu., Oct. 15, 7:00pm
Thu., Oct. 15, 7:00pm
Sat., Oct. 17, 7:00pm
- Shooting at Northern Arizona University: 1 Dead, 3 Wounded, Shooter in Custody
- Arizona Medical-Marijuana Lawsuit Ruling Exposes Ugly Side of Business