With the news that Republican state Representative Steve Smith is again trying to get the public to cut a quarter-million-dollar check to ousted Senate President Russell Pearce, we took a look at all the bills Smith's sponsoring this session.
To describe the list of Smith-sponsored bills in one word: nutso.
-Russell Pearce's Pet Cockroach Steve Smith Tries to Give Pearce Your Money, Again
Regardless of anyone's political party -- unless the loony ward at the Arizona State Hospital has a recognized political party -- it's pretty clear that Smith's wasting the time and sanity of the public and his fellow legislators.
Below, find some of the more-objectionable content that Smith's sponsoring. Many of them are also sponsored by a few other legislators, so when you're done getting through the list (and if you pray to some sort of god), say a prayer for the future of humanity.
- 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 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.
If you've noticed anything that's just downright insane from Smith's repertoire this session, let us know and we'll add it to the list.