13 March 2005
Worst bill of 2005
The session isn't over yet, but I can't imagine anyone coming up with anything more asinine than this. Witness HR 1746, by Dan Sullivan (R-Tulsa):
SECTION 1. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 3119 of Title 74, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
Any agency or governmental entity of this state that develops and implements a nondiscriminatory policy based on sexual preference shall be null and void.
SECTION 2. This act shall become effective November 1, 2005.
1) Sullivan didn't realize that the text as written calls for the outright abolition of any such "agency or governmental entity";
2) He did realize that.
Either way, it's the sort of thing that makes you wonder if Sullivan was always this stupid, or if he had to train for it. No wonder the Tulsa World has such dripping contempt for the electorate: they vote for people like Sullivan.
Matt Deatherage has much, much more. Incidentally, this thing passed the House in its original form 65-28; there being only 57 Republicans in the House, somehow at least eight Democrats got sucked, so to speak, into voting for it. What were they thinking?
(With thanks to Matthew.)Posted at 8:00 PM to Soonerland