If you have any inkling that this legislative session is going to be all about the budget, or how much more we can gut from services and education, think again. Here are some advance highlights of ways in which our most flagrant ideologues and legislative visionaries plan to lead Utah into the (tea-party) future:
There's a World Outside of Utah?! I Live On an Island of Obtuse! Gun Bill (via Bob Aagard):
A personal firearm, a firearm action or receiver, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in the state to be used or sold within the state is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.Oh Margaret. Isn't there an education program somewhere you could be hatin' on instead?
A Utah legislator, Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, said he backs Shurtleff's position. Wimmer is sponsoring a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would require Utah to opt out of any federally mandated health care reform.Well, except for the state's auto insurance mandate, Carl, but who's paying attention. And yes, yes, if you don't like the auto insurance mandate, you can just not own a car. Unfortunately, people can't just decide to not get sick, in the real world at least. Not that we assume you're living there, of course. Poor in Utah? Get ready to be Patrick Henried. The
"Health care reform should be conducted at the state level," Wimmer said, "and not be forced upon us by the people in Washington, D.C."
In May, Wimmer organized Utah's branch of the conservative Patrick Henry Caucus, which boasts close to 40 of the state's 104 lawmakers on its membership rolls.
Wimmer also has a backup bill, should the first not prove wingnutty enough.
I'm sure this is just the tip of the iceberg -- as Noel and Stephenson have yet to reveal much of what they've got for us -- but it's enough to prove reckless anti-tax pledges and the gutting of higher education and services won't be the only party games played in the upcoming session. There's also the food tax, the possible (ssssh!) addressing of the Flat Tax that's done us so right so far, and of course (BIGGER SSSSH!) ethics.
All in all, it looks to be another documentary worthy