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  •  Here's the link to progress on HB 937 (9+ / 0-)

    Look at what they let the public know has happened to it in the past month: NOTHING. Legislators refused to even hear any of the 12 proposed amendments that would have made the bill somewhat more sensible. All of the dealings on this bill have happened outside of the scope of public transparency and accountability -- even outside the scope of the Democratic side of the legislative aisle.

    Then suddenly they change entire sections to do away with permits entirely and allow guns on K-12 campuses as well as virtually any state property or property leased by the state??? How ... what ... who?

    •  Thanks for the info (5+ / 0-)

      I linked it up in an update.  Hard to tell initially which bill this was--there's been so much crazy on guns coming out of the legislature I couldn't find the right one.

      •  Thank you for updating to make it easier to call (4+ / 0-)

        and visit and write state legislators to oppose this bill.

        I can no longer go into the General Assembly or Legislative Office Building without specific scheduled meetings with legislators and someone to escort me from the reception area to and from their offices. Not until my civil disobedience arrest case is fully adjudicated in August. But the sponsors of HB 937 are particularly averse to scheduling meetings with constituents about the bill.

        Visiting with legislators is the best way to reach them, because they will be handed your letter and/or supplemental documentation about the bills and also receive a detailed report from their staff about visitors to the legislative office each day. This is much better than a simple tally mark on a notebook page about how many people called about which issue.

        So if you have a chance, go visit the bill's sponsors and supporters and talk with them about HB 937 --- and any other specific bills you take issue with.

    •  When I read stories like this I always (6+ / 0-)

      think to myself 'let the crazy bastards do it. They deserve what will come down the pike.'

      Then I read comments from people like you and kick myself in the ass for being as myopic as the idiots who put forth these ideas. It's just a shame that more people don't look at the big picture and just reflexively continue to elect these morons. They deserve what they get but unfortunately people like you get caught in the cross fire.

      Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

      by Mike S on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 03:55:33 PM PDT

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      •  I know, it's like trying to drink from a fire hose (6+ / 0-)

        But we are called to personal action by at least one of these nearly 2,000 bills. And if each one of us will make a noise about that one bill that irks you so much you can't sit still, then we are at least taking an action of conscience.

        I know, I know ... this is incredibly frustrating and disappointing and seemingly hopeless. HOWEVER, we know that our work killed one bill this session: The so-called "Healthy Marriage" Act, which would have imposed a two-year wait period with mandatory marital counseling to be paid by couples filing for divorce.

        Awareness about the bill, research into the individual lobbyist who actually wrote the text for the bill, and getting local law-enforcement agencies to contact the bill's author to lodge concerns about the connection between domestic violence and the period around a separation/divorce actually caused the bill's sponsor, Sen. Austin Allran, to let the bill die before the May 16 crossover date for approved Senate bills to cross to the House and approved House bills to cross to the Senate.

        Yes, I know -- it's just one bill. But maybe, just maybe, we can win more than one bill.

        And maybe it will be this bill.

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