New to the art form? This Wall Street Journal article will get you orientated. Also, for more information on how some of these titles mislead lawmakers and the citizenry, find some academic commentary from Brian Christopher Jones here:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

OK Piers Morgan Act

Oklahoma State Senator Nathan Dahm (R.) has introduced what is known as the Piers Morgan Act, or the Piers Morgan Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms Without Infringement Act (also known, as Senate Bill 1473). Apparently Senator Dahm believes that gun control advocate Mr. Morgan is so despised in OK that naming the bill after him may in fact lead to its passage. 

According to the Washington Times, the bill would "allow adult citizens to openly carry without a license." In fact, during a press release, the Senator noted: 
"The Second Amendment says the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and yet when we require our citizens to jump through hoops, pay fees and undergo a process that presumes they're guilty of something until proven otherwise, their rights are being infringed upon ... Senate Bill 1473 simply says Oklahomans can carry firearms in all the places currently allowed by law, but they will no longer be required to obtain a license to do so."

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


In June of 2013 Rep. Gardner (R., CO) introduced the H.R.2279 - Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2013, or the REDO Act. The House is now debating the measure and will vote on it in the coming days. According to a press release on the legislation, the bill does the following: 
Under the Solid Waste Disposal Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) there are two unnecessary deadlines that would be eliminated by Gardner’s bill, H.R. 2279. The bill also allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and revise Solid Waste Disposal Act regulations as appropriate instead of every three years as current law requires. The EPA will also be prohibited from imposing overlapping regulations on states where sufficient levels of protection for solid waste disposal already exist.  
The Obama Administration, however, opposes the legislation, and has threatened a veto. They note that: 
H.R. 2279 would unnecessarily increase the potential for litigation between the Federal government and the States, negatively impacting the timeliness and number of cleanups. Specifically, the bill would expand the waiver of sovereign immunity to all current or former Federal facilities as well as those listed on the National Priorities List, and would require Federal agencies to comply with State-imposed remediation requirements irrespective of land use plans, site ownership, or national funding prioritizations. It also would allow a State to seek injunctive relief, civil penalties, and the imposition of sanctions for "enforcement of any injunctive relief" against the United States. The Administration already works closely with the States to ensure that remedial goals for the protection of public health are met and that the States' preferences and requirements are taken into account.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

SAVE[ing] the Military?

Rep. Andy Bar (R., KY) has introduced the Military SAVE (Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment) Act, which would amend titles 10 and 38 of the United States Code "improve the treatment of members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are victims of military sexual assault."

Sexual assaults in the military have surged within the past year: one AP report noted a 50% increase over the past year. While President Obama recently singed the National Defense Authorization Act, which encourages victims to report sexual assault, the law did not "include a provision that would have stripped commanders of the power to oversee the prosecutions."