House Health and Human Services wisely killed House Bill 1076, the unconstitutional DiSanto/Olson proposal to drug test all welfare recipients. GOP mouthpiece Pat Powers offers a good summary of the sloppy arguments offered by proponents (30K+ people viewed my Facebook post, contended Rep. Lynne DiSanto, so HB 1076 must be good legislation!) and the solid arguments from state officials and health care providers offered in opposition—federal law prohibits, not cost-effective, etc. Bob Ellis summarizes the arguments in more detail and calls the Republicans who opposed this illegal bill RINOs.
Who are those RINOs? Here’s the roll call of the vote to send HB 1076 to the 41st day:
- Aye (voting to kill the bill): Republicans Conzet, Deutsch, Heinemann, Holmes, Munsterman, Sly, and Wollmann and Democrats McCleery and Soli.
- Nay (voting to keep the bill alive): Campbell, DiSanto, Greenfield, Haugaard.
While Bob exerts himself shouting futilely at those seven naysaying Republicans, how about the rest of us focus on recruiting sensible Democratic challengers in Districts 35 (DiSanto and Campbell), 2 (Greenfield), and 10 (Haugaard) who will point out the incumbents’ willingness to vote for unconstitutional, ineffective legislation to scapegoat and unjustly punish the poor?
Now, if you’d like a mandatory testing bill to support, try getting behind House Bill 1132, Rep. Peggy Gibson and Senator Angie Buhl O’Donnell’s new proposal to set a timeline for and require the testing of all rape kits. Funny: put Democratic women together, and you get good policy ideas that help protect the vulnerable among us.