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02.10.10 SB 1008 MOVES BACK TO COMMITTEE. NO ONE STILL UNDERSTANDS IT.

SB 1008 GOES BACK TO COMMITTEE

Senate Bill 1008 was returned to the Judiciary Committee today after a floor session that proved, once again, that no one understands it, least of all the person who is pushing it, Senator Floyd Prozanski. But there was plenty of confusion to go around.  (The one really bright note was Senator Jeff Kruse pointedly stating that the bill should not even be on the floor. He is to be commended for “getting it.”)

If you listen to the floor debate, (and we can’t really recommend that) it’s clear neither side of the aisle understands this bill, or the bill it is attempting to overturn.

Senator Prozanski, in his floor speech, repeatedly mischaracterized both the old law, and the corrections made in SB 603 in 2009. Frankly, after a year of explaining the law to him, we are just about  done with those efforts.

At this point the reason for the return to committee revolves around language in the bill dealing with transport of firearms on motorcycles, ATV’s and snowmobiles. One thing is certain, based on the history  of this tortured bill and the astonishing lack of understanding by the people who are debating it, any changes made when it goes back to Senate Judiciary will almost certainly make it worse.

We are pleased that at very least there was recognition of how bad this bill is, and suggest you continue to contact your State Senators and ask them to oppose SB 1008 should it get out of committee again.

You can use this link to contact your legislators.

A sample message follows:

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Dear Senator,

It’s clear based on floor discussion of SB 1008, that there remains considerable confusion of what it does, and what the bill it reverses did.

I strongly urge you not to support any legislation in this short special session that has created so much misunderstanding. These matters are far better left to the full session.

Yours,

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