State Senate Bills I Find Interesting (SB165 – SB180)

Conclusions:

SB165: SUPPORT
SB166: OPPOSE
SB167: OPPOSE
SB168: OPPOSE
SB169: OPPOSE
SB170: OPPOSE
SB171: OPPOSE
SB172: OPPOSE
SB173: SUPPORT
SB174: SUPPORT
SB175: OPPOSE
SB176: OPPOSE
SB177: TBD
SB178: SUPPORT
SB179: OPPOSE
SB180: OPPOSE

SB165 would allow the State to notify the IRS of any Medicaid/SCHIP (PeachCare) applications whose income is above the limits. First, let me note that government should not be involved in these areas in the first place. Second, I will note that personal privacy is a natural right, even in this modern age. With those caveats noted, I will SUPPORT this bill on the grounds that it at least exposes those who would defraud the system so long as strict safeguards are in place in the form of department policies with respect to privacy of personal data.

SB165: SUPPORT

SB166 would limit any lease of any lot on Jekyll Island to amounts consistent with fair market rates of comparable properties in Glynn County. I OPPOSE this measure due to its limitations on private contract.

SB166: OPPOSE

SB167 would exempt public schools from motor fuel excise taxes. I OPPOSE this measure on the grounds that taxes should be equally paid by all and that no exceptions should be granted.

SB167: OPPOSE

SB168 would allow people running for county offices to not have to file an notarized affidavit certifying that their e-filings of campaign contribution disclosure reports were accurate. Because it allows certain officials to get away with what amounts to lying about campaign contributions, I must OPPOSE this measure.

SB168: OPPOSE

SB169 is the knee-jerk reaction to the octuplet birth in California. This bill even includes a condition that has never been documented to exist – human parthenogenesis. Parthenogenesis is basically ‘spontaneous creation’, ie how Jesus Christ’s human form was created. Furthermore, this bill basically prohibits in vitro fertilization when using genetic material that is not from the prospective birth parents. This means that one main option for couples suffering from infertility would be banned in this state. This bill is wrong on so many levels that it would probably take a book to describe and adequately oppose in strong enough terms. But for purposes of this discussion, I will OPPOSE on the grounds that government has no right intervening in the reproductive decisions of adults except to save a third (the baby’s) life.

SB169: OPPOSE

SB170 would ban businesses from having business operations in Sudan. I must OPPOSE this measure both on the grounds that it further inhibits private businesses from deciding themselves how to operate AND that it is the national government’s – not the State’s – job to make foreign policy decisions.

SB170: OPPOSE

SB171 this one is even more complex than SB170, but it deals with the same general subject of limiting business operations of private businesses with Sudan. I must OPPOSE this measure for the same reasons I OPPOSEd SB70. Namely, these are that this measure would further infringe upon a business’ right do conduct business as it sees fit, and that it is the national government’s – not the State’s – job to conduct foreign policy.

SB171: OPPOSE

SB172 would criminalize acts which cause serious emotional or mental trauma and allow victims of such trauma to receive restitution so long as the traumatizing act is reported to the appropriate authorities within 72 hours. I OPPOSE this measure on the grounds that mental/emotional trauma has no physical features and as such is subject to interpretation. Therefore the measure would codify a standards which have no possibility of being applied equally to every person, and I must OPPOSE it.

SB172: OPPOSE

SB173 would allow members of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to receive a per diem + mileage for each day of actual attendance at council meetings as well as allow the Council to recieve gifts, grants, and other donations. Because this bill further restricts when council members shall be paid and because it allows this Council to receive donations, I SUPPORT this measure due to its potential to limit spending.

SB173: SUPPORT

SB174 is a more limited version of SB151. This bill leaves out the admissibility clauses that SB151 adds and does not touch on code section 42-9-43 as SB151 does, but otherwise the language regarding the court being required to allow victims to speak during the sentencing phase is exactly the same in both bills. Interestingly, Sen. Hamrick was the secondary sponsor of SB151 and is the primary sponsor of this bill. Because the bills are so similar, I will SUPPORT this bill for the same reason I SUPPORT SB151, and that is that it allows justice to be served more effectively.

SB174: SUPPORT

SB175 would ban the death penalty in Georgia. This is where I’m going to piss off some Libertarians in addition to most Democrats, but I OPPOSE this measure on the grounds that some crimes require the ultimate penalty, and to take that ultimate penalty off the table for any reason – no matter how well intentioned – is unconscionable.

SB175: OPPOSE

SB176 would require the General Assembly to fully fund any actuarially accrued liabilities in retirement accounts generated as a result of any new law. Because it takes responsibility for retirement accounts away from the account holders and places it in the hands of government, I must OPPOSE this measure.

SB176: OPPOSE

SB177 for some reason does not exist online as of 6pm on Friday, Feb 20, 2009.

SB177: TBD

SB178 would set a sunset date of June 30, 2011 on many provisions of 20-2-6(10). It would set the same sunset on 20-2-260(j) and 20-2-262 and would repeal sections of three other Acts of the General Assembly in their entirety. Because it removes government regulation, I SUPPORT this measure.

SB178: SUPPORT

SB179 would add burn trauma physician practices to the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission’s funding priorities. Because this is further government intervention in health care, which is an area government needs to end its involvement, I must OPPOSE this measure.

SB179: OPPOSE

SB180 would allow the issuance of a temporary limited driving permit to people convicted of a second offense of DUI provided that an ignition interlock device is installed on all vehicles that will be operated by this person, that this person has already had his license suspended for 120 days for this offense, and that this person participate for at least 120 more days in a DHR approved multiple offender program. I OPPOSE this measure on the grounds that it perpetuates the EPIC FAILed Drug War.

SB180: OPPOSE

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  1. […] SB165: SUPPORT SB166: OPPOSE SB167: OPPOSE SB168: OPPOSE SB169: OPPOSE SB170: OPPOSE SB171: OPPOSE SB172: OPPOSE SB173: SUPPORT SB174: SUPPORT SB175: OPPOSE SB176: OPPOSE SB177: TBD SB178: SUPPORT SB179: OPPOSE SB180: OPPOSE SB165 would allow the State to notify the IRS of any Medicaid/SCHIP (PeachCare) applications whose income is above the limits. First, let me note that government should not be involved in these areas in the first place. Second, I will note that personal privacy is a natural right, even in this modern age. With those caveats noted, I will SUPPORT this bill on the grounds that it at least exposes those who would defraud the system so long as strict safeguards are in place in the form of department policies with respect to privacy of personal data. […]

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