State Senate Bills I Find Interesting (SB197 – SB210)

Conclusions:

SB 197: SUPPORT
SB 198: OPPOSE
SB 199: SUPPORT
SB 200: OPPOSE
SB 201: SUPPORT
SB 202: OPPOSE
SB 203: OPPOSE
SB 204: SUPPORT
SB 205: OPPOSE
SB 206: SUPPORT
SB 207: SUPPORT
SB 208: SUPPORT
SB 209: OPPOSE
SB 210: SUPPORT

SB 197 would force a law enforcement officer seeking a no-knock warrant to establish probable cause that there would be ‘significant and imminent danger to human life or imminent danger of evidence being destroyed’. Because it enhances the requirements of due process, I SUPPORT this measure.

SB 197: SUPPORT

SB 198 is a tax increase, designed as a ‘user fee’. It allows ‘administrative fees’ to be collected to cover the ‘direct and indirect’ costs of required oversight of inspections as well as ‘activities of the director’. Notwithstanding the fact that EPA requirements are yet another government infringement on private decisions, this tax increase is a bad idea and I OPPOSE.

SB 198: OPPOSE

SB 199 allows probate and magistrate judges to skip required training for the 2009 calendar year. Because I tend to favor zero governmental education/training laws, I SUPPORT this measure due to its suspending of some of them, however temporarily.

SB 199: SUPPORT

SB 200 is the ‘Super DOT Agency’ legislation currently being pushed by the Leadership (from various sources, Governor Perdue, Lt Governor Cagle, and Speaker Richardson are all behind this bill). I checked print preview on Firefox regarding this bill, and my computer notes that it would print 130 pages on just this bill. Because it further politicizes transportation in this state, I must OPPOSE this bill.

SB 200: OPPOSE

SB 201 changes the voluntary contribution to breast, prostate, and ovarian cancer on your state income tax filings to any form of cancer. I hold that such contributions should be made by the individual without any government involvement, including government involvement of this form. That said, such is beyond the scope of this bill. Within the scope of this bill, at least more varieties of cancer research are being voluntarily supported, and because of this more inclusive nature, I can SUPPORT this bill.

SB 201: SUPPORT

SB 202 allows tax breaks for businesses involved in services for the elderly and persons with disabilities. I hold that every one, individual and business alike, should be held to the same taxing provisions, and therefore I OPPOSE this bill.

SB 202: OPPOSE

SB 203 would ban possession, transportation, farming, or selling of fresh water turtles. Because it infringes on individual liberty and furthers the Nanny State, I must OPPOSE this measure.

SB 203: OPPOSE

SB 204 provides a legal framework for embryo adoption. I will SUPPORT this measure on the grounds that it provides the framework for certain contracts which currently have no established framework and therefore no guidance to the courts in contract disputes.

SB 204: SUPPORT

SB 205 provides for a digital-based stamp on tobacco products. Honestly, do these Senators not know their history? Stamp taxes were one of the many issues that led to the Revolutionary War! Because of the onerous and ominous nature of the provisions of this bill, I must most strenuously OPPOSE.

SB 205: OPPOSE

SB 206 would require tax expenditure reviews be included the annual budget report. This would note all tax exceptions and how much tax money was lost in the previous year’s budget as well as how much is expected to be lost in the current year’s and next year’s. Because it enhances transparency in government and gives the Senators a more clear view of how much money is lost with each exception, I SUPPORT this measure.

SB 206: SUPPORT

SB 207 would change the default public access to juvenile justice proceedings from ‘closed’ to ‘open’, and provides for when the default setting shall be overridden and the proceeding closed to the public. Because of this change in the default setting to allow for more openness in court proceedings as well as the exceptions noted for when said proceedings may be closed, I SUPPORT this measure.

SB 207: SUPPORT

SB 208 would clarify when a confidential informant may be used by law enforcement and who may serve as a confidential informant. I’d like my friends in law enforcement to talk to me about this one, as I don’t know too much about the issues here, but the bill appears to be solid and does not unnecessarily burden the informant nor valid law enforcement practices, and therefore I SUPPORT.

SB 208: SUPPORT

SB 209 would prohibit a pharmacist from substituting a drug relating to immunosuppressive therapy without the consent of the prescribing physician unless the pharmacist in question is on the staff of a hospital pharmacy. While I was leaning towards support of this measure, it is this last clause allowing for an exception that kills the bill for me and I must OPPOSE.

SB 209: OPPOSE

SB 210 would allow home schooled students to participate in the student honors program (AKA the Governor’s Honors Program if I am reading this correctly, someone PLEASE correct me if I’m wrong!). Because it allows home schooled students to be on equal footing with public and private schooled students, I SUPPORT this measure.

SB 210: SUPPORT

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  1. […] SB 197: SUPPORT SB 198: OPPOSE SB 199: SUPPORT SB 200: OPPOSE SB 201: SUPPORT SB 202: OPPOSE SB 203: OPPOSE SB 204: SUPPORT SB 205: OPPOSE SB 206: SUPPORT SB 207: SUPPORT SB 208: SUPPORT SB 209: OPPOSE SB 210: SUPPORT SB 197 would force a law enforcement officer seeking a no-knock warrant to establish probable cause that there would be ’significant and imminent danger to human life or imminent danger of evidence being destroyed’. Because it enhances the requirements of due process, I SUPPORT this measure. […]

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