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Gazette staff January 23rd, 2013

It’s that time of year again, when the mundane clashes with the ridiculous and adults become Very Serious People while wearing proverbial clown shoes.

Credit: Brad Gregg

 

We’re talking about the Oklahoma legislative session.

Each year, bills are filed that, in the kindest of terms, could best be described as “paste-eaters.” Last year’s winner, hands down, was a proposal to ban the use of fetuses in food. It never made it to a vote, so be extra cautious with those baby back ribs, folks.

This year, there are some new ones as well as old favorites.

So-called “covenant marriage” is an old hit getting new play this year, thanks to Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, and Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid. People entering into a covenant marriage would have a harder time getting a divorce with the “no fault” option taken off the table.

Senate Bill 93, also by Anderson, would declare the federal Affordable Care Act null and void in the Sooner State, while SB 203 by Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, would make federal enforcement of it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

SB 176 seeks to allow concealed-carry weapons in public meetings held by government officials.

Anderson wants to take it a step further. His SB 105 would let concealed weapons into professional sporting games. After all, what could possibly go awry there?

Not to be outdone on Second Amendment zeal, Dham’s SB 40 would make any non-felon considered “licensed” to carry a gun under the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act.

Maybe an alternate title for the legislation could be the “Adam Lanza Was a Law-Abiding Citizen Up to the Point He Entered Sandy Hook Elementary” Act.

Oh, and Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, has filed a “personhood” measure declaring a fetus a person.

Finally, a bill by Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro, would make the human consumption of horse meat legal in the state. It is unknown whether this is about culinary delights or just an attempt to scare all the bronies out of Oklahoma.

 
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