Wednesday, May 04, 2005

New Rules...

The 527 Reform Act of 2005:
Rob at Politically...Direct. has a great post, called 'Lipstick on a Pig', that describes S.271. This bill, proposed by McCain-strikes-again and Ken Salazar looks to expand McCain-Feingold and further restrict contributions by 527 groups. There has been a counter-bill sent up by Rep. Mike Pence (H.R.1316) that seeks to reform McCain-Feingold and eliminate some campaign finance restrictions. As much as I like John McCain, you really have to wonder how a Republican leader can be so active in attempting to limit free speech and expenditure --especially if this is the law that becomes a catalyst to silence 'subversive' bloggers in election cycles. Go Read Rob's post for the full story and pertinent links to the bills.

The Jessica Lunsford Act:
This law, recently signed by Governor Jeb Bush, gives Florida the toughest sex offender penalties in the country. It was passed in the FL house & Senate unanimously.
"It establishes a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life behind bars for people convicted of certain sex crimes against children 11 and younger, with lifetime tracking by global positioning satellite after they are freed. Some offenders already on the street could be ordered back to jail or be placed under GPS monitoring if they violated their probation. Florida's new law could also open the door to the death penalty for more killers, because it allows a defendant's status as a sexual predator to be considered as an aggravating factor during sentencing for a murder." (source)
Congressional leaders are seeking to have this FL law be a standard for a similar federal law--and in my opinion it can't happen fast enough! (source)

Real ID Bill:
This bill will finally take some lessons learned on September 11th to heart and impose tougher restrictions on obtaining driver's licenses.
"Under the proposed federal standards, motorists would have to prove their immigration status to get a driver's license, and agencies that issue licenses would have to verify documents such as Social Security cards and birth certificates. If the bill becomes law, states have three years to meet the new federal standards. Residents from states that do not comply will find their driver's licenses refused as official identification." (source)
"The provisions would also complete the border fence between California and Mexico, sources involved in the talks said." (source)
I am not quite sure why this is controversial as I can't imagine even one itty bitty little reason that this shouldn't have been the standard all along.

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