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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 4:00 am

Every year as federal and state lawmakers start working on the year’s tasks at hand from budgets to amending, defeating or approving new laws, there’s always a list of proposed legislature that makes one raise an eyebrow.

Here are just a few I’ve seen over the last few weeks just from Arizona lawmakers.

Senate Bill 1003 makes delivering batches of ballots on Election Day a felony. That means doing a favor for your neighbor or coworker by dropping off the sealed ballot could land you in jail if this bill were to actually become law.

The point of the bill is to stop mass drop offs from taking place, and limit voter fraud. Opponents to the bill say it’s an attempt to limit the Latino and minority vote.

In the end, I say it’s a thoughtless approach to authoring legislation. If you have to look at the ramifications, such as one being arrested for dropping off a family member’s ballot, then you didn’t do your due diligence before submitting the proposed legislation.

This year alone there were 1,300 bills being introduced. Of course, by last week’s deadline many of them didn’t make the cut, but still that is a lot of proposed laws to dig through, having all the facts set, knowing the ramifications of the bill should be the author’s first priority. The thought of doing a family member or friend a favor on election day could land me in jail is ludicrous.

Then we have House Bill 2467, which would require Arizona high school seniors to recite a Constitutional oath that is similar to the one taken by public officials and new American citizens.

This is a pointless bill and waist of taxpayer dollars to push through. What happens if the student doesn’t uphold that oath they took just so they could get a high school diploma? I can think of lawmakers who have taken the same oath and basically disregard it when convenient.

Our students are falling far below standards in math and science, and American students continue to fall far below many other countries in these two important subjects. If lawmakers want effective legislation, look at what is happening with math and science and do something productive in our schools.

Sticking with our students, there is also House Bill 2284, which requires students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day. For anyone who spends time in public school classrooms regularly, you see that students do recite the pledge regularly.

So many lawmakers carry on about how we don’t need anymore laws on the books, yet here we are wanting to approve one that most classrooms do every single day. Again, a pointless waste of time, which doesn’t mean I have anything against the pledge. I am glad my daughter does it every single morning, or even when it’s being said on television and she immediately stands to participate, but to make it a law seems excessive.

A law being considered that truly makes me laugh is House Bill 2291, which takes aim at the federal government. This proposal would make enforcing federal laws illegal, especially regarding the gun laws the federal government hasn’t even passed.

I wish I could be a fly on the wall when a state law enforcement officer goes up to a federal agent with the intent to arrest them for enforcing federal laws in the state of Arizona. Then we’ll have the wasted taxpayer dollars when all of it goes into the court system.

Also, what message are we sending? Does that mean if a town or county disagrees with a state law they can pass their own law telling local law enforcement to arrest state law enforcement for enforcing state laws? Just doesn’t seem like a smart road to be heading down.

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