On February 23, the Indiana Senate passed SCR 28, which sets up a legislative study of whether Indiana should move its presidential primary from May to an earlier month. The measure now goes to the House.
The February 24 issue of Legal Times has this interesting article by Tony Mauro, on how a pending 2nd amendment case, McDonald v Chicago, might strengthen the entire Bill of Rights, by settling that the entire Bill of Rights restricts state governments. As the article explains, the current state of the law has a piecemeal
On February 23, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, restored John Tabacco to the ballot, in the special election to fill the vacant city council seat, 49th district (Staten Island). The election is February 24. As a result, the election will be by paper ballot in that district. Tabacco had originally been removed from
The Oklahoma House Rules Committee is currently thinking about Representative Charles Key’s HB 1072. That bill lowers the petition for new and previously unqualified parties from 5% of the last vote cast, to 5,000 signatures. Key has been told informally that if he amends the bill to require a petition of 5% of the last
Oklahoma HB 2246, making it easier to get initiatives on the ballot, will be heard in the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, February 25, at 3 p.m. HB 2246 is the same as SB 852. SB 852 passed the Senate Rules Committee on February 17. Thanks to Richard Prawdzienski for this news.
On Monday afternoon, February 23, the U.S. Senate began debate on S.160, the bill to give the District of Columbia a voting member of the U.S. House. If the expected schedule prevails, the Senate will vote at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 24, on whether to end debate. The bill expands the size of the House