By Craig McDermott, crossposted from Random Musings
…Not that it’s ever *not* “Demonize The ‘Other” Time” down at the state capitol…
In this week’s schedule post, I warned that strikers (strike everything amendments) could pop up at any time.
Turns out, I was being prescient – many committee agendas were updated on Monday…and the week is still young.
What may be the most nativist measure proposed by this bunch (and that’s saying something) is a striker now added to Wednesday’s agenda for the House Judiciary Committee.
That meeting was already scheduled to start at the painfully early (by legislative standards, anyway; for normal people, it’s early, but not outrageously so) of 8 a.m. because of the long and ugly agenda.
And with Monday’s changes to the agenda, it is now longer and uglier.
Committee chairman Eddie Farnsworth has agendized a striker proposal to SB1452 –
A proposal to demonize refugees and organizations that aid them.
The text of the proposal –
A. For five years after RESETTLING a refugee, A refugee resettlement agency is liable for both of the following:
1. The indemnification of this state or any political subdivision of this state for the cost of prosecuting a refugee received by the refugee resettlement agency for resettlement in this state.
2. Damages or injuries suffered by a victim that are proximately caused by any criminal act committed by a refugee received by the refugee resettlement agency for resettlement in this state.
B. This state, a political subdivision of this STATE or a victim of a criminal act committed by a refugee may commence a civil action against a refugee resettlement agency for any damages or injuries that are proximately caused by the refugee’s criminal act.
C. On or before July 1 of each year, a refugee resettlement agency shall report to the department of insurance on a form prescribed by the department its financial capacity to meet any obligations imposed under this section in an amount up to twenty-five million dollars.
D. If a refugee resettlement agency fails to make the report prescribed in subsection C of this section, the department of insurance shall impose a civil penalty of not more than one thousand dollars per refugee relocated in this state by the refugee resettlement agency in the previous five years. Each day after July 1 that a REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT agency fails to comply with subsection C of this section is a separate violation.
E. For the purposes of this section:
(a) DESIGNATED AS A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE.
(b) IDENTIFIED AS HIGH RISK BY A UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AGENCY, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION or THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE.
2. “Refugee” means any person who is a citizen of a high-risk country and who has been granted either of the following:
(a) refugee status pursuant to 8 United states code section 1157.
(b) ASYLUM pursuant to 8 United states code section 1158.
3. “refugee resettlement agency” means any nongovernmental agency that RECEIVES refugees for resettlement in this state.
Sec. 2. Emergency
This act is an emergency measure that is necessary to preserve the public peace, health or safety and is operative immediately as provided by law.”
I don’t know which is worse – Farnsworth et. al. trying to use their positions to turn their private hatreds into public policy, or their unmitigated gall in adding a declaration that their hatred (and yes, fear) constitutes an emergency.
Oh, and I think that we have the front-runner for the award for most shameless two-step of the legislative session –
In a lege notorious for it anti-federal government sentiments and actions, Farnsworth uses sections of federal law to define which groups of people will be affected by his hate missive.