HB 768–Non-U.S. citizen pay a 25% tax on checks, money orders, and traveller’s checks.
HB 770–Raises taxes on sexually explicit businesses.
HB 772–Makes it a felony to expose someone to hepatitis B.
HB 783–Bars the state from doing business with any business or individual who discriminates against others based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, or political beliefs.
HB 796–Prevents the county election commissions from releasing information they collect about the candidates.
HB 981–Prevents people who receive state aid from collecting lottery winnings.
HB 982–Requires the issuance of a death certificate for aborted fetuses.
HB 988–In cases of supervised visitation, the parent required to pay for the supervised visitation gets to pick the supervisor.
HB 990–A person who has an order of protection sworn out against him or her would have the right to depose his or her accuser.
HB 991–Unless there’s a preponderance of evidence otherwise, the best custody arrangement would be shared custody.
HB 992–Violations of restraining orders must be handled more quickly.
HB 993–A defendant may preemptively challenge the judge in his or her divorce case once.
HB 994–If a person is found to have lied about being sexually abused, he or she must pay the court costs of the defendant.
HB 995–If your request for an order of protection is dismissed, you have to pay the court costs of the defendant.
HB 1523–If you are not the biological father of your child, you don’t have to pay child support.
It may be wrong to judge a man based on the legislation he brings forth, but, if that’s wrong, I don’t wan to be right.
There are a few things I find extremely interesting. One is that Campfield (a Republican) seems hell-bent on regulating the shit out of our lives. Provide proof that you’re a U.S. citizen. Provide information to the state about your medical history. Provide information to your abuser when he or she wants it. Provide DNA so that your father can feel sure that he’s yours. Provide proof that you don’t discriminate. Provide proof of your STD status. Provide, provide, provide.
Your life is up for scrutiny and, if you fail to negotiate said scrutiny, you have to pay.
But check out HB 796, which will surprise none of you. While Campfield moves to make our lives more open to scrutiny, he’s moving to make his and his fellow legislators’ lives a little more opaque.
The other is how determined he seems to be to punish people who are sexually active–meaning 99% of adult human beings. Pay more for sex toys or trips to the strip club or for trips to the Hollywood Hustler. If you get pregnant and decide you don’t want to be, you have to make your medical information available to the state. If you’ve made the mistake of fucking a person who turns out to be a controlling asshole, well, guess what? Campfield wants to make sure it’s even easier for that person to remain a controlling asshole presence in your life.
And just in case you don’t get how much Campfield hates you, if you’re too poor and you win the lottery, he wants to bar you from being able to collect your winnings. Yes, apparently money is only for the wealthy.
I’ve saved HB 783 for last because I want you to think long and hard about what this means. You and I both know that, what he’s aiming for is to dismantle affirmative action, to try to force folks who use it in hiring to stop or lose the state’s business.
But how many of you go over to Vanderbilt for medical treatment? You know they must use some system of preferences somewhere in the university. Will people who need state assistance to pay for medical treatment no longer be able to go to Vanderbilt?
What about Lipscomb? They obviously prefer that Christians attend their college. Will students be forbidden from using state scholarships at Lipscomb or Fisk?
I can’t think of any pithy way to wrap this up, but I think it’s interesting.
I’m curious about Senator Bunch, who is the co-sponsor on a lot of these bills. What, if anything, do we know about him?