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The Senate approved the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act (S. 160) last Thursday, by a 61-37 vote. If the bill becomes law, it will grant the District of Columbia one voting representative in the House of Representatives and one additional representative to Utah.Â The bill is a political compromise that balances the heavily-Democratic District’s seat and with one for Republican-leaning Utah. Currently, the District of Columbia – the so-called “capital of the free world” – is denied representation in Congress.
Unfortunately, an amendment proposed by Senator John Ensign (R-NV) to weaken the District’s gun control laws was added to the legislation on the Senate floor.Â The amendment would legalize semi-automatic weapons and high-powered assault rifles in the city.Â It would overturn the District’s current gun control laws, which were enacted by the city’s democratically-elected legislature and enjoy widespread support in the city.Â Supporters of the amendment argue that citizens need guns to defend themselves in their homes.Â Semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, however, are certainly not necessary for self-protection and legalizing them will only undercut law enforcement efforts in the District and potentially endanger the city’s residents, as well as its brave and dedicated police officers.
Thursday’s Senate vote was a significant step towards granting American citizens living in the District of Columbia the same democratic rights as citizens living elsewhere in the country.Â The House will likely take up consideration of its version of the bill sometime this week.Â It will probably pass the bill without the gun amendment, leaving open the possibility that the gun amendment could be dropped in conference committee.Â President Obama is expected to sign the legislation.
Your Daily Dingell for today!
Detroit Free Press – John Dingell should retain his chairmanship
CQ Politics – Waxman Contributions to Freshman Class Could Determine Chairmanship
mLive – Does Michigan delegation bare the blame for Big 3′s woes?
Christian Science Monitor - Democrats Shuffle Hill Leadership
Jon Taplin’s Blog – Dinosaur Graveyard
forceChange – Detroit’s protector, Rep. Dingell, being challenged for his chairmanship
The Hill’s Briefing Room – Dingell: Waxman ‘Anti-Manufacturing, Left-Wing’ Democrat
Grist Mill – Dingell Jangle
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/12/144729/32/700/650198 – there’s a poll here too. Feel free to vote for Dingell!
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It is a fact that secondhand smoke causes cancer and a wide variety of other health problems. These are health problems that have claimed countless lives and causes a massive strain on our nation’s strained healthcare system. As more and more states have taken action to ban smoking in public places and certain businesses – it is about time Michigan took action.Â
Yesterday the Michigan State Senate passed a ban on smoking in all restaurants, bars, and casinos in the State of Michigan. The bill passed 25-12 with nine Republicans joining 16 Democrats to pass it. The Senate Majority Leader, Mike Bishop, opposed the ban, but conceded that the issue had too much public support to be ignored in committee.Â
This is a huge leap forward for our state. Detractors argue that this sort legislation invades the rights of the individual and the rights of businesses to decide their own practices. Secondhand smoke extends past personal choice – when your smoke directly causes health problems for those around you it is no long an issue of individual choice. Smoking in your own house is your poor choice, but not a wrong choice. The act of forcing other patrons to take in your smog is wrong.Â
Another argument against this ban harks on the economic impacts on businesses affected by this legislation. In other states and cities, such as New York City, the ban actually saw an INCREASE in business in the businesses affected. Consumers actually enjoy being able to dine in an area where they are not harassed by smoke. This is actually a good decision for the economy in Michigan.Â
It is now time for the Michigan House to pass this legislation, where it faces some opposition from Democratic Representatives in the Detroit area. Make the right decision… Pass this legislation.Â