Monday, September 29, 2008

Bulk Handgun Purchases, Internet Skill Game Facilities, Votes for Former Prisoners & Stem Cell Research: September 26, 2008

Here are 2 bills introduced in the Senate and 2 from the House.

This first bill will surely upset those who are strong backers of the 2nd amendment, but it's hard for me to understand why someone would need to purchase handguns in bulk.

By Mr. LAUTENBERG (D-NJ) (for himself and Mr. MENENDEZ):
S. 3634. A bill to reduce gun trafficking by prohibiting bulk purchases of handguns; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

This is an interesting bill to authorize licensing for Internet skill game facilities. I envision a bar-like scene, where people go to play Internet games instead of boozing. Source: GPO [S9657]

S. 3616. A bill to amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for the licensing of Internet skill game facilities, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Source: GPO [S9657]

On the House side, this is another bill sure to bring controversy, which is to allow those formerly incarcerated to vote. I'm of the feeling that if someone has served their sentence, they should be allowed to come back as citizens and be allowed to participate in elections. Though for some horrible crimes, might be tough to swallow knowing that person has same right to vote as person who has never broken the law:

H.R. 7136. A bill to secure the Federal voting rights of persons who have been released from incarceration; to the Committee on the Judiciary. Source: GPO [H10129]

Might as well wrap this up with yet another bill of controversy. This one is deals with the high emotion subject of stem cell research:

By Ms. DEGETTE (D-CO)(for herself and Mr. CASTLE (R-DE)):
H.R. 7141. A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research, to direct the National Institutes of Health to issue guidelines for such stem cell research, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Source: GPO [H10129]

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