Jason Spencer Withdraws His Controversial Bill

When I posted about Jason Spencer’s House Bill 3 this morning, I speculated that that the bill could be withdrawn if it received a bad reception. Well, it did.

Rep. Spencer said today that he will withdraw the measure, which appeared to target Muslim women wearing burqas:

After further consideration, I have decided to not pursue HB 3 in the upcoming 2017 legislative session due to the visceral reaction it has created.

While this bill does not contain language that specifically targets any group, I am mindful of the perception that it has created. My objective was to address radical elements that could pose a threat to public safety. However, further consideration dictates that other solutions will need to be considered. In conclusion, anti-masking statutes have been upheld as constitutional (State v Miller, 1990), and HB 3 would withstand legal scrutiny, but not political scrutiny.

Now, about that proposed tax on wire transfers that its author says isn’t aimed at Hispanics.

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rickday
rickday

Well then, simply amend the bill, to exempt “traditional religious clothing”, as well. OCGA ยง 16-11-38 b) This Code section shall not apply to: (1) A person wearing a traditional holiday costume on the occasion of the holiday; (2) A person lawfully engaged in trade and employment or in a sporting activity where a mask is worn for the purpose of ensuring the physical safety of the wearer, or because of the nature of the occupation, trade or profession, or sporting activity; (3) A person using a mask in a theatrical production including use in Mardi Gras celebrations and masquerade… Read more »

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

Poor Rep. Spencer. He was leading the Trump inspired anti-Muslim parade, only to find no one following him. May it always be so.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The representative from Kingsland introduces an anti-Muslim bill. The representative from Brunswick introduces an anti-Latino bill. What the heck is in the water down on the coast?

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

A damn big shark for one thing.

https://www.facebook.com/Maryleeshark/

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

As to the bill on taxing wire transfers (businesses excluded natch), legislators that don’t know the difference between a fee and a tax have no business sponsoring revenue legislation.

bethebalance
bethebalance

“radical elements”? the code words are not even thinly veiled.