This Week in Liberty News, the weekly a collection of stories I run across that affect your liberty in Oklahoma, Texas, and on the national scene.
Where does Tom Coburn stand on defunding Obamacare? Though having strongly opposed the Affordable Healthcare Act since its introduction in 2009, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn is now publicly opposing Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee on their effort to defund Obamacare in the upcoming debt ceiling talks. In his words, Coburn says the strategy is “creating the false impression that you can do something when you can’t. And it’s dishonest.”
Texas Senator John Cornyn has also removed his name from Senator Lee’s letter pledging to oppose all funding for Obamacare in the 2014 budget. His press secretary stated in a conversation on Twitter that Senator Cornyn still favors a full repeal, though he is apparently no longer on board with using the funding fight.
— Drew Brandewie (@DBrandewie) July 29, 2013
Do you remember earlier this year when a horse slaughter bill made its way through the Oklahoma legislature earlier this year? The promoters of the bill do not have any plans to actually see any slaughter houses built, as seen in this timesfrepress.com article:
Though the Legislature passed a bill this year authorizing the slaughter of horses, it remains unclear whether a facility will open in Oklahoma once the law takes effect Nov. 1.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law the bill sponsored by Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow and Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona. Fields said he’s not aware of any efforts to build a facility in Oklahoma, while McNiel said she’s no longer involved in the issue.
“My goal is not necessarily to bring one,” McNiel said. “I am not out promoting it. Once I passed the bill, I was done.”
Plan-B Pill gets a fresh lawsuit
From Tulsa World - New law to restrict emergency contraception in Oklahoma faces court challenge. A group that has successfully challenged Oklahoma’s anti-abortion laws in the past filed a new lawsuit Thursday seeking to stop a state law that would put restrictions on the use of emergency contraception.
Texas HB 2, banning abortions after 20 weeks, was passed almost entirely along party lines, with only one Democrat voting in its favor. Wendy Davis helped bring this bill to the spotlight when she filibustered it (successfully) in the first special legislative session. Another special session was called, and last week the bill was brought to a vote where it passed with a vote of 96-49.
Representative Giovanni Capriglione introduces Texas Bullion Depository Bill
Rep. Capriglione of Southlake introduced HB 3505 to the Texas house which would create a government depository for precious metals and establish a means for making intergovernmental payments in precious metals.
We have already learned the NSA has been using existing tools to harvest enormous amounts of otherwise private information about US citizens, but now it is apparent the government is very much involved in promoting the implementation of surveillance software on systems that do not already have it.SHARE