Email date: 7/19/11
In this update:
1. Legislature races to pass redistricting plan
2. How a bill now becomes a law
3. Shareholder Protection Act introduced in Congress
Legislature races to pass redistricting plan
The Wisconsin Legislature is not scheduled to be in session this week. But state lawmakers are convening in “extraordinary” session to pass a gerrymandered redistricting plan, with the Senate acting today and the Assembly following suit tomorrow. The plan cooked up by Republicans who control both houses is a blatant power grab that even takes constitutional obligations with a grain of salt.
It doesn’t have to be this way, as the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram pointed out in an editorial.
How a bill now becomes a law
“Laws begin as ideas. These ideas may come from a Representative—or from a citizen like you.” So says the Kids in the House website managed by the U.S. House clerk’s office. Ideas for new laws can indeed emanate from citizens or their elected representatives, but nowadays they are far more frequently coming from a corporate-funded bill mill called ALEC. An outstanding new online resource, ALEC Exposed, is drawing back the curtain on this operation. To see the impact ALEC is having right here in Wisconsin, go here.
Shareholder Protection Act introduced in Congress
Federal legislation designed to give corporate shareholders more say over political donations made by the companies they’ve invested in was introduced last week. Last month the Democracy Campaign signed on to a letter urging members of Congress to move forward with such legislation.