Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Surprise! Brewer Does the Right Thing!

I'll be the first to admit that I didn't expect this: Gov. Brewer Vetoes Birther Bill, Guns on Campus. Ol' Jan is usually very right wing and pro gun, so it's significant that the bills coming out of the state legislature went too far for her.

PHOENIX - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed two controversial bills passed by both the Arizona Senate and House -- the guns on campus bill and the 'birther' bill.

Guns on Campus Bill: SB 1467

- Would've allowed guns to be carried on public rights of way at public university and community college campuses
- Applies only to "rights of way" -- not inside classrooms
- University presidents opposed the bill
- Student support was mixed

"This bill was very sloppily written and drafted... and we can't even find out a definition, what is a right of way? It just wasn't defined to be able to tell the courts or the policeman how they are going to enforce a law like that," Governor Brewer told us.

Sen. Ron Gould is the bill's sponsor. He says he's disappointed.

'Birther' Bill: HB 2177

- Would've required President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens before their names can appear on the state's ballot
- Arizona would've become the first state to require such proof
- 13 other states have considered similar proposals this year. The proposals were defeated in Arkansas, Connecticut, Maine and Montana

As for her decision to veto this bill, Gov. Brewer said in part: "I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for President of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their 'early baptismal or circumcision certificates'… this is a bridge too far. This measure creates significant new problems while failing to do anything constructive for Arizona."


The state of crazy in Arizona, when Jan Brewer starts looking sane by comparison.


Demeur said...

I suspect that Brewer vetoed the bill because she wouldn't pass the muster the next election cycle.

BadTux said...

Indeed, I suspect Brewer vetoed the birther bill because all the talk of Presidential weewees made her clit cringe. But I'm truly surprised she vetoed the guns-on-campus bill... I guess she must not be running for re-election, because veto'ing *any* bill backed by the NRA in Arizona is the kiss of death for your statewide electoral chances.

- Badtux the Former Arizonan Penguin