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The Good, the Unhealthy and the Silly 6

Good: HB 4223 — “that the Division of Corrections present every probationer with bodily copies of their delivery certificates and Social Safety Administration card upon launch from a facility.”

Each of those paperwork are important to securing monetary accounts, housing and employment. A number of research have proven that when former inmates have entry to housing and work, they’re much less prefer to reoffend. It is a small step that may have a bigger influence on decreasing recidivism.

Unhealthy: SB 593 — “prohibiting ranked alternative voting in any election held in West Virginia.” (For an in-depth rationalization of ranked alternative voting, discuss with our Jan. 5, 2024, editorial.) This invoice handed the Senate Authorities Group committee and is now in Senate Judiciary.

This one is unhealthy in two respects: First, it’s a blatant try to take care of the established order — ranked alternative voting is thought for disrupting typical political get together energy buildings and favoring extra reasonable candidates. Second, something that limits an individual’s skill to vote for the candidate of their alternative is horrible coverage and must be rejected.

Silly: HB 5240 — “regarding limiting speech by eliminating woke phrases and agendas from state authorities paperwork, web sites, literature, and in individual. … the next exclusionary and sexist phrases shall get replaced with correct, female-affirming alternate options” — adopted by an inventory of inclusive phrases which are to get replaced with “girl”-only phrases.

We want we have been making these things up.  Very similar to the “Girls’s Invoice of Rights,” the only real goal of this invoice is to erase any gender id aside from “man” or “girl.”

Maybe the stupidest a part of this invoice is it solely impacts authorities paperwork, so lawmakers could be limiting their very own speech.

Good: HB 4004 — “Upon launch from incarceration for a felony conviction both by way of pardon, parole, probation, or completion of sentence, an individual shall be eligible to register to vote and to vote.”

Voting is a proper and accountability granted to all residents of the USA. Generations of women and men from all racial and spiritual backgrounds fought to verify nobody is unfairly excluded from the definition of “citizen.” A felon is just not stripped of their citizenship upon conviction; due to this fact, it’s fallacious to strip them of their proper to take part within the democratic course of.

Unhealthy: HB 4962 — prohibiting metropolis or county governments or housing authorities to require motels/motels to just accept housing vouchers for homeless people or households. This invoice handed the Home Subdivisions committee and is in Home Judiciary.

The issue with that is many applications depend on resort/motels for momentary shelter for unhoused households and this might make issues far more troublesome for each the households and the applications.

Technically this grants resort/motels a alternative in accepting housing vouchers. Nonetheless, this might not be the one invoice aimed toward harassing or criminalizing folks experiencing homelessness, so we’re skeptical of its goal.

Silly: HB 4231 — “Hold Roe Reversed Ceaselessly Act.” This invoice spends 12 pages making an attempt to make the absurd argument that “secular humanism” — or, primarily based on its description, atheism with morals — is a faith and that permitting “comfort abortion” would violate the First Modification’s Institution Clause. Not solely is “secular humanism” a faith by this invoice’s requirements, however it’s a faith that promotes “licentiousness” and “promiscuity” (learn: having intercourse — particularly exterior of marriage).

And but all the rules the invoice says are the state’s curiosity — and someway not primarily based in faith — are distinctly conservative Christian ideas, together with that life begins at conception and that intercourse exterior of marriage must be punished.

The irony is that this invoice insists a girl’s proper to reproductive autonomy violates the separation of church and state when, in actuality, this invoice could be the violation.