Legislatures at Work

Canadians Pass $204 Billion Spending Bill by Accident

Bloomberg News reports this week that the Canadian government’s $204 billion budget package was passed in the House of Commons by accident, after legislators of the opposition parties forgot to stand up to debate it. Isn’t that what the Democrats…



Oklahoma Ends Tattoo Holdout

Caving in to the degradation of moral character so evident in the other 49 states, Oklahoma has finally legalized tattooing, passing legislation last week that ended a forty-year-old state ban on the practice.  Surprisingly, Oklahoma was the only state in…


Tangerangian Osculation May Not Exceed 4:59

The local government of Tangerang, a comically named suburb of Jakarta, Indonesia, has been trying to crack down on prostitution and address other moral issues for the past several years.  The Tangerangian city council’s laws first sparked protest in February…


Senator is Unclear “What a Trillion Is”

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to (again) raise the government’s debt limit to nearly nine trillion dollars.  The government has been running huge deficits for the past few years and Congress has had to raise the limit every year…


Massachusetts State Legislature: Hard at Work

In our federal system of government, the states retain a great deal of authority and autonomy.  Despite the fact that their legislative bodies frequently seem determined to prove that this is a stupid idea. Various sources have reported on Massachusetts…


Nebraska County Will Proceed With Pointless Recall Election

A recall election has been scheduled in Howard County, Nebraska, aimed at the removal from office of Sheriff Troy Kaiser, who is accused of intimidating employees and threatening the county attorney.  (It’s nice to know there is at least one…


Rhode Island Anti-Autograph Bill Doomed to Failure

Rhode Island Senator Roger Badeau says he was appalled when Red Sox players participated in an autograph-signing event in his state last year and charged children $200 per autograph. Feeling that the state need to send a message that sports…