Scott Walker Signed 51 New Bills Into Law Late Friday Afternoon
Late Friday afternoon, Gov. Walker signed 51 bills into law. Here are some examples of what just a handful of the new laws will do:
- Eliminate voter registration from high schools and some tribal schools
- Prohibit insurance providers from providing coverage for abortion service and require a 24-hour waiting period before a doctor can perform an abortion (to make sure the patient’s choice is “informed”)
- Require schools that teach sex ed to promote abstinence and inform students of the “benefits of marriage”
- Repeal the state’s equal pay law and prevent people subjected to workforce discrimination from seeking compensatory or punitive damages
Maddow Blog: Wisconsin’s New Concealed Carry Bill & The Man Who Planned to Murder Madison Doctors
With the arrest of a man accused of plotting to shoot up Planned Parenthood in Madison, Wisconsin, the news seemed to condense to a frightening cosmic singularity.
On the day Ralph Lang got arrested, a Wisconsin state Senate committee approved a bill that allows people to carry concealed weapons without permits or training. HuffPo reports that Planned Parenthood opposed the bill, and also that we’re just days away from the two-year anniversary of the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita. And the states and federal government have continued chipping away at Roe v. Wade this week.
Mr. Lang’s hometown paper notes that he’d published 21 letters to the editor about abortion since 2004 — he was a frequent flier, as they say. In the one I found this morning, he sounds less than cogent
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