Shotgun lawmaking – As soon as this new Brownback-compliant Legislature convened in January, members began shotgunning a wide variety of bills in both the House and the Senate. No issue has been out of reach of the Legislature’s bird shot – corporate farming, judicial appointments, taxes, workers’ rights, restrictions on lobbying (not from business, just from people), election laws and immigration, to name a few. This approach betrays a dire sense of urgency from the governor and his legislative followers – almost as if these changes must happen now, before people have a chance to figure out the truth and perhaps find a change of heart. Shotguns aren’t used for their precision or accuracy; they’re used to spread out a wide pattern in the hope that at least one piece of shot will strike its target. It’s a great tool for bird hunting, but a terrible approach to lawmaking.
House Bill 2253, which is likely to become law, marks the high point of self-appointed moralism among participants in the Kansas political culture. Rather than give women more freedom, a 92-41 majority of House members are telling women what they cannot do with their own bodies even under the most dire circumstances.