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Should be a law against tortured bill names

Lawmakers go to tortured lengths to make their bills have catchy acronyms, an demonstrated by Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and his new Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act, or the CECIL Act. A Washington Post ranking of the more than 350 such bills in the current Congress included these by Kansans: The SIGMA Act (Special Inspector General for Monitoring the ACA Act), LOCAL Level Act (Learning Opportunities Created at Local Level Act) and PATIENTS Act (Preserving Access to Targeted, Individualized and Effective New Treatments and Services Act) from Sen. Pat Roberts; the CLEAR Relief Act (Community Lending Enhancement and Regulatory Relief Act) from Sen. Jerry Moran; the AIR Survey Act (Aerial Infrastructure Route Survey Act) from Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita; and the MEND Act (Making the Education of Nurses Dependable for Schools Act) from Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka. A notable Kansan inspired another bill, the Keeping Our Campaigns Honest Act, or KOCH Act. – Rhonda Holman