By Matthew Hendley Thu., Aug. 2 2012 at 2:47 PM
Thanks to Center for Arizona Policy legislative council Josh Kredit, we were reminded today of all the mostly useless laws "supported" by CAP that are going into effect today.
Kredit posted the list of CAP's bills that were passed by the Legislature and are going into effect today, which are a great public service to just about nobody.
For example, "The Arizona Commission on the Arts cannot use taxpayer dollars on programs that include obscenity or that desecrate or dishonor religious objects or the Arizona or American flags."
The lobbying organization, which describes itself as being "dedicated to influencing our culture through the proclamation of biblical truth," has now seen 114 of its ideas turn into laws since 1995.
We presume they don't keep track of the bills they influence legislators against when they're too gay or something.
Anyway, Kredit says the new laws are thanks to you, Arizona voter, "...because you turned out and voted your values that these laws are a reality."
Here are the blessings to Arizona law that Kredit listed:
- Abortion clinics must post signs in their waiting rooms letting women know that it is illegal for them to be pressured by anyone - including boyfriends and clinic staff - into having an abortion.
- Women must have their ultrasound and the opportunity to view the image of their preborn child at least 24 hours before having an abortion.
- Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) must create an informed consent website for women considering abortion so they can get the facts about the life growing inside them.
- When a woman discovers that her child may have a life-threatening birth defect, she must be informed about the support that is available to her, including perinatal hospice.
- Planned Parenthood will no longer be able to come into public schools and promote abortions as the preferred option over childbirth and adoption.
- Parents cannot file a lawsuit against a doctor claiming that their child with a disability would have been better off aborted.
- Abortion providers are disqualified from eligibility for the Working Poor Tax Credit.
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY:
- Arizonans can now claim an additional tax credit for donations to School Tuition Organizations, with this new tax credit going specifically to students stuck on waiting lists to attend the school of their parents' choice.
- Children in public schools and libraries will be better protected from exposure to online pornography because online filters must be installed on public computers.
- Students attending failing public schools will be eligible for Arizona's Empowerment Scholarship Account program to attend the school of their parents' choice.
- Arizona's professionals licensed by the state cannot have their licenses threatened because of the free exercise of their religious beliefs.
- Religious organizations cannot be forced by the government to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs or contraception if it violates their religious beliefs.
- University and college professors cannot be denied tenure because of their political or religious beliefs.
- The Arizona Commission on the Arts cannot use taxpayer dollars on programs that include obscenity or that desecrate or dishonor religious objects or the Arizona or American flags.
- Proponents of a ballot measure will have legal standing to defend a proposition if it is ever challenged in court.
Two of CAP's new laws will not be going into effect today, as they're facing legal challenges: A ban on abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy, and a ban on Planned Parenthood from providing care to participants in the state's Medicaid program.