So, in the "amazing but not surprising" category comes two new Republican initiatives (they're in power, so their hypocrisy is most obvious) to obliterate states' rights with regard to safety issues. The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill would require the same treatment of concealed carry gun permits as of drivers' licenses: "full faith and credit" overriding local laws about whether and to whom concealed carry permits should be issued.
In states that issue concealed firearm permits, a state`s laws governing where concealed firearms may be carried would apply within its own borders. In states that do not issue carry permits, a federal "bright-line" standard would permit carrying in places other than police stations; courthouses; public polling places; meetings of state, county, or municipal governing bodies; schools; passenger areas of airports; and certain other locations.There's lots of pseudo-social science in the justifications section. I note, though, that Vermont has no licensing requirement: would full faith and credit require that all current and former Vermonters be allowed unlicensed national permission to carry handguns?
And the US House is also considering a bill that would obliterate state food labeling requirements which were in any way more stringent or complete than federal requirements.
Attorneys general from 37 states wrote lawmakers Wednesday in opposition to the measure.Frankly, the national trend has usually been "California first, then everyone," so this is definitely swimming against the tide. Call it the "National Food Lobby Efficiency Act" because it would mean there was only one legislature and one set of agencies to pressure.... and who cares about those pesky
The obvious target, they wrote, is California's Proposition 65, a law passed by voters requiring companies to warn the public of potentially dangerous toxins in food. The law has prompted California to file lawsuits seeking an array of warnings, including the mercury content in canned tuna and the presence of lead in Mexican candy.
Of course, the full hypocrisy of this is only realized when you consider the effect of "Marriage Protection" legislation that flies in the face of "full faith and credit." I can't believe the Supreme Court has let this stand....
Update: Oh, medical insurance coverage is now a federal issue, because states are requiring insurance companies to actually cover things....