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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Every State CAN HAVE the Same Legislation!

In a recent interview in the Capital Times with Scott Fitzgerald about ALEC “Model legislation”, Fitzgerald said:
“First and foremost, because a lot of the committees crank out what I would consider boilerplate legislation, stuff that's sweeping the nation," he says. "Obviously legislators do this all the time, pirate bills from one state that they think is a good idea into another state."  ...  But so what, asks Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald ...


It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what’s going on here.
Here are some examples of current legilation in four different states.
How do they all come up with exactly the same phrases?  (Duh)


NORTH CAROLINA
(c)        The North Carolina voter identification card shall be captioned "NORTH CAROLINA VOTER IDENTIFICATION CARD" and shall contain a prominent statement that under North Carolina law it is valid only as identification for voting purposes. The North Carolina voter identification card shall be laminated, shall contain a digital color photograph of the applicant, and shall include the following information:

MINNESOTA
2.20    Subd. 4. Format of card. The voter identification card shall be captioned
2.21"MINNESOTA VOTER IDENTIFICATION CARD," and contain a prominent statement
2.22that under Minnesota law, the card is valid only as identification for voting purposes. The
2.23voter identification card must be laminated, contain a bar code suitable for scanning
2.24and a digital color photograph of the voter, and include the following information about
2.25the voter:

TEXAS
(c)AA    The Texas voter identification card issued to a person must:
(1)AA    be captioned "TEXAS VOTER IDENTIFICATION CARD";
(2)AA    contain a prominent statement that under Texas law the card is valid
              only as identification for voting purposes;
(3)AA    be laminated;
(4)AA    contain a digital color photograph of the person;
(5)AA   include the following information relating to the person:


ALABAMA
5 "(h) The Alabama photo voter identification card
6 shall be captioned ALABAMA PHOTO VOTER IDENTIFICATION CARD and
7 shall contain a prominent statement that under Alabama law the
8 card is valid only as identification for voting purposes. The
9 Alabama photo voter identification card shall be laminated,
10 shall contain a digital color photograph of the applicant,
11 shall have the signature of the Secretary of State, and shall
12 include the following information:




NORTH CAROLINA
(f)        A North Carolina voter identification card shall remain valid so long as a person resides at the same address and remains qualified to vote. It shall be the duty of a person who moves his or her residence within the State to surrender his or her card to the county board of elections of the county of his or her new residence; and such person may after such surrender apply for and receive a new card if such person is otherwise eligible under this section. It shall be the duty of a person who moves his or her residence outside this State or who ceases to be qualified to vote to surrender his or her card to the county board of elections by which it was issued.

MINNESOTA
1.20      Subd. 2. Validity. A voter identification card is valid as long as the voter resides at
1.21the address indicated on the card and remains qualified to vote. A voter who moves to
1.22a different residence within the state must surrender the card to the appropriate county
1.23auditor of the new residence. After surrender of an invalid card, a voter may apply for and
1.24receive a new card if the voter is otherwise eligible. A person who moves to a residence
1.25outside the state of Minnesota or who ceases to be qualified to vote must surrender the
1.26voter identification card to the county auditor from which it was issued.

TEXAS
(f)AAA Texas voter identification card remains valid if the
person to whom it was issued resides at the same address and remains
qualified to vote. A person who changes residence within the state
must surrender the card to the voter registrar of the new county of
residence and may apply for and receive a Texas voter
identification card issued by the new county of residence if the
person is otherwise eligible under this section. A person who moves
residence outside the state or who ceases to be qualified to vote
must surrender the person ’s Texas voter identification card to the
voter registrar who issued the card.


ALABAMA
16 "(k) An Alabama photo voter identification card
17 shall remain valid so long as the person resides at that same
18 address and remains qualified to vote. It shall be the duty of
19 a person who moves his or her residence within the State of
20 Alabama to surrender his or her card to the Secretary of
21 State, and such person may after such surrender apply for and
22 receive a new card if the person is otherwise eligible under
23 this section. It shall be the duty of a person who moves his
24 or her residence outside the State of Alabama or who ceases to
25 be qualified to vote to surrender his or her card to the
26 Secretary of State.


I wonder if this is some of that “boiler plate” legislation that Wisconsin’s Fitzgerald was talking about.

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