NUTHER UPDATE: This morning (4/5), on Rep. Patrick Rose' motion, Delisi's bill was delayed until a "time certain" at 3 p.m. on Tuesday April 10. If you agree this legislation deserves a prompt and timely death, you still have time to contact your representative between now and then. FINAL UPDATE: This bill died on the House floor.
Vince at Capitol Annex lets us know that a truly nasty bill by Rep. Diane Delisi, HB 855, will be heard today on the House floor. It deserves a good thrashing, but I don't know if it's on members' radar screens. (See Grits' discussion of the proposed law here and here when it was in committee.)
I thought Vince did a better job than I did explaining the problems with the bill, so let's run with his description:
The legislation would make it a crime for a person to refuse to give a peace officer your name, date of birth, or address even if you are not under arrest.Yes, it is. Even shameful, I'd add.
In other words, if you are stopped in a car or on the street and a police officer asks for this information and you decline to give it, you have committed a crime.
What ever happened to the right to remain silent or any of those constitutional provisions related to the assumption of innocence? If an officer passes by someone walking on the street who has committed no other offense and asks for this information and they don’t get it, it is a crime.That’s just wrong.
MORE: Catonya has a personal story on that score.