Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Bad homeland security bill gets worse
After some of its more radical bits were stripped out in the Senate, the big "homeland security" bill of the session, SB 9, was larded with reactionary amendments in committee, reports the Texas Observer's Melissa del Bosque. Not only were southbound checkpoints, REAL ID provisions, an Arizona-style E-Verify requirement, and other objectionable elements added to the bill, fees that would have funded the multi-million dollars in new spending in the bill have been replaced with language from a considered-dead House bill that would tap asset forfeiture funds to cover costs. See her story for more details.