The Manitowoc News brings us the story of ASSemblyman Garey Bies!
A Wisconsin lawmaker is pushing for tougher laws to deter people who would intimidate or harm members of the Legislature and their families.Under legislation introduced by Rep. Garey Bies, a Republican from Sister Bay, acts such as striking, shoving or kicking a lawmaker or a family member with no legitimate reason would face harsher penalties.
For one all of this os obviously already illegal and secondly, what legitimate reason would anyone have to "striking, shoving or kicking a lawmaker or a family member"?
As is the theme here, but wait there is more:
Bies said harassment of lawmakers is a longstanding issue but has worsened since Gov. Scott Walker signed a law in 2011 that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. Opponents of that measure “would stand in your face and bump into you,” Bies said. “They chased you down the hallway and all the way to the office.”Just look on the bright side, I hear they are considering adding - pretending your an elected official running away from your constituents as a new Olympic event!
Wow, as a legislator, his constituents called him so much he had to get Caller ID! Of course Caller ID was introduced to the US in the late 1980's, we cant expect our republican legislators to be up on the latest in technology, heck its only been out 25 years.
Bies said he has personal experience. During that tumultuous period, he said he got enough derogatory calls at home that he got caller ID.
The restroom of his restaurant was vandalized twice within two weeks during September 2011, which he attributed to his status as a legislator.I never heard of a public restroom being "vandalized". Care to expand on what exactly happened and how you know it was people who disagree with you? Any arrests made? or should we just enact laws on based on conjecture?
Under current law, people who intentionally harm a public official can be convicted of a Class I felony, punishable by up to 31/2 years in prison. Bies’ legislation would create a Class A misdemeanor — punishable by up to nine months in prison — for acts of repeated intimidation or use of force to influence a lawmaker’s action, or for lingering within 100 yards of his or her private property.Does that mean Charlie Sykes will be arrested soon? Can we expect that Verify the recall website will be taken down?
Acts that cause a lawmaker or family member’s fear of death would be a Class H felony, meaning up to six years in prison.
So the bigger the coward the politico is, the more severe the penalty is. Got it!
Bies said he supports freedom of speech, but there’s a line people shouldn’t cross when they disagree.More accurate: Bies said he supports free speech, as long as you agree with him. Attaboy's only!
See Plale, Jeff and Fields, Jason.
Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, and Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Randall, are co-sponsoring the proposal.
Madison police last year cited a Racine man who they said was involved in dumping a glass of beer on the head of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. The suspect’s motive was unclear.The Motives were very clear, the suspect was a goof and Robin Vos is a douchebag!
“This bill is a solution in search of a problem,” Chris Ahmuty, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin said in a statementWell Duh. However we can give the Wisconsin republicans in Government a break, its not like that have any other more pressing issues!