It has been an odd week with the bitter cold and with the passing of two men (one local and one national) who have been vital to the conservative movement, State Senator Bud Estes (R-Dodge City), and conservative radio host, Rush Limbaugh. We are in prayer for both the Estes and Limbaugh families.
Even with the bitter cold outside, there has still been a decent amount of activity inside the Capitol that affects family values. Here are some of the bills that are winding their way through the legislature that may be of interest to you and your family:
- H.B. 2119 will create the Student Empowerment Act for at-risk students.
- S.B. 61 will expand the existing low-income Student Tax Credit Scholarship that has already successfully helped hundreds of Kansas students have access to educational opportunities. It was passed by the Senate last week 24-14.
- HB 2054 will limit who may deliver advanced ballots and work to better enforce our current ballot harvesting prohibitions.
- HB 2183 will work to ensure the balance of power between the branches of government is respected in order to protect the election process.
- HB 2319 would shorten the time frame in which advanced ballots can be returned.
- HB 2339 was heard in committee this week and will expand the crime of election tampering.
- HB 2066 expands expedited licensing laws to other residential (or those intending to reside) applicants in Kansas. These types of laws free families to make the best work and family decisions for their particular circumstances. It also encourages families to move to our state by removing onerous and unnecessary regulations.
- HB 2184 would legalize the use of marijuana for certain medical purposes. We are watching this bill closely because bills like this often are used as a gateway to legalize recreational marijuana which is known to impact families in a multitude of ways.
Be on the lookout for more information about how we are working to protect mothers and babies through Value Them Both. And there is still time to contact your Senators about the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.
There is a lot of activity in Kansas and we are so thankful to partner with you in protecting faith, family, and freedom!
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy
The Family Policy Alliance team alerted you when Nancy Pelosi tried to sneak a taxpayer funding stream for abortion into the COVID-19 relief plan—and your voice and quick action helped stop her in her tracks. We alerted you when Planned Parenthood unbelievably asked for donations of medical supplies like masks and defied orders to stop elective procedures. But another big money industry is hoping to cash in on the coronavirus crisis. Big Marijuana—and their allies in the U.S. House—are hoping to get disaster relief funding for themselves.
Big Marijuana believes it deserves your taxpayer dollars—despite the fact that marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law. It begs the question: With so many small businesses hurting during the crisis, why should taxpayer relief money go to an illegal industry already flowing in cash?
At last count, about thirty other legislators (from both sides of the aisle) joined Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) in pushing House leadership to make the marijuana industry eligible for all COVID-19 relief programs—even though these programs are already low on funding. Worse yet, the bill would require the funding to extend not just to medical marijuana dispensaries, but to recreational marijuana as well.
And what would our taxpayer money pay for if Big Marijuana were given access to COVID-19 relief? Check out our video on what Colorado looks like since legalizing recreational pot.
Keep in mind that in many states, Big Marijuana has been considered an “essential business” and allowed to continue operations—still raking in cash. Yet, America’s small businesses have been forced to close their doors, suffering major revenue loss and leaving millions of Americans without jobs.
Big Marijuana and their allies in Congress want to see money intended for America’s small businesses go up in smoke—literally.
Family Policy Alliance strongly opposes this effort to allow Big Marijuana access to COVID-19 relief programs. If you agree, please help us spread the word by sharing this article on Facebook or by forwarding it to your friends.
For the family,
Legalizing medical marijuana in North Dakota is dangerous for families and children.
|Measure 5 is harmful because the marijuana plant itself cannot be regulated. Plants vary in potency. Many medical groups oppose legalization of marijuana in part because further research is needed.|
|Measure 5 would also legalize marijuana edibles. This creates an increased likelihood that children will ingest marijuana because they can’t tell the difference.|
|In Colorado, where marijuana is already legal, the increase in drug use is staggering. Watch this 60 Minutes expose to see what’s really happening in the pot industry.
Measure 5 simply isn’t worth the risk to North Dakota’s children and families.
Vote “no” on medical marijuana!