Here’s some excellent news….For a change! (Thanks to Ron Calzone for all of his work on this issue!)
HB 436 is a landmark piece of legislation in which the 2nd Amendment and 10th Amendment meet to secure your God-given rights. Although it is completely in concert with everything the Founding Fathers intended and the U.S. Constitution secured, it flies in the face of modern “wisdom” — it takes courage to stand behind such a bill.
To get this far the following people had to muster that courage to defend your right to keep and bear arms:
- Rep. Doug Funderburk, Sponsor. Doug had to have the vision and understanding of the Constitution to swim against the tide of revisionist history as well as the courage of his convictions to make himself a target of statists who have bought into the lies. He also had to be able to articulate the message of great past leaders, like Jefferson and Madison like only an elder statesman can do.
- Rep. Tim Jones, Speaker of the House and first cosponsor of HB 436. Tim’s desk is where the buck stops in the House. Everyone knows that nothing happens in the House of Representatives without his blessing. Instead of doing what is politically “safe” and comfortable, he was willing to put it on the line for the sake of liberty.
- Rep Caleb Jones, Chairman of the General Laws committee. Caleb had to provide the time in a committee that is chock-full of the most important bills in the House. Without his support, HB 436 would have never seen the light of day.
- Rep. Jeanie Riddle, Chair of the Rules Committee. Jeanie, a long time 2nd Amendment supporter, made sure HB 436 was expedited through Rules, which is a critical stop along the path to passage.
- Rep. John Diehl, Majority Floor leader. It’s John’s job to schedule bills on the floor. He had to make time for HB 436 on a crowded calendar. Without the floor leader’s cooperation, no bill get’s before the whole House for a vote.
- Then there’s the 115 Reps who voted yes on the final vote, some of whom were Democrats with the courage to vote against the majority of their party. For a full list of the yeas and nays, scroll down the the “third read and passed” section for HB 436 in Thursdays House Journal.
- Monday, April 22 – First Read in the Senate. HB 436 is formally introduced to the Senate.
- Tuesday, April 23 – Second Read in the Senate. After this, at the pleasure of the President pro tem of the Senate, Tom Dempsey, the bill will be assigned to (probably) the General Laws Committee. Sen. Dempsey can choose to expedite this process, or delay. If he chooses to, the bill will be assigned that same day.
- The chair of the General Laws Committee, Sen. Brian Nieves, must then schedule a hearing. Potentially, if he wants to bad enough, that hearing can be as soon as 24 hours after the bill is assigned to his committee. Sen. Nieves has committed to passing HB 436 out of his committee the same day he holds the hearing. His own SB 325, the Senate version of HB 436, has already been through the committee process, so the trail has been blazed.
- After the Senate hearing, the bill is back in the pro tem, Sen. Tom Dempsey’s hands. He can either promptly place it on the Senate calendar for the entire Senate to consider, or he can delay the bill.
- Once on the calendar, it’s up to the Majority Floor Leader, Sen. Ron Richard, to make time for debate and “perfection” before the whole Senate. At this time, amendments can be offered and opponents can filibuster the bill, so Ron’s support will be key — he needs to be willing to give it all the time needed to wear out any filibuster.
- After perfection, no more amendments are allowed. It’s, again, up to floor leader Ron Richard to allow it the time to overcome another potential filibuster.
- Once the Senate passes the bill, if there are any changes, it will have to go back to the House for another up or down vote.
- After the House votes again, the bill will be delivered to the Governor to sign, veto, or do nothing, in which case it becomes law automatically.
- If he vetoes it and there’s more than 15 days left in the session, the legislature can attempt to override his veto before May 17th. If there’s less than 15 days, it will have to wait for the standard September veto session.
Whew! Yes, there’s a lot more to do, but we’ve already come a LONG way! The vast majority of bills never get this far.
As you can see from the time line, Sen. Tom Dempsey is the key player now. We are very hopeful that he will do his part promptly.
Please be watching for a witness form notice for the Senate hearing.