What Is A NIB?

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Here is the reason I created NIBs for PPJ (I apologize if anyone thought they would get an article about old-fashioned fountain pens):

I began NIBs type bill “alerts” to begin to fight Legislation at the State Level while still in Committees.

“So I began to look around at proposed State Laws that nibbled away at the Freedom I longed to retain. Notice that I didn’t say “want” as Freedom is something we are inherently born with in this Nation yet allow others to legislate away. What I found was that “Nibbly Imperceptible Bills” (NIBs I call them) were steadily eroding the Liberty I thought I had.”

The concept behind informing individuals in each state about bills when a Committee of very few members are involved is pretty simple. It is easier to sway a few Committee members than 50 – 100 Senators or Legislators.

I’m not an attorney, politician, or economist. Simply put I’m just a wee bit tired of being behind in the legislative race to pass something, anything, to look like a competent politician.

Stop the NIBs before they enter the pipeline at a local level and there is no later need to canvass vast majority of individuals.

So far readers have introduced NIBs in their states to be considered (Washington, Utah, Texas, Illinois and Mississippi).

If readers send Bill Numbers to PPJ, I’ll do my best to provide contact information and Bill Status for individuals in that state to react if they choose to.

HB 365 Utah : NIB or Not?


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I received a tip this morning with a curious request “Can you make an anti-NIB of Utah’s HB 365”.  I tried, I really did. The Title of this Bill looked very promising:

Federal Regulation of Local Agricultural Products

As one can see from the PDF there is no text, although apparently an Attorney (Peter Asplund) was paid to draft HB 365.

2       PRODUCTS
5      Chief Sponsor: Bill Wright
6      Senate Sponsor: ____________


Not content with a title only, I did a bit of looking about and discovered this little snippet from Lexology: More

Update : SB 0136 Illinois Committee Hearing



Is This A Homeschooling Lair of Learning? Truant Officer to Investigate?


Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Youtube is a wonderous thing.

On the ground reporting provides information very quickly, accurately and cleanly. In the case of Illinois SB 136, interesting terms from State Officials can be viewed. Here is one example.

Please pay careful attention at 3:30 forward where Senator Luechtefeld questions Bill Reynolds (Truant Officer) on why SB 136 is needed.

The general gist of the conversation for readers without access to video is the following:

Senator: So will you be going into the home of people even if they are doing a good job?

Truant Officer: Yes. They might need help. More

Homeschooling NIBS in ILLINOIS


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Okay – Maybe the Nibbly Imperceptible Bills (NIBs) is a great idea. Here is our first suggested entry:

SB 0136

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the School Code. Requires the parents or legal guardians of children attending non-public schools, a defined term, or private or parochial schools to annually register their children with the State Board of Education, in conformance with procedures prescribed by the State Board of Education.

At first parents of Illinois School Children were a bit concerned, but Senator Maloney has cleared up his proposed registration requirements – he only wants the Homeschoolers:

In an interview with “Illinois Review,” Maloney stated that SB 136 is aimed specifically at homeschoolers as a means of keeping tabs on them.

“What we want to know is where the homeschoolers are. It’s as simple as that,” Maloney told the online publication.

In fact, this legislation was designed originally to force all non-government schooled children to annually register, but that is apparently wasn’t the in the program notes for bill author Senator Maloney:

In the “Illinois Review” interview, Maloney stated that he plans to change the language of the bill to specifically target homeschoolers.

According to the Legislative Schedule, this proposed Bill is scheduled to be heard before the Education Committee Feb 15, 2011 10:45AM Room 212. More

Lobbyists, Lethargy and Latent Lies


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I like the number three and it has nothing to do with this post – sort of.

Let me digress for a moment to discuss exactly what “three” means to me. Three slices of pizza is about the right serving, three half-gallons of Ice Cream might last the entire week if no one has a fancy for an extra scoop or two, and three branches of Government was a great concept 223 years ago.

However those three branches of Government – Legislative, Executive and Judicial for Senator Schumers edification (who seems after 12 years of public service not to have grasped the concept of how the government is set up) – are failing in the original objective.

One would think a 12-year U.S. senator would know better than to state, “We have three branches of government: We have a House, the Senate, we have a president.” Yet on Jan. 30, he did exactly that on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Further, host Candy Crowley did not call Schumer on the error. So, either she did not want to point it out, or she didn’t know any better. Either way, she is incompetent. More

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