Americans United raised concern about this bill at their legislative preview, leading me to look at it yesterday, at which point I became alarmed. Last night a couple of people, on Facebook, pointed out that the bill seemed to be adjusting language already in the statutes. This seems to be one of those laws that gets left on books that needs to be repealed and is never enforced. Except, of course, when they are, which is why law codes need to be cleaned up.
This morning I received an e-mail from Rep. Nelson clarifying that the bill was a shell bill for marriage in case he wanted to develop marriage-related legislation.
"I actually do not have any plans to run this bill or about 18 other shell bills I filed for this session related to issues from schools to the landlord and tenant act."
"Many legislators will file several shell bills "just in case." Members must have all bills they wish to introduce submitted in December before session begins in February. So just in case some unforeseen issue arises after the deadline to submit bills passes members often file numerous shell bills to keep their options open. House members can actually only run a total of eight of the bills they file with some rare exceptions. "
We are grateful for the clarification. Now we just need to get this language removed from the books.