Update 4/30/2010 2:24 p.m.
|The flag in the background is all the proof of citizenship Mark Parkinson needs.|
: In a phone interview, Parkinson told Daily RFT that when he introduced HB 2449 on April 1 he was unaware of the issues in Arizona. After the state's Governor signed the controversial bill into law and the debate went national he drafted a committee substitute for his own bill that is "identical" to Arizona's law.
"Obviously in this session it's way, way too late to get it passed," Parkinson says. "Upfront this issue would be lucky to make it to the house floor this year, let alone get to the senate. There have been some court cases with the Arizona law too. I want to read what those [judicial] opinions are based on, what they say and make some alterations to the bill and I'll maybe file it again next year."
We'll have a transcript of the entire interview Monday on Daily RFT. Original post follows....
Arizona's strict new immigration law
gives police the authority to check a person's documentation when "reasonable suspicion" exists that the suspect is in the country illegally. As public outrage against the measure grows, prompting protests, and legal challenges on the grounds that it is thinly veiled racial profiling, Republican leaders in some states are considering similar measures.
So which legislature is most likely follow-through and make their state as ignominious as Arizona? Even though we're roughly 800 miles away from the Mexican border, it might be Missouri.Rep. Mark Parkison
, a Republican from St. Charles, is the sponsor of HB 2449
. Introduced earlier this month, the bill "creates various crimes for trafficking, concealing, harboring, sheltering, or transporting illegal aliens." More »