Former Wrentham Selectman Robert Leclair explains his proposal - in 2011.
The nation once again is getting a good laugh/pushing the outrage button over a wacky Republican bill, this time by state Sen. Richard Ross of Wrentham (who replaced Scott Brown in the state senate) to prevent parents in the process of divorce from having sex in their homes without a court order.
This doesn't necessarily mean that Ross is in favor of chastity belts for pre-divorced women (because the parents who stay in the homes tend to be women). Because what absolutely nobody bothered to check, including the Globe, is whether Ross filed the bill all on his own.
He didn't. He filed the bill on behalf of a constituent, one Robert Leclair of Wrentham, under our quaint old state constitution, which gives every citizen the right to petition the legislature. Legislators routinely file these bills regardless of whether they support them - it's a pretty simple provision: A constituent asks you to file a bill, you file it.
The right to seek redress, however, doesn't carry the right to actually have your proposal become law. In fact, if you look at the short legislative history of the bill, it was quickly referred to a committee, where it will die, which is the same thing that happened when Leclair, former president of a fathers' rights group, submitted the same bill in 2011.
H/t Lance Harris, who was apparently the only person in the world this weekend to actually look at the bill, let alone note there are 903 other such citizen petitions before the legislature this session.
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