Now that the news has trickled into the metro that Michele Bachmann has filed legislation to protect our right to buy incandescent lightbulbs, it’s becoming apparent how to get legislation noticed, if not necessarily enacted. Slap “freedom” in the title somewhere.
Bachmann’s bill is The Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act.
Of course, the smoking ban in Minnesota was called the Freedom to Breathe Act.
What other “freedom” legislation is out there?
Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 – This federal law reinstated four criteria to determine whether religious freedom had been violated by the government.
The Academic Freedom Act – In Florida, the bill would allow teachers to teach theories critical of evolution.
Internet Freedom Act of 2008 – Rep. Ed Markey’s legislation to order the FCC to assess competition in broadband.
Freedom to Bank Act – In the words of author Ron Paul, “To sunset Federal laws and regulations which treat the American people like children by denying them the opportunity to make their own decision regarding control of their bank accounts and what type of information they wish to receive from their banks, and for other purposes.”
Freedom to Fly Act of 2007 – Allows commercial pilots over 60 to keep flying.
Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 – Apparently this is a problem somewhere.
Freedom to Be A Patriot Act - Would’ve prevented federal funds from going to any agency that barred the flying of the flag.
Broadcaster Freedom Act - Sen. Norm Coleman’s bill to outlaw return of the Fairness Doctrine.
Business Checking Freedom Act – 2005 bill would’ve allowed banks to pay interest on business checking accounts.