Rep. Post Strangling pregnant women and animal welfare in same bill?

by Rep. Bill Post

Today on the House floor we voted to”concur” on HB 3469, which means, the Senate amended the original bill therefore the House has to”concur” or agree on the amended version.
Originally, HB 3469 was about strangling pregnant mothers. Here’s the actual summary of the bill:
Increases penalty for crime of strangulation when committed knowing victim was pregnant.
Punishes by maximum of five years’ imprisonment, $125,000 fine, or both. Expands types of previous convictions that elevate crime of assault in the fourth degree to Class C felony in certain circumstances to include other degrees of assault, strangulation and menacing.
It passed out of my Judiciary Committee 7-1 (Rep. Greenlick was the lone”nay” vote) and then passed the House 57-1 (again Rep. Greenlick was the lone”nay”). In other words, everyone thought it was a great bill.
Here is what the summary says after the Senate amended it:
Increases penalty for crime of strangulation when committed knowing victim was pregnant.
Punishes by maximum of five years’ imprisonment, $125,000 fine, or both. Expands types of previous convictions that elevate crime of assault in the fourth degree to Class C felony in certain circumstances to include other degrees of assault, strangulation and menacing. Adds crime of encouraging animal abuse to definition of “animal welfare laws” for purposes of enforcement by humane special agents.

Now what does strangling a pregnant woman and”animal welfare” have in common? NOTHING! What buffoon from the Senate thought this was a smart thing to do?
So I offer this video of Rep. Barton (who unfortunately had to carry the concurrence motion on the House floor and as you’ll see, was not happy about the changes) making the motion to concur, then I asked him a question and spoke to the motion. The rest is self-explanatory.

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