Monday, February 21, 2011

"Stupidest State" Is Getting Competitive

So, the Idaho legislature has passed laws allowing any healthcare provider to refuse to provide any treatment or drug that their personal religious beliefs--no matter how wacky or bigoted--disagree with.  Also in last year's session, they made it legal for you to have a gun in your car while at work--you know, because workplace shootings haven't ever happened.  THIS year they're trying to eliminate kindergarten, enlarge classroom size, have the students take online classes (which are incidentally going to be purchased from online education companies that contributed thousands of dollars to elect our Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction) instead of ones involving teachers, and have voted to "nullify" the federal healthcare law (not that this isn't unconstitutional and has been proven unconstitutional over & over) but without bothering to address the actual problem of the uninsured in Idaho.  Personally, I thought that made us a pretty serious contender for the title of "Stupidest State."  Until yesterday.

There is a bill in the Missouri Senate  that would severely modify the child labor laws that were passed in the 1930s.  I've linked to the bill, but I think everyone needs to see the intention statement of the bill:

SB 222 – This act modifies the child labor laws. It eliminates the prohibition on employment of children under age fourteen. Restrictions on the number of hours and restrictions on when a child may work during the day are also removed. It also repeals the requirement that a child ages fourteen or fifteen obtain a work certificate or work permit in order to be employed. Children under sixteen will also be allowed to work in any capacity in a motel, resort or hotel where sleeping accommodations are furnished. It also removes the authority of the director of the Division of Labor Standards to inspect employers who employ children and to require them to keep certain records for children they employ. It also repeals the presumption that the presence of a child in a workplace is evidence of employment

Eliminating the prohibition on employing children under 14?
Eliminating restrictions on hours?
Allowing children UNDER 16 to work "in any capacity" in motels or resorts where sleeping quarters are provided?
REMOVING the authority of the Division of Labor Standards to inspect employers who hire children?????????????

Missouri--I am willing to concede.  You have crazier lawmakers even than Idaho.  


Viviana said...

If you want to read some interesting stuff on child labor laws, go to the Georgia website for workers (labor laws, unemployment insurance, etc.) They have an FAQ for child labor laws. Yes, apparently workers often need to take their children to work and heck, while the kiddies are there they might as well help out...

Ilix said...

OMG..... scary


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