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Monday, September 18, 2006

Never Give Up

The man partially responsible for the ambitiously titled Methamphetamine Epidemic Elimination Act is back at it again. Drug warrior Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) will bring H.R. 5295 -The Student and Teacher Safety Act of 2006, to the floor of the House tomorrow for a vote, according to the majority whip’s website. This bill, which first made its appearance back in May, puts into law what I believe is already standard practice in school systems across the nation. It would give any school official or police the right to search individuals and/or groups of students and their property (while on school grounds) based on a “reasonable suspicion” that someone might have a weapon or drugs. According to Tom Angell of SSDP Davis did change the language in the bill from “colorable suspicion” (which I think meant if a student was breathing you had suspicion enough to search him) to the current “reasonable suspicion”, but a casual search by me was unable to turn up the updated bill with the new language. Good to know our government makes it easy to find accurate versions of bills that they are about to vote on.

Via SSDP. Lend them a hand in defeating this bill.