By Emily Geiger
It should be called the “Common Sense” bill, but instead, we’re calling it the Ed Thomas Bill.
It looks like the Governor will soon be signing a bill that would require hospitals to notify law enforcement before releasing mental patients who are facing criminal charges.
Sounds like a no-brainer, huh? Apparently not, which is why a Waterloo hospital failed to notify the police department who had actually brought Mark Becker in for a mental evaluation and treatment before releasing him to roam free. Less than 24 hours later, Ed Thomas was dead.
This bill may be one of the few good things to come of this tragedy. It’s too bad we had to waste the legislature’s time just to put common sense into law.
But most of all, it’s a shame that Iowa had so lose such a good man.
Mike Gronstal: Desperation?
And in strange news from the Iowa legislature, Mike Gronstal (of all people) and other liberal leaders at the Statehouse have decided to revive a bill that would standardize the application and approval process for concealed carry permit applications in Iowa’s 99 counties.
Based on the news accounts, I’m assuming that this means the Clel Baudler/NRA backed version of this bill is what is being revived.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad this is happening, but what the hell kind of desperate move is this for Gronstal?
Somebody must think he’s REALLY going to need a good grade from the NRA to keep any semblance of Midwestern street cred and avoid being labeled (and punished on election day) as one of Obama’s liberal ilk (even though we all know he is.)
Here’s a newsflash for Mike Gronstal: Too little, too late, buddy.
You’ve shown your disdain for traditional Iowa values, and we see this move for the thinly veiled ploy that it is.
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