Haven’t you ever wondered why States of the United States of America seem to keep sponsoring, voting for, and even occasionally passing laws and bills that they know will never go into effect on constitutional grounds?

I’m referring to various violent video-game laws, Arizona’s HB2625 which allows employers to pry into contraception usage of female employees and fire them if they don’t like the answers, and so on. Often these laws are just rewrites of previous laws which also failed to pass.

And there’s a reason why they happen anyway.

The Arizona bill was actually passed 6-2 by the Senate Judiciary Committee, all of whom would have had to know that the bill would never make it into effect. All of them have probably at least glanced at the Constitution at some point, or spoken to someone knowledgeable (like a Constitutional Scholar or a Supreme Court Justice).

But here’s the thing. The people who pay money into campaign funds to push these ridiculous bills don’t seem to know that they can never pass (or if passed and signed, will simply be immediately enjoined and subsequently shredded by the Supreme Court).

There’s heaps of ultra-conservative people and organisations out there that are so genuinely ignorant that they’ll pay good money for people to sponsor, co-sponsor or vote for these bills, even though they have no hope of taking effect.

By getting behind these unconstitutional bills, a senator or congressperson can essentially “convert” every million or so tax-payer dollars wasted on these pieces of legislation for about ten or fifteen thousand dollars in campaign contributions, thus helping them secure another term, when the time comes. Plus, they need never worry that the laws will ever come into effect.

Sure, the exchange rate isn’t exactly choice, but judging by the increasing number of such bills working their way through state legislatures, many of your representatives think it is a good deal.

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