"Arkansas State Representative: JODIE MAHONEY (D) El Dorado, Arkansas email@example.com has recently very quietly, hopefully without getting caught, 2 pieces of legislation into the Arkansas assembly that can be interpreted as definitely ANTI-USA."
"His first one is HOUSE BILL 1729 AN ACT TO REPEAL OBSOLETE PROVISIONS OF THE ARKANSAS CODE CONCERNING THE COMMUNIST PARTY"
As I understand it, this would essentially legitimize the Communist party in Arkansas. Maybe steplock could elaborate on this bill. He has read it in its entirity.
July 22, 2000 - Membership in Communist Party can still cost some their jobs FREMONT, Calif. (AP) -- The Cold War is over, but that's hard to tell by looking at one California law that says belonging to the Communist Party could cost public employees their jobs.
The code dates from 1947 and states: "It shall be sufficient cause for the dismissal of any public employee when such public employee advocates or is knowingly a member of the Communist Party." Margaret Crosby, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union's Northern California office called the law "unconstitutional."
"The statute books, unfortunately, are full of laws that are unenforceable and unconstitutional," she said. "I think that if anyone took a look at this, it would be taken off the books -- and it should be."
The law still applies to all public service employees in state and local government.
"That's a wild one," said John Weed, president of the board of trustees of Fremont's community college, Ohlone College. Ohlone's board policy and regulations manual lists membership in the Communist Party as grounds for suspension or dismissal.
While the law may be outdated, it probably will not change unless someone challenges it, Crosby said.
"We would be very interested in hearing from anyone who'd been victimized by it," she said.
Twelve members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are from California.
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