On the lighter side, the following are actual bills pending before either
the United States Senate or the House of Representatives. These may be
mere resolutions, declarations of policy or actual statutes. As presented
here, they may sound "silly" and some may be but keep in mind,
there may be sound underlying reasons and at this point, they are just
Five More Minutes, Please. House Congressional Bill 227 urges all secondary
schools to start after 9:00am in order to give "adolescents enough
time to sleep so they can realize their full academic potential".
"Play" Is Important Too! Senate Bill 651, entitled the "Play
Every Day Act", encourages 30 minutes of physical activity per day
for kids, families and communities.
Who's Calling? House Bill 251 would make it a crime to manipulate caller
It's Not My War! House Bill 3190 would allow individuals to "opt
out" of the Iraq war by directing that their income, estate or gifts
taxes not be used in furtherance of the Iraq war.
Not Without My Turtle! Senate Bill 540 seeks to require the Food and Drug
Administration to permit the sale of baby turtles as pets (as long as
the seller uses proven methods for treating salmonella, of course).
Mini-Me? House Bill 2560 would prohibit all forms of human cloning. And
you'd better obey a violation of the law would be punishable by 10
years in prison and a $10 million fine.
Take That %*#@ Back to Your Own State! House Bill 274 would impose severe
limitations on the interstate transportation of solid municipal waste.
Lucas, Get Out of There! House Bill 1173 would require the federal Consumer
Product Safety Commission to set safety standards to prevent injuries
caused by vending machines. The most important part? Emergency release
handles for children that get stuck inside a machine.
Go Bruins! Senate Resolution Bill 257 seeks to officially congratulate
the University of California, Los Angeles for becoming the first university
to win 100 NCAA Division I titles.
You can look up the status of these bills or search for more fun ones at
the Library of Congress website (http://www.loc.gov/).