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It’s that season, the prefiling of bills for the 2012 session of the Missouri General Assembly. From Senator Will Krause:


SENATE BILL NO. 473 [pdf]



Pre-filed December 1, 2011, and ordered printed.

TERRY L. SPIELER, Secretary.


To amend chapter 27, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to federal enforcement of immigration laws, with a referendum clause.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Chapter 27, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 27.125, to read as follows:

27.125. 1. The attorney general shall seek appropriate relief on behalf of the state and its officers to compel the federal government to enforce federal immigration laws upon the adoption of this section by the qualified voters of this state and in subsequent years when the attorney general determines in his or her discretion that such suit is necessary and proper or when the attorney general is directed to seek such relief by an executive order of the governor, a concurrent resolution of the general assembly, or a petition of the legal voters pursuant to chapter 116 that expresses the belief that the federal government has failed to enforce a provision of federal law relating to immigration.

2. Before commencing any action under subsection 1 of this section, the attorney general shall request the state auditor to submit a statement containing an itemization of costs incurred by the state and political subdivisions due to the federal government’s lack of enforcement of its immigration laws. The attorney general shall seek the recovery of those costs in any action commenced under subsection 1 of this section.

….This act is hereby submitted to the qualified voters of this state for approval or rejection at an election which is hereby ordered and which shall be held and conducted on Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2012….

Forcing the Attorney General of Missouri to sue the Federal government. That shouldn’t cost anything, right?

“…Senator Kraus has fought hard to protect the interests of the taxpayer and to promote fiscally sound budget practices for the state of Missouri…”

Let’s see, you think the right wingnut republican establishment has determined one of its wedge issues for the 2012 general election?