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Representative Rick Brattin (R) has some difficulty with the concept of intercollegiate athletes in Missouri exercising the First Amendment. People are noticing.

Via Twitter:

Nicholson121415

Subtle.

Sean Nicholson ‏@ssnich
I am surprised @RickBrattin filed a stupid bill. #moleg 5:31 PM – 14 Dec 2015

That’s one word for it.

Representative Rick Brattin (r) on the House floor [2013 file photo].

Representative Rick Brattin (R) on the House floor [2013 file photo].

The full bill text:

SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 1743 [pdf]
98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE BRATTIN.
4679H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To amend chapter 173, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to collegiate athletes, with a penalty provision.

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

Section A. Chapter 173, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be 2 known as section 173.1650, to read as follows:
173.1650. 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any college athlete who calls, incites, supports, or participates in any strike or concerted refusal to play a scheduled game shall have his or her scholarship revoked.
2. Any member of a coaching staff who encourages or enables a college athlete to engage in behavior prohibited under subsection 1 of this section shall be fined by his or her institution of employment.
3. The department of higher education shall promulgate all necessary rules and regulations for the administration of this section. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable, and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2016, shall be invalid and void.

[emphasis in original]

“…Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any college athlete who calls, incites, supports, or participates in any strike or concerted refusal to play a scheduled game shall have his or her scholarship revoked…”

So, wearing an armband in solidarity would be a punishable offense? Just asking.

“…Any member of a coaching staff who encourages or enables a college athlete to engage in behavior prohibited under subsection 1 of this section shall be fined by his or her institution of employment…”

Oh, really?

We’re not at all surprised by Representative Brattin’s (r) legislative priorities. Not at all.

Previously:

The power (sometimes) of speaking out (November 8, 2015)

“Is there a proper blessing for the Missouri House?” (December 12, 2015)