On New Mexico Laws

Two interesting legislative initiatives are winding their way through the New Mexico legislature.

One would deal with Pluto. A law was passed declaring March 13th, 2007 “Pluto Planet Day.” An excerpt from the legislation:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that, as Pluto passes overhead through New Mexico’s excellent night skies, it be declared a planet and that March 13, 2007 be declared “Pluto Planet Day” at the legislature.

So, as Pluto passes overhead in New Mexico, it shall be a planet, not a whatever it is now.

Of course, this strikes me as legislatively silly as Indiana’s law setting pi at exactly 3. Not 3.1415 etc. Exactly 3.

Indiana’s just a weird fucking place.

I digress.

Two, the New Mexico legislature has taken up impeachment resolutions against President Bush and Vice-President Cheney. It seems that by the Rules of the House of Representatives articles of Impeachment can be sent by the states.

I don’t quite understand how this works. I don’t believe it’s ever been done before. Though I approve of the ends it all seems a little impractical to me.

Hmm, maybe I’ll write my own elected officials and ask them to take up the twin causes of Pluto planethood and executive branch impeachments. 🙂

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A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

5 thoughts on “On New Mexico Laws

  1. Cool. I’m writing Rocky Anderson about the impeachment initiative. As far as Pluto, I don’t give a rat’s ass what the “scientists” say, Pluto’s been a planet throughout my (long 60 years) lifetime, so it’s still a planet AFAIC.

    Of course, I’m not doing DST either….

  2. Heh. Geoff, my guess is it’s okay for AG to use the “f” word, but it whacked your quote in the comment because it was there?

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