Nine Batty Tea Party Bills
Tea Partiers are busy at the statehouse level
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2011 4:41 PM CST
Tea Party Patriot and Captain America Jim Griffen of Fort Washington, Md., takes part in an election day demonstration on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – Tea Partiers are taking their fight to state halls around the country, and Justin Elliott over at Salon rounds up some of the more creative pieces of legislation they've put on the table. Without ado:

  • Yay, global warming: Montana not only wants to proclaim that global warming is a natural occurrence" but also that it's "beneficial to the welfare and business climate of Montana."

  • Screw you, Uncle Sam: Montana also is considering at least six bills that would nullify federal legislation, including health reform, gun control, and the Endangered Species Act. Elliott notes that the last time similar laws were introduced, a little thing called the Civil War resulted.
  • No gays: The "Religious Conscience Protection Act" would make it legal for Iowans to essentially discriminate against anyone "involved in a marriage that violates his or her religious convictions."
  • Show and Tell for Barack: Connecticut is considering legislation to force presidential and vice presidential candidates to show their birth certificates; it would cover President Obama's 2012 bid.

    Click for the Georgia lawmaker who wants to do away with driver's licenses, or for the rest of the list.