Libertas Legislator Profiles
Legislator Profile: Representative Norman Thurston
Libertas Legislator Index Rankings
The following rating measures how consistently this legislator votes in support of individual liberty, private property, and free enterprise. To learn more, see the main index page.
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Sponsored Ranked Bills
This legislator was the sponsor of the following bills, which were ranked by Libertas Institute in their respective year's Legislator Index.
- HB155: Driving Under the Influence and Public Safety Revisions (2017)
This bill lowered the legal blood alcohol concentration level from 0.08% to 0.05%, criminalizing a whole host of drivers who have not harmed another person or property.
This bill passed the House 48-26 and passed the Senate 17-12. Libertas supports a "nay" vote, because according to data from the state, the average BAC level for DUI arrestees is nearly 0.15%, almost twice the existing legal limit. Lowering this limit has the effect of criminalizing people who may be unwisely driving after a drink or two, but who are not necessarily impaired nor recklessly driving.
- HB67: Allowing Guns on Buses (2016)
Prior to this bill, a person who boarded a bus with a firearm—except for law enforcement officials and concealed weapon permit holders—was guilty of a third degree felony. This bill eliminated this penalty enhancement, making the carrying of a firearm consistent with being on other property.
This bill passed in the House 59-12 and passed in the Senate 24-2. Libertas Institute supports a "yea" vote, because the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental and should not be infringed; carrying a gun on a bus should not be treated differently from carrying one on a sidewalk.
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