Stan Adelstein has been called a RINO by those on the radical religious right. Me too.
Where Stan and I separate is that Stan has been active in proposing tax increases at every opportunity. In this session he has said he will re-introduce his plan to increase the state sales tax during the summer.
I cannot think of another Republican lawmaker who has been less effective. Let's look at his 2011 record of bills he sponsored:
SB 104: Anti-bullying legislation to require school districts to adopt anti-bullying policies. Failed to get out of committee.
SB 105: A bill to require ignition interlock on second-offense DUI convicts' automobiles. Failed to get out of committee.
SB 115: A bill to prohibit the use of cell phones while driving. Failed to get out of committee.
SB 116: A bill to confiscate DUI convicts' license plates. Failed to get out of committee.
SB 117: A bill to prevent minors from using tanning devices. Failed to get out of committee.
SB 118: A bill to expand medicaid eligibility for pregnant women and to provide an appropriation therefor. Failed to get out of committee.
SB 151: Revise the grandfathering provisions and renewal requirements of massage therapy licensure. PASSED with amendments, signed by governor. This was a tax on massage therapy license holders who fail to renew their license 30 days prior to its expiration date.
SB 174: A bill to temporarily increase the state sales tax and use tax to fund the state budget shortfall and to declare an emergency. Failed to get a committee hearing.
SB 175: A bill to provide for the participation of independent voters in primary elections. Failed to get out of committee.
CO SPONSOR OF HOUSE LEGISLATION:
HB 1055: a bill to prohibit employers from restricting employees who are volunteer emergency responders in their response to emergencies during work hours. Failed to get out of committee.
HB 1130: A bill to allow certain adult children of overseas citizens to vote in the state. PASSED with three amendments. Signed by governor.
HB 1159: A bill to create and ombudsman position to assist taxpayers with property tax assessment appeals. Failed to get out of committee.
HB 1205: A bill to provide for the distribution of certain stimulus money to state aid to education. Tabled in committee.
HB 1253: A bill to establish provisions for military and overseas voters. Tabled in committee.
In 2009, Sen. Adelstein was eager to wage war on taxpayers when he sponsored SB 194 which increased fuel excise tax on ethanol blends. Failed to get out of committee.
In 2006 Sen. Adelstein sponsored SB 139, would would have allowed the state to confiscate motor vehicles driven by people who are DUI or who has no drivers license. Failed in committee.
In 2005, He was primary sponsor of a House Bill to increase tax on cigarettes. Failed to get out of committee.
He sponsored an increase the tax on alcoholic beverages, which never got to committee. This was the "per drink" tax that would have created a reporting nightmare for every wholesale and retail liquor distributor in the state.
He was the primary sponsor of a House bill to increase the school term and require taxpayers to provide for the costs associated with doing so. Killed in the education committee.
In 2004, he sponsored a bill to increase the tax on alcoholic beverages and revise the distribution of revenue. Died in committee.
He also sponsored HB 1170 which would have repealed the video lottery and replaced the revenue with increases in sales and use taxes. Tabled in committee.
In 2003, he again introduced HB 1204 the old per drink tax. That year he also introduced HC 101 which honored his son, Jonathan for his appointment to the Federal Communications Commission. (That one passed) He was the primary House Sponsor of SB 147 to increase the states percentage of the video lottery income, and SB 186 to impose additional tax on certain alcoholic beverages. Both died in committee.
He has obviously been an opponent of video lottery for some time and back in 2003, he was House sponsor of SB 191 which prevented people in the video lottery industry from contributing to political candidates. That one died too.
In 2003 he co sponsored a bill to impose a tax on cell phone companies. This was Passed with multiple amendments, vetoed by Gov. Rounds and both the House and Senate successfully voted to override the veto.
Also in 2003, he co-sponsored a bill to increase taxes on cigarettes, which passed.
The guy really hates booze and cigarettes. He introduced tax increases on both in 2001. Both bills failed.
He's also big on confiscating the license plates of people he believes can't afford their cars, having introduced legislation in a number of years to do just that, which has always been a failing effort.
All those years in the legislature and what he has to show for it is a series of efforts to tax individuals, businesses, industry. For many years, I have hated the term RINO. In Stan's case, with his love of every new tax that comes down the pike, RINO just might fit.