Bill mandates that New Hampshire laws cite Magna Carta

Laws in the United States are supposed to take their legal precedent from the Constitution of the United States, but a new law proposed by Republicans in New Hampshire would require all legislation find its origin in the 800-year-old Magna Carta.

One sentence from the new bill states: “All members of the general court proposing bills and resolutions addressing individual rights or liberties shall include a direct quote from the Magna Carta which sets forth the article from which the individual right or liberty is derived.”

The legislation was crafted by freshmen lawmakers Bob Kingsbury of Laconia, Tim Twombly of Nashua and Lucien Vita of Middleton.

Have they actually read it?

According to the article, one of the bill's sponsors admits to, ahem, not actually knowing much about the Magna Carta.