The house debated and passed (60-38) the amendment before getting to the SYG bill. It's just a first step, and the earliest it could go to the electorate for ratification would be 2013.
The operative text is:"The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed ."
The absence of the supposedly qualifying phrase in the federal Constitution stands out, doesn't it? Go Hawks! :)
There's more wordage, but it's stictly procedural.
Timing of the stand-your-ground action isn't clear yet.
SYG just passed.
And I've just learned there are dueling sources on the content of the constitutional amendment. The Des Moines Register now says:
Under a tweak to the amendment’s language approved during the debate this evening, it now bars the state from infringing or denying a person’s right to “acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms” and would prohibit firearm licensing, registration or special taxation in addition to echoing the language of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
It should all be sorted out by morning. See you then. Tired of damn near live-blogging this.