Usually naming laws after people is reserved for bringing positive legislative triumphs out of tragic events.
Lawmakers passed Kevin’s Law earlier this year, closing a loophole in state law that allowed drunk drivers to avoid DUI charges by fleeing the scene of a crash. It was named for 5-year-old Kevin Miller, killed by a hit-and-run driver in Wilkes-Barre just before Christmas in 2012.
Then there’s David’s Law, also passed this year. It gives “Good Samaritans” who help overdose victims immunity from criminal prosecution and also makes an anti-overdose drug more available in Pennsylvania. It’s named after David Massi II, who died of a drug overdose in 2013.
Then there’s the well-known Megan’s Law, which makes information about registered sex offenders available to the public and is named for a 7-year-old girl who was raped and killed in 1994.
That’s what usually happens in Pennsylvania, but last week, Pennsylvania Republicans introduced Mary’s Law, a coy “right-to-work” esque law that is named after a conservative activist and attacks a union’s ability to collect dues.
Mary’s Law, formerly known as “Paycheck Protection,” is named after Mary Trometer,” a college professor whose husband received a letter from two teachers’ unions urging him to join his wife in voting for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf in the Nov. 4 election.” Republican Senators John Eichelberger, Gene Yaw and Ryan Aument signed onto a co-sponsorship memo that props up Mary’s heartbreaking, life altering and tragic set of circumstances to diminish public sector unions ability to collect dues money and ultimately attacking the rights of working class people.