is this true or... ?

Speaking on Deep Background, the Press Secretary whispered:

Uhm, I don't think you can blame the legislators for this one. Almost
identical legislation being introduced in six different states? I suspect
an outside influence was involved in drafting the proposed legislation.

It is amazing how many in the public think their legislators
actually draft those laws that get voted upon. In realty, many
bills are presented to the Hill Critter by the lobbyist; be it
one from an ILEC, the FBI [excuse me, we call those "Legislative
Affairs Branch employees"], drug company, Perdue, Ashcroft, etc.

Sure the words might get massaged a little, later on, but....
And in all cases, remember the lesson of Watergate:
  Follow The Money
to figure out where the bill came from initially.