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The circus continues

Lawmakers are apparently going home today (thank goodness) after adjourning this week’s kangaroo session of the General Assembly. But lest anyone get the impression that the political sleight of hand and lack of process ran their course yesterday with the passage of the discrimination amendment, it should be noted that the circus continues.  

This morning, the House took up and passed a contoversial “conference committee report”  on a bill that amounted to a complete rewrite in which lawmakers inserted several pages of amendments on multiple topics unrelated to the original bill. The measure passed on a partisan vote over the objection of Democratic leaders.

In other words, once again, GOP leaders confirmed that their claims of being committed to openness and process are, in a word, baloney. 

 

2 Comments

  1. JeffS

    September 14, 2011 at 11:05 am

    While I don’t like multiple issues being rolled into one bill, these are clearly minor housekeeping tasks.

    I have to ask myself why it would pass on a “partisan vote”… meaning, why were democrats voting against it? What’s “controversial” about it?

    Seems like one of the least newsworthy events of the last year.

  2. Rob Schofield

    September 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Actually, there’s more to it than that — genuine substantive problems in the legislation that shouldn’t be dealt with at the last minute of an unnecessary session supposedly called on a different subject.