Friday, February 23, 2018

Need another reason to despise our local legislative scum? Legislators exempted themselves from state open records law.

Regular readers know that I made a request based on a court decision that the legislature is subject to open records law like anyone else so I could investigate Sen. Ann "Gas Tax" Rivers' corruption.

So, is anyone surprised that without debate... without any committee hearing... these scum shielded themselves from public examination?


Senate Bill 6617 was brought to the floor without any opportunity to take testimony or public input... no committee action of any kind (except, apparently, a "work session" where no public input was allowed). After all, we can't have  few hundred people show up to lynch us for screwing them, can we?

And the following local scum in the senate voted for it:

Rivers (of course) Wilson, Braun, King and, of course Cleveland.

About 10 minutes later, the House did the exact same thing: EVERY local House member (EXCEPT Kraft) voted for it.

Pike, Vick, Harris, Orcutt, Deboldt, Stonier, Wylie, Johnson and McCabe,

This bill, on the surface at least, appears to be unconstitutional in that it applies to records before the bill was passed and certainly before it was enacted.
Retroactivity. The bill is retroactive, applying to all records requests and lawsuits under the PRA as of the effective date of the act.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Not requested.

Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: No.

Effective Date: The bill contains an emergency clause and takes effect immediately.
Yeah, because, you know... it was an EMERGENCY for these scum to do this to us.

There is no excuse.  No reason.  Nothing that makes this bill...or the process used to get to it... acceptable.


Think about this the next time you object to the observation that there's zero difference between Republicans and democrats.

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