Blast 'em

This Blast 'em blog is going to shine a much needed bright light on legislative shanigans. We will provide details of the wrong doing, give names of the doer, and describe the ramifications to the public. Initially we will focus primarily on consumer issues.

Friday, March 24, 2006

The Latest Tricks In The House

This was an interesting week for tricks in the State House of Representatives, the first trick came to light Tuesday, March 23, 2006. Representative Sylvia Luke, Chair of the Committee On Judiciary took a campaign reform bill, designed to prevent lobbyists and their cohorts from making campaign contributions during the session, and stripped out all the language (amended) and inserted language to kill the Sunshine Law. Moreover, to see the new amendment one had to go to her office to pick up a copy. Failure to do so meant that any testimony one planned to submit would be focused on incorrect data and a complete waste of time because the testimony would be off subject, a new twist on "heads I win, tails you lose". The bottom line: Rep. Luke's way of killing two birds with one stone.

The Sunshine Law is a great piece of legislation which provides access to government documents and forces meeting to be open to the public and prevents behind closed door deals.

The hearing didn't end as she expected, a rare public outcry by a number of activists forced the Bills defeat. However, the game wasn't over, just went into extra innings. The real travesty here is that the original campaign reform bill shows as being defeated and no reference is made to the attempt to kill the Sunshine Law. Rep. Luke raised the bar on dirty tricks by making it look like nothing happened. Folks, we couldn't make this stuff up, we are sure dealing with some mighty crafty people. For all the dirty details of this trick click on:

Tomorrow we'll cover the next step in this unbelievable screwing of the public by our elected representatives, specifically Rep. Hermina M. Morita, Chair of the Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection.


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