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.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Rep. Morita Escalates House Tricks

Yesterday's post discussed Representative Luke’s use of amendments to screw the public. Today we'll look at Rep. Hermina Morita's use of the same trick with an embellishment to really screw the public. Once again, waiting until Senator Menor (one of the few good guys in the capitol) announced his hearing on the Gas Cap, Rep. Morita, Chair Committee On Energy & Environmental Protection, announced her hearing for the same issue. This limits testimony by the public but not corporations nor government agencies. The limiting factor for the public is they cannot be in two places at once. Moreover, if this wasn't dirty enough Rep. Morita also did the amendment trick with the new wording only available in her office the day before the hearing. Just in case this wasn't dirty enough to limit testimony from the public her amendment was 61 pages long! That's right; this is not a typo, 61 pages in length! Is she kidding? Of course not, unless one has a staff there is no way one can emerge from this pile of paper to write and submit testimony 24 hours prior to the hearing which was scheduled for 9:00 A.M. Of course, all of the Oil Industry as well as Governor Lingle's appointed Department Heads were ready and they can be in two places at once because they all have large staffs. One testifier, the Lead Advocate for the Kokua Council on the Gas Cap issue began his testimony by saying his name and that he was representing the Kokua Council. He went on the say that you may have noticed that I didn't open with the traditional Honorable Chairs, Vice Chairs and members of the committees and this is because THERE IS NO HONOR ON YOUR SIDE OF THIS TABLE except for the Representative at the end of the table who was the only one who voted for the Gas Cap at the House floor vote. He then went on to complain about the 61 page amendment that was only available in room 314 and that he couldn't get to the capital to pick it up. Chair Morita interrupted to say that he could have phoned for help if he needed it. He responded by saying that he had no way to know this because the hearing notice only said it was available in Room 314 and nothing about help! He continued that his testimony was a waste of time and useless. He then ripped his written testimony in half, threw it in the air, and left the hearing room. So, for all practical purposes the trick worked at least as far as one testifier was concerned. Rep. Morita raised the bar for House tricks on the public and we believe crossed the line into dirty tricks. Future posts will Blast Gov. Lingle's Dept. Heads dancing around the Gas Cap issue with Mr. Liu receiving the Fred Astair Award for Best Dancer, a Blast at The Consumer Advocate, Blats at stupid Bills, and just to show that we are not mean spirited or only against Democrats some Blast 'em bouquets for a few of the good guys (not a generic term). If you would like to jump in with a blast of your own send an Email with your facts to: tell us if you want to be anonymous or if you want us to use your name. Happy Posting


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