Thursday, April 03, 2008


New record set for blindsiding public?

by Larry Geller

As you may know, there's supposed to be 48 hours notice given for a hearing at the Legislature.

As you may know, lawmakers often don't follow the rules.

Today a new record may have been set for rulebreaking. Check it out:

New State Record

Yup, the public had all of 19 minutes notice, assuming the Sergeant-at-Arms did his work real fast. I hope you didn't intend to give testimony on any of the affected bills... tough luck.

Click the above for the complete hearing notice, as posted on the Capitol website, complete with the date stamp as pictured.

You may also wonder what's going on here. There are a few important bills on the agenda, shouldn't they re-hear the whole lot?

This sort of thing might push me to think we really should have a ConCon, in order to bring an end to the constant abuses at our state legislature.

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You should have posted the instructions regarding testimony, which indicate;

"Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 seconds prior to the hearing with a transmittal cover indicating..."

At least they have a sense of humor?

I didn't see that... thanks for pointing it out.

I thought April Fools Day was a couple of days ago...

It really does say 24 seconds!

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