Off to a flying stop
Posted at 10:15 AM on January 25, 2007 by Bob Collins
If you wanted to see a completely worthless floor session, today's House Floor Session -- special Palooza edition -- would qualify. Lasting under 10 minutes, the lawmakers accepted minutes, gave bills the second reading and recognized some people from a school in Hastings. Whew! I'm bushed just keeping track of it!
For the record, Floor Session Palooza points went to Reps. Kelliher, Morgan, Lesch, Kalin and Sertich.
One thing that has struck me as interesting. There's all sorts of rather meaningless (in the big picture) acceptance of "non controversial" motions at the beginnings of sessions. In fact, you can read them online here. The speaker of the House puts dispensing with the reading of these (which would take awhile) and puts accepting them as filed to a vote. It's one of those automatic things.
Usually a smattering of disinterested "ayes" follows, and then the speaker says "all opposed," and someone -- and I'm not so sure, is organizing a very loud, if not numerous, "nooooooooo." And then the speaker always says "the ayes have it," even if they don't.
I'm wondering what the "no" folks are looking for here?