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The death of a bill -- Part II
Posted at 2:35 PM on May 15, 2007 by Bob Collins (1 Comments)
Up until today, I could remember only one bill that died on the House or Senate floor.
Today, that reached two when the "call center" bill -- HF116 -- was killed in the Senate.
This is an odd bill that originally would've required call centers in foreign countries to send you back to the U.S. if you wished. That apparently was deleted from the bill (unless you're giving private information), as were a few other provisions, so that in the end the gist of the bill is if you asked the operator where he/she/it is located, they have to tell you.
Sen. Satveer Chaudhary called it differently, though. He called it an "it's OK to be angry" bill. And he gave a pretty impassioned speech this afternoon. (Listen in RealAudio).
This would likely be a law in Minnesota -- and MFL points would have gone to Reps. Atkins; Davnie; Abeler; Ozment; Johnson; Lesch; Moe; Lillie; Bigham; Loeffler -- had Chaudhary not spoken. Because they took the vote immediately afterwards and the tally kept shifting from 29 to 31 votes for vs. 31 to 29 votes against. A few seconds before it closed, with the bill looking like it would pass, someone switched, and the bill was killed on a 32-33 vote.
I actually watched a bit of the Senate today as my daughters were napping. One forgets how ugly democracy is sometimes. I saw part of Sen. Chaudhary's speech, and was very compelled to listen to his story, then watch it be defeated was interesting to behold.
I was a bit more astonished at the end though, as they were passing committee recomendations by the bucketload. Then Sen. Pogemiller trying to explain the plan for the remaining 6 days to Sen. Senjem was quite silly, as he seemed to be making it up as he was going along.