Tuesday, March 01, 2005

So Far, So Walked Out

The Democrats threatened to walk out on the legislative proceedings, and so far, they've kept their word. Here's the lunchtime update, from the Star:
Bosma said House Republicans would return to the chamber about 11 a.m. to do business. But House Minority Caucus Chairman Dale Grubb, D-Covington, would not promise a return by Democrats. Only Democratic Reps. Chester Dobis, D-Merrillville, and Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, showed up at 11:15 a.m. as House Republicans tried to do business. They demanded a quorum call, which showed only 54 of 100 House members present, not enough to do business.

Another quorum call at noon also failed to produce enough House lawmakers to do business.

"Respectfully, Mr. Speaker, I cannot give you a time" when Democrats will return, Grubb told Bosma as Bosma pressed him.

Bosma had sad he hoped to resume at 2 p.m., but the Democrats remained in caucus.
Republicans control the chamber by a 52-48 margin, but two-thirds of members must be present in the chamber to do business.
The amazing thing is, the Democrats haven't put anything on the table. If I were going to throw up a roadblock like this, I would be saying that I want 'X' or 'Y' or 'Z' if I'm going to come back. Get something, for Pete's sake!

No, this is just posturing for its own sake. Power for power's sake. Zzzzzzzzzz.

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