Week 10 Legislative Session: All About Racism

Week 10 Legislative Session: All About Racism

Racism continues to play a role in the rhetoric of political leaders this legislative session. Last week a comment by Rep. Olsen (R- Roland) compared abortion to both slavery and the holocaust. As of the writing of this article, Rep. Olsen has stood firmly behind his...
Week 9 Legislative Session: A Lesson in Germaneness

Week 9 Legislative Session: A Lesson in Germaneness

This was a week of committee substitutes and flexing of House rules to manipulate the passing of controversial partisan legislation. We see this every year. Last year, most notably, a bill reinstating barriers to voting after the State Supreme Court ruled them...
Week 6 Legislative Session: Late nights Lead to Long Week

Week 6 Legislative Session: Late nights Lead to Long Week

This week marked the passing of another deadline. Tuesday saw legislators on the floor past 1:00 AM. It’s been a long week for us all, to say the least. Thursday’s deadline signaled all bills that had not been heard and voted off the floor in their chamber of origin...
Week 5 Legislative Session: Bills Reach the Floor

Week 5 Legislative Session: Bills Reach the Floor

This week was spent hearing bills that passed through committee and made it on to the Floor to be voted on by the entire chamber of origin. All bills that passed through committee by last Thursday, are now vying for an opportunity to be heard on the House or Senate...
Week 4 Legislative Session: Deadline Week

Week 4 Legislative Session: Deadline Week

Last week was a deadline week, meaning any bills that did not make it out of their committees are dead. We can all breathe a sigh of relief that bills such as SB 803, which would have made teaching systemic racism and gender discrimination a dangerous line to toe for...

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