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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Republicans defeat bill to assess "constitutional" cost of legislation

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Of course the House Rules Committee (controlled by House Speaker Jeremy Gillam) defeated Democratic Rep. Camille Benett's proposed HB 1822 to allow the request of a "constitutional issue assessment" by the attorney general.

In other words, a committee member hearing a bill could ask for an opinion on a bill's constitutionality and the cost of defending a legal challenge. Already, cost impact of legislation is required in many cases.

Rep. Mary Broadaway presented the bill. She said it was fiscally responsible.

Sure. But fiscal responsibility bows to ideology every time when it comes to Republican faith: Restricting women's medical rights; discriminating against gay people; suppressing minority voters; limiting the right to petition government; restricting 1st Amendment rights. Legislate now and if somebody can get some money together to sue, pay later. No cost is too much for defense of ideology.

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