Legislative Update from Rep. Frank Iler – June 5, 2017

Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives we spent almost every waking hour on the 2017 – 2019 state budget, we handled approximately 100 amendments to the budget, and approved the House budget in the early hours Friday morning.

Even before the week started I was privileged to visit Belville Elementary School the previous Friday at the request of one of the outstanding school parent volunteers.  Also meeting the Principal, Dr. Rick Hessman, and Ms. Jessica Swencki from the central office, I was able to get a good tour of the classrooms that will be impacted by the reduced class size legislation that has passed and which is still in progress. 

The week started early Tuesday, where we adjourned for important committee meetings and came back for an afternoon session filled with bills involving broadband siting, a sex offender registry fee, tax policy, and other important subjects. 

Wednesday was selected for the all day House Appropriations Committee meeting to present the House budget and take amendments from the more than 70 members of the committee.  We started at 8:30 and were able to finish by 4:30.  Frequently, this meeting can go well past dinner hour.  We were able to handle 60 amendments and vote the bill out in record time.  I was involved in presenting the transportation portion of the budget, but had comments on the education budget, particularly on two items.  One provision brings back the Teaching Fellows program, which I supported.  I expressed some concern over Community Colleges joining their Information Technology (IT) system with the state’s IT department (DIT).  The colleges don’t think it is helpful at this time.  This was later corrected by amendment. 

After being voted out of committee, Senate Bill 257 – Appropriations Act of 2017, better known as the budget, moved to the House floor on Thursday.  After handling 40 more amendments  in the late afternoon and night it passed second reading about 10:00 by a vote of 82 – 34.  It was a bipartisan vote with 12 Democrats joining 70 Republicans to pass it.  Friday morning we reconvened after midnight and voted it out 80 – 31 around 12:30.

The House general fund budget spends $22.9 billion in 2017-2018 and $23.8 billion in 2018-2019.  Education comprises 57% of the budget in both years.  The Medicaid portions are $3.7 billion in the first year and $3.8 billion in the second.  With Education taking 57%, Health and Human Services taking 23%, and Justice and Public Safety taking 12%, this allows 8% to run all the other departments of state government, except transportation.

Transportation is a separate budget, funded by the motor fuels taxes, highway use taxes on vehicle sales, and DMV fees.  Transportation spends $2.3 billion in the Highway Fund to maintain roads, bridges, ferries, and all other related infrastructure.  The Highway Trust Fund, which builds new roads, bridges and other infrastructure spends $1.5 billion in the first year and $1.6 billion in the second.  Some additional federal funds can supplement this construction.

The budget now goes to the Senate for a concurrence vote, and we expect them to not concur. Conferees will be appointed, and we will negotiate the differences to come up with a consensus budget to be adopted by both chambers.

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Legislative Update from Rep. Frank Iler – May 30, 2017

Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives we had a session at the old Capitol building to honor the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, we finished the individual sections of the House state budget, and we passed the budget sections out of committees.

The week started early on Monday afternoon for me when I had to attend a special ethics class for General Assembly members who also serve on state boards.  My service on the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees puts me in that category, and the requirements on attending ethics classes are strict. 

Immediately after the ethics class the Transportations Appropriations Committee chairs were meeting in our continuing effort to finish the Transportation portion of the House budget.  We were finished and had our last meeting with the chairs of the full Appropriations Committee by Wednesday.  The plan was to pass our budget by Thursday out of the full House Appropriations Committee on Transportation.  As we were meeting constantly, there were only a few votes on bills in the House and in committees.

However, on Wednesday we had a special event to honor the first Declaration of Independence.  We met in the old Capitol building in the same seats as generations of legislators had met for nearly 200 years until 1963.  House Resolution 922 – Observe Mecklenburg Independence Day was read, debated, and passed unanimously.  A group of Mecklenburg elected representatives met on May 19, 1775 and reacted to the news that colonists had been killed by the British in Lexington by drafting five resolutions declaring freedom for the residents of Mecklenburg from Great Britain. It passed and was read on the courthouse steps in Charlotte the next day, May 20, 1775.  This date is immortalized on the North Carolina flag and state seal.

Also on Wednesday, while we were waiting for our turn with the full chairs, I was able to have visitors such as the home builders from our area and three other groups of citizens.  A special treat was a surprise visit from Mayor Walt Eccard of Shallotte.  As usual, he was advocating for our whole area, particularly in regards to the sales tax distribution plan in the proposed budgets.  Also, as Chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Organization connected to the Grand Strand, he had good updated information on the study area for North Carolina’s portion of the Carolina Bays Parkway.  It is more comprehensive than the original maps from 2005, and takes into account the development areas, as well as environmental concerns.  We also had a chance to share lunch, where I was able to introduce Walt to some of my House and Senate colleagues.

Finally, on Thursday, after approval of the full Appropriations chairs on Wednesday, our excellent staff had our House Transportation budget ready for approval of the full Transportation Appropriations Committee.  After a great presentation by said staff, discussion by the committee, and consideration of several amendments it passed, mainly on a party line vote. 

This week, the entire House budget will be published by Tuesday, and an all day House Appropriations meeting on Wednesday will see it amended and passed.  Floor votes should take place on Thursday and Friday, and it will go back to the Senate for concurrence.

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Legislative Update from Rep. Frank Iler – May 22, 2017

Last week was an unusual week in the North Carolina House of Representatives We worked into the night on the state budget, we passed bills concerning juvenile justice and shared medical expenses, and I was able to attend an important event two states away.        

This article is being written on a beautiful Saturday morning in north Georgia, just outside of Atlanta.  I will explain near the end.

With the Senate having sent their budget to the House at the end of the prior week, we got to work early Tuesday morning and had constant appropriations meetings into the early or late evening for most of the week.  Each of the “area” appropriations committee chairs were meeting separately and then reporting to the “full” chairs periodically.  In my case, I was meeting with the other appropriations chairs on transportation.  Our budget comes from the highway use tax when one buys a car, the motor fuel tax at the gas pump, and other fees related to vehicle usage.  It also includes boating fees and boat fuel tax, as well as some federal funds.  What many citizens don’t realize is that this is separate from the general fund budget, which is funded by income taxes, sales taxes, and other taxes and fees.  The transportation budget is averaging about $4 billion, while the general fund budget for everything else is about $23 billion.  With the $4 billion, all highways must be built and maintained, ferries, ports and trains must operate, dredging must take place, roadsides must be maintained, and all other transportation needs must be funded.

During the week we also passed two important bills on the House floor.  House Bill 280 – Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act raises the age of juveniles to include 16 and 17 year olds on misdemeanors and minor felonies.  It was thoroughly vetted in the Appropriations and Judiciary committees, and passed the House by a vote of 104 – 8.  House Bill 295 – Health Care Sharing Expenses Deductions makes the monthly or annual contributions to a health care expense sharing fund deductible on state income taxes, the same as premiums on health insurance.  These funds have the same function as health insurance, and now will be treated the same.  It passed unanimously 114 – 0.

On a personal note, I was able to break away Thursday afternoon to travel to suburban Atlanta, Georgia.  The occasion was the graduation from high school of my late wife’s granddaughter, Meredith.  Having known Meredith and her family long before she was born, I naturally claim her as my own granddaughter.  The graduation ceremony of 100 graduates from her Christian academy last night was very moving, helping us focus on those things that are important to us, such as family, friends, education, and determination to accomplish a goal.  She was recognized as top ten in her class.  She is moving on to the University of Georgia, just a short distance up the road in Athens, and will certainly continue to excel both inside and outside the classroom. 

I will now be driving back to North Carolina for another granddaughter’s soccer game in Iredell County, then home to Brunswick County.

This week I will be back in Raleigh by Monday, and will be focused on getting the budget approved by all the necessary committees and ready for the House floor.  I have to thank my fellow transportation appropriations chairs and our talented staff in fiscal research and bill drafting for the extremely hard work and long hours last week and in the days to come.

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Legislative Update from Rep. Frank Iler – May 15, 2017

Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives we overrode the Governor’s veto on a bill for the fourth time, we handled bills concerning the juvenile justice system and restaurants, and we saw the senate pass their budget and send it to us in the House.

Our committees started meeting again last week and sent bills to the House floor for final votes.  But first, a vote was scheduled on Wednesday for a veto override on House Bill 467 – Agriculture and Forestry Nuisance Remedies.  This bill dealt with the ability of a homeowner to sue a farm operation by capping the compensatory damages to the loss in property value.  This is due to repetitive lawsuits for a temporary nuisance.  They still have the ability to sue for permanent nuisance, receive unlimited punitive damages, get injunctive relief, sue for trespass, environmental issues, and what lawyers call strict liability.  The veto was overridden by a vote of 74 – 40 in the House.  The next day the Senate overrode it by 30 – 18.  So the bill becomes law “notwithstanding the objections of the Governor”.

House Bill 280 – Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act came to the House Appropriations Committee Thursday morning.  It moves the age of juveniles in the justice system up to include 16 and 17 year olds.  This way they will get more counseling services and not be incarcerated with adults.  This applies to misdemeanor charges and minor felonies.  This issue had come up before, but this time it had wide support from county officials and some Sheriffs and District Attorneys, including Brunswick County.  However, many concerns were expressed about the funding to pay for the additional staff and other resources to deal with the change.  It is expected that the funding will follow through the budget process.  HB 280 received strong support in the Appropriations Committee and should be on the House floor for a vote this week.

A bill of interest to our small business people in the restaurant industry came over from the Senate and was passed on Thursday.  Senate Bill 24 – Allow Restaurants to Use Outdoor Grills allows outdoor grills under strict conditions.  It passed by a unanimous vote of 113 – 0.

At the end of the week the Senate finished its version of the budget bill, Senate Bill 257 – Appropriations Act of 2017, on two votes Thursday and Friday.  It now comes to the House, and we will be meeting early and often to finish the House version and send it back to the Senate.  As usual, we expect it to go into a conference committee to work out the differences.  The weather in Raleigh is expected to heat up this week and the budget talks will be heating up also.

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Legislative Update from Rep. Frank Iler – May 8, 2017

Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly we hosted the UNC Tarheels national champion basketball team, we had a short week in the House of Representatives while the Senate worked on the state budget, and I was able to spend more time back in the district talking to our citizens.

Last Wednesday, we were honored to host the UNC Tarheels men’s basketball team in a joint session with the N.C. Senate.  The Senators came over to the House, and we heard about ten testimonies from our members about the accomplishments of the team and its individual members, both on and off the court.  Coach Roy Williams then spoke to us about the uniqueness of the team and how they rose from a challenging season to win the national NCAA championship.  He mentioned his passion for education and encouraged us to make it a priority.  It was a proud time for all North Carolinians, whether or not they attended UNC.

Having had a huge prior week of committee meetings and floor sessions during “crossover week”, most House committees took a break last week while we wait for the Senate bills that crossed over to come into our committees.  The Senate was working very hard on the state budget in hopes that they will pass it over to the House buy the end of this week.  Then our Finance and Appropriations committees will be meeting almost every day to craft the House version.  Having met earlier with many Senators, the House budget writers hope to have a smooth process and stay on schedule for a June 30th budget.

Given more time back home last week, I was able to attend more events and meet with groups of citizens and individuals.  Starting on the previous Saturday, I was privileged to unveil a road sign to be placed at the entrance to Southport that honors Quinton McCracken.  Mr. McCracken was a star athlete at South Brunswick High School, at Duke University, and in Major League Baseball.  It is important to recognize our accomplished local citizens that go on to become good role models for us and our youth.  The same day I was at the other side of the county at a fund raiser for the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach, called the Winefest. I saw many of our leaders and other citizens from that area.

On Monday, I was in the northernmost corner of the county at Brunswick Forest, speaking and discussing issues with a group of residents.  We discussed many things, but they were very concerned about the environment and education.  I share their concerns, although we may disagree sometimes on the methods or details.

After visiting all three corners of the county during the week, on Friday I was able to attend the Brunswick County Republican Party’s Lincoln – Reagan Dinner.  There, many of our leaders in the county were able to hear Senator Phil Berger, President Pro Tem of the N.C. Senate.  Senator Berger, a good friend from Eden, NC, spoke of the accomplishments since becoming the President Pro Tem in 2011.

This week I expect to see the budget from the Senate and get back to work on it.  Many bills that crossed over from the Senate, as well as bills not subject to crossover should be coming through our committees very soon.

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Legislative Update from Rep. Frank Iler – May 1, 2017

Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives: we had “crossover week,” which meant double committee meetings and long floor sessions, we passed over 150 bills, including two overrides of the Governor’s veto, and we still spent time with important visitors from home.

The week started earlier than usual with committee meetings on Monday, beginning at noon.  We had a two hour House Transportation Committee meeting, as well as another hour meeting on Tuesday.  I also had multiple Education, Elections, Environment, and Insurance committee meetings sandwiched between each other all week.  During crossover week, we must pass all bills that we want to get to the Senate this session by the deadline, except bills with a Finance or Appropriations referral, such as the budget bill.  This deadline was Thursday.  After meeting in committees all morning, the floor sessions started around 2:00 and lasted into the night.  Tuesday we were finished at 10:15, and Wednesday it was 11:30.  Having handled over 100 bills in these two days alone, we were able to start early Thursday and adjourn soon after 4:00 p.m.

Without listing all the bills we passed individually, some of the key issues were as follows: Override of the Governor’s vetoes on the bipartisan boards of election and reducing the Court of Appeals to 12 judges; restoring free speech to college campuses; insuring that cities comply with immigration laws; law enforcement bills dealing with cameras, process servers, and whistleblowers; putting a right to work amendment into the N.C. Constitution; and giving local school districts more flexibility on reducing class sizes in the kindergarten through third grade classes (the famous House Bill 13).  There were many other bills dealing with veterans, active military, medical and mental health, criminal penalties, etc.

Tuesday night we got a dinner break and I was able to attend a reception that the N.C. Association of Realtors hosted at the N.C. Museum of History, which is right across Jones Street from the Legislative Building.  It was great to see a group of our realtors from across Brunswick County, and to discuss their legislative priorities.  This is a very active group, and one with which I like to stay in touch. Between the real estate sales and the vacation rentals, they manage a huge portion of our economy in this area. 

This week I anticipate a looser schedule for the House while the Senate works hard on its final draft of their budget.  Very soon they will send it over, and my early mornings will be filled with budget meetings.  So far we are staying on track to have the two-year budget for the state by June 30th.  We will also be considering the many Senate bills that crossed over to the House and are being assigned to our committees for approval.

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Legislative Update from Rep. Frank Iler – Apr. 24, 2017

Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives we had more frequent and busier committee meetings, we had more urgency in longer House floor sessions, and we saw the Governor veto two of our bills.
 
First, prior to going to Raleigh, I had a couple of days in the district, due to the long Easter weekend.  On Monday, I had a meeting with a group of citizens in the Schooner Point community of Ocean Isle Beach.  We had a great discussion and chance to improve communication with their state government. 
 
Tuesday I had my car in the shop for a tire issue.  After 80,000 miles in the past 2 years and 3 months, I was wondering what it was worth and what kind of deals the dealership might have.  Their sales professionals picked up on this, and when I returned Friday we traded for the same model, 2 years newer.  (After 4 of their cars, I can recommend buying in Brunswick County and buying an American brand).  I seem to put excess miles on a car every 2 or 3 years, not only by trips to Raleigh, but also running around the county meeting with groups, community leaders, and individuals.  There seems to be a meeting or two every day I am home.  Fortunately, I enjoy it and it keeps me in touch.
 
Wednesday, we returned to Raleigh, starting early, and looking forward to two or three very busy days.  At least 12 committees met between 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., some meeting at the same time.  Our House Transportation Committee was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday, and we handled six bills.  Some committees had a dozen or more bills to handle in an hour meeting.  Many of the bills go through multiple committees, so they get a thorough vetting in spite of the rapid pace.  Wednesday’s floor session started at 4:00, and we had many of the bills that had passed out of the committees during the day added to the calendar for votes. 
 
Thursday, over 25 bills were on the calendar for House floor votes. Bills were added to the calendar, so the total was over 35.  One bill that had some controversy was House Bill 110 – DOT/DMV Changes – Megaproject Funding.  It was composed of the changes in the laws requested by DOT, but also contained a provision for transportation projects over the $200 million cap now in place. After a good debate, it was passed 65 – 50.  We expect a good debate in the Senate, and possible changes.  We started at 2:00 and adjourned before 6:00.  Friday’s session was a “no vote” session, so I was able to return home by 9:00.Thursday night.
 
We got word that the Governor had vetoed two bills on Thursday,  House Bill 239 – Reduce Court of Appeals to 12 Judges and Senate Bill 68 – Bipartisan Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.  They are scheduled for veto override votes this Wednesday.
 
This week is “crossover week”, meaning any bills not passed out of the House or Senate and crossed over to the other chamber will be dead for this session.  This does not apply to finance and appropriations bills, such as the budget.  We are starting our meetings early Monday, and may be here to very late Thursday.

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Legislative Update from Rep. Frank Iler – April 17, 2017

Last week at the North Carolina House of Representatives we had a record number of bills filed, we met constantly in committees with full agendas, and had two long floor sessions before adjourning for an Easter break.
 
The number of bills filed in the House almost doubled last week in just the two days we were in Raleigh.  With the filing deadline coming last Tuesday, the number of bills filed is up to over 850.  As many know, about half of the bills are usually heard, and less than a third pass the House and Senate.  I have filed five bills the last few weeks.  The Senate was filing bills at a fast pace also. 
 
Again last week we had committee meetings every hour, back to back and sometimes at the same time.  One can be required to attend one committee while also required to present a bill for approval in another committee.  Our House Transportation Committee, which I chaired, had seven bills on the announced agenda, but two were removed by the bill sponsors, so we heard five.  These bills either are referred directly to the House floor or to another committee, such as Finance.
 
Our House floor sessions on Monday and Tuesday lasted between three and four hours each day.  Many bills coming from the committees were added to the calendar and voted up or down on the floor.  The most controversial bills were House Bill 467 – Agriculture and Forestry Nuisance Remedies on Monday and Senate Bill 68 – Bipartisan Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.  HB – 467 limits the amount of compensatory damages a plaintiff can receive for a temporary nuisance from a neighboring property, such as a hog farm.  They can still get unlimited punitive damages, as well as injunctive relief, damages for trespass, environmental issues, and strict liability.  In layman’s terms, this affected only one type of a half dozen forms of damages for which one can sue.  It was an effort to relieve defendants from repetitive temporary nuisance suits rather than permanent nuisances.  This bill passed 68 – 47, and now goes to the Senate.
 
SB – 68 came back to the House for a concurrence vote, as it had been in a conference committee to work out the differences between the House and senate versions. It reorganizes the State Board of Elections to make it equal by political party, rather than the current system in which it is dominated by the Governor’s party.  It also includes the state ethics commission and lobbying oversight into the same board under the SBOE.  It passed 71 – 43 in the House and 29 – 13 in the Senate and went to the Governor on Tuesday.
 
After a week’s work in two days we were released for a six day Easter break, returning this Wednesday.  I hope everyone had a good Easter.  I know many people were at the coast in Brunswick County enjoying the beautiful beach weather.

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Legislative Update from Rep. Frank Iler – April 10, 2017

Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives: we passed a major regulations bill that helped Brunswick County, we passed a revision of the state board of elections, and we passed school calendar bills that I opposed.

Committees were meeting every hour last week, sometimes two and three at a time. Most committees had multiple bills before them, often a half dozen or dozen at a time.  For example, the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday handled seven bills. 

One of the bills that made it through the committee process and appeared on the House floor on Wednesday was Senate Bill 131 – Regulatory Reform Act of 2016-2017.  One of the many provisions in this bill relieved several counties from the emissions inspections on automobiles.  Brunswick was one of the counties on the list that was struck out, and will no longer be required to have the emissions inspections.  The safety inspections must still be done.  It passed 87 – 29 on Wednesday and 84-27 on third reading on Thursday.  Since it was a Senate bill that we changed in the House, it was sent back to the Senate for their concurrence.

Senate Bill 68 – Bipartisan Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement came to the House floor Thursday.  It reorganizes the State board of Elections to give equal representation to the two major parties.  This mandates the Governor to appoint four members from each party for a total of eight, instead of the Governor appointing five members currently, including as many as five of them from his party.  This balances the board’s decisions, while requiring a member of the opposite party to agree on any decision.  This also combines the Ethics Commission with the State Board of Elections, since most of their decisions involve campaign issues. This board also can regulate lobbying activities, since these are heavily involved with ethics.  The bill also balances the local Boards of Elections with two members of each party rather than three, two of whom are from the Governor’s party.

Two school calendar bills came to the floor Thursday, House Bills 375 and 389.  One allowed local school districts to align with the calendar of their community colleges, and the other was a pilot program in 20 counties to allow schools to start the Monday closest to August 10th rather than the Monday closest to August 26th.  There is no change in the ending date of June 11th.  I made the argument that these two weeks are 20% of the ten week summer season for vacation rentals in the coastal areas, and could cost thousands of jobs and up to $5 billion in economic activity in the state over ten years.  Some seemed to have difficulty understanding that people from all over the state and other states rent the thousands of beach houses, and not folks from the coastal counties.  There seemed to be no concern for jobs on the coast or the economic importance of tourism because the bill(s) passed by large margins.  One can only hope the Senate has more sense and sensibility about our economy.  These sneaky tactics are not good for our state. I expect to chair the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, and to see many more bills coming out of committees and onto the floors of the House and Senate.

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Legislative Update from Rep. Frank Iler – April 3, 2017

Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives we met almost every hour Tuesday and Wednesday with committees and visitors, we worked on the budget early each morning, and we passed a repeal and reset of the controversial House Bill 2.

Last Tuesday was a big committee day with meetings for me as a member of Transportation Appropriations, Education K-12, House Transportation, and Insurance committees.  I then had to be in Education – Universities for the presentation of House Bill 339 – North Carolina Teaching Fellows to them. 

The lobbyists were very active Tuesday, dropping into the office with and without appointments.  It was also Arts day, and N.C. Arts council hosted a reception at the History Museum, as well as having displays in the building during the day.

Wednesday was Town Hall Day as well as Community College Day.  After more meetings on the budget, I had to present House Bill 397 – Carolina Shores de-annexation to the House Committee on State and Local government.  It was requested by the town and the property owners to make the town limit line up with the property line on a fraction of an acre.  It passed overwhelmingly and should be on the House floor this week.

For Town Hall Day we had officials from Southport, Oak Island, and Shallotte in town.  It was a pleasure to meet with them and discuss issues.  It was great also to have lunch with Mayor Walt Eccard of Shallotte.  We were joined at lunch by President Susanne Adams of Brunswick Community College.  She was in Raleigh for the N.C. Community College Presidents’ meeting and for Community College Day.  BCC also had a display at the Legislative Building emphasizing their aquaculture program.  Dr. Adams also attended a noon press conference on Community Colleges at which several Representatives including myself spoke.

Every morning we are meeting at 8:30 in budget talks in each area of the state budget.  In my case it is transportation.  We have to discuss and make decisions on each line of the budget, including highways, airports, rail, ferries, etc.

Thursday we had a controversial bill, House Bill 142 – Reset of S.L. 2016-3, come to the floor hurriedly for a vote.  The well-known repeal of House Bill 2 had a previous version that contained a religious freedom protection clause that I called the “cake baker” clause that protected small businesses from being sued if a customer’s request for service violated their religious convictions.  It was not in this bill.  Additionally, statements I made in a confidential caucus meeting were leaked back into our district, a flagrant violation of confidentiality from my trusted colleagues.  After a procedural vote to delay the vote on the bill failed 34 – 85 it was obvious the bill was going to pass overwhelmingly. I voted “yes” on this, which was like voting “no” on the bill.  After pressure from both sides and the breach of confidentiality, my frustration boiled over, and I protested by leaving the chamber and refusing to vote on the bill.  I have been criticized for that, but sometimes one has to stand up and send a message even if you stand alone.  As predicted, it passed 70 – 48, and my vote would have made no difference.  It was a most frustrating time.

This week I expect to focus on the budget and all the bills that are now in committees with my name attached to them as a sponsor.

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