The Greiner Report
This week was the “Second Funnel” week. House files must make it through a Senate committee by the end of this Funnel, and Senate files must make it through a House committee. Probably the most interesting bill to survive the Funnel was the Nuclear Power bill.
In the ensuing weeks, most everything we consider, with the exception of amendments, will have already passed the scrutiny of a subcommittee and a committee, at least once.
I have been receiving lots of e-mails asking me to vote in favor of the gas tax increase. When I was campaigning for office, when someone asked my opinion on raising the gas tax, I consistently replied that I was opposed to it. Even though people who helped with putting up yard signs and assisted in other ways with my campaign are asking me to change my position, I cannot do that. In politics, and in life, if your word isn’t any good, you don’t have much to stand on.
During the next campaign cycle, constituents need to be more vocal with the candidates regarding their wishes for policy changes of this type.
With spring-like temperatures this week, everyone is beginning to “think adjournment.” However, there is much to be done before we head home. Most of the spending bills have not been debated yet, so it is way too early to start thinking about the Session coming to an end.