Leprechauns in the Roundhouse!

leprechaunsToday is St. Patrick’s Day, when leprechauns abound. From Wikipedia:

Leprechauns usually take the form of old men who enjoy partaking in mischief. Their trade is that of a cobbler or shoemaker. They are said to be very rich, having many treasure crocks buried during wartime. According to legend, if anyone keeps an eye fixed upon one, he cannot escape, but the moment the gaze is withdrawn, he vanishes.

Late last night in the House Judiciary Committee, there was much mischief afoot on HB 808, which we’ve dubbed the “Politician Protection Act of 2009.” The bill took a beating as numerous committee members cited its unconstitutional limitations on the free speech of nonprofit organizations. Although sponsored by Rep. Paul Bandy, this bill was based on the template set forth in HB 891, jointly sponsored by House Majority Leader Ken Martinez and Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez.

After a lengthy hearing, the bill was sent back for “further research and discussion” to plug its gaping holes. But do Rep. Martinez and Senator Sanchez have a treasure crock buried somewhere in the form of a dummy bill or floor amendment to bring back the Politician Protection Act? We have 5 days to find out.

And of the leprechaun’s propensity to vanish – it really looks like Rep. Martinez and Senator Sanchez hung Rep. Bandy out to dry. Bandy’s bill was eviscerated in committee, and he may well take the heat for this Politician Protection Act. But let’s be clear – this bill was crafted, developed and pushed by our two majority leaders.

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