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So who all is going? I plan on going. I'll just need to leave by 1030 at the latest so I can drive back to school and not miss any of my important classes.
 

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So...I am probably going to have to leave my pocket knife in the car as well, right? They probably won't let me walk into the capitol building with a pocket knife. Sigh.
 

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The public cannot speak at a rules committee hearing. I had no access to internet this weekend. You are certainly welcome to make your views known to Senators on the committee through other means, but speaking at a Rules Committee hearing is not one of them. Hopefully, you have already let them know your views.
 

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It's over. The Rules Committee approved a substitute that it believes the House will approve.

We are trying to get the language right now.
 

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Word?

Any word on what happened :?:
 

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From the insider column of the AJC

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/shared ... ate_j.html

Your morning bulletin: Senate Judiciary smacks down the express-lane death penalty bill; NRA decides not to fight lawyers, too.

Monday, April 16, 2007, 11:38 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Senate Judiciary Committee just delivered a unanimous vote against the House bill that would allow the application of the death penalty with a less than unanimous vote from the jury. We’ll link you to the detailed story once it’s posted.

And the Senate Rules Committee voted out a guns-in-parking-lot bill absent the proposal to end “vicarious litigation†and sever the liability link between employee and employer.

The NRA decided they didn’t want to fight the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the state’s lawyers. The chamber is claiming the bill left the rules committee gutted, but we’ll wait for the details.

We’ll post the new version of H.B. 89 as soon as we get hold of it.
 

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If they tacked on something that the Chamber still opposes, then it is going to be a rough time for HB 89.

So, it looks like everybody is still waiting on the language of the new bill.
 

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Sen. Mitch Seabaugh's office refused to give it to me because I am "not a legislator."

He is, of course, my Senator . . .

:roll:

I cannot reach yet today the bill's author.

If all else fails it should be out tonight on the web site. :|
 

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None of this really matters, however. What matters is the chance of success if this amendment succeeds, and the chance of success depends upon the Chamber of Commerce's support or opposition.

As of 15 minutes ago, the Chamber still does not support the legislation.

Therefore, this amendment could still drag down HB 89.

Rules is meeting again right now.

If the amendment goes forward, then the bill goes to the House, where it is agreed or disagreed, and then the Senate can Insist. If they do, then it goes to a conference committee.

This is my personal view - I have no crystal ball, but if the Chamber is against it, Republicans in both chambers who formerly supported HB 89 will not support the amendment. We could very well end up with HB 89 failing right on the finish line.

Currently, there are only 3 legislative days left (although they may yet move the adjournment date).

UPDATE: Edited out certain comments about what the bill contains, because it is now available to read, see next post.
 

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This is nothing but my personal suggestion at this point, but we are short on time.

I suggest that you contact the Senators on the Rules Committee. You may see a list of Senators who sit on the Rules Committee here.

If your Senator sits on the Rules Committee, make sure to mention that you are a constituent and that he (or she) is your Senator in the first sentence of an email or the first words out of your mouth on the telephone. Remember, concerns from constituents go to the head of the line.

If you do nothing else, I suggest you contact the following three people at a minimum:
(1) the Lt. Governor, Casey Cagle,
(2) the Chairman of the Rules Committee, Don Balfour, and
(3) the Vice Chairman, William Hamrick.

Be polite, and keep it short simple. Let them know that you would simply like HB 89 to be passed unamended, the way it was passed out of the House, and that is it important to you that HB 89 succeed.

That is the end of my personal suggestion for today.
 

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Malum Prohibitum said:
This is nothing but my personal suggestion at this point, but we are short on time.

I suggest that you contact the Senators on the Rules Committee. You may see a list of Senators who sit on the Rules Committee here.

If your Senator sits on the Rules Committee, make sure to mention that you are a constituent and that he (or she) is your Senator in the first sentence of an email or the first words out of your mouth on the telephone. Remember, concerns from constituents go to the head of the line.

If you do nothing else, I suggest you contact the following three people at a minimum:
(1) the Lt. Governor, Casey Cagle,
(2) the Chairman of the Rules Committee, Don Balfour, and
(3) the Vice Chairman, William Hamrick.

Be polite, and keep it short simple. Let them know that you would simply like HB 89 to be passed unamended, the way it was passed out of the House, and that is it important to you that HB 89 succeed.

That is the end of my personal suggestion for today.
This has become an urgent matter. If you want HB 89 to become law this year, please call and email your Senator, today, and very simply and politely, request that your Senator do what he or she can to pass HB 89 in its original form, as it passed out of the House.

This applies whether your Senator is on Rules or not.
 

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Sharky, while this is what Casey Cagle said to the news, there is nothing formal. It is not over until the year is over, and there are Senators working on it still.

Let yours hear from you. Let Casey Cagle hear from you.
 
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