Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today

Dogs_playing_poker.jpgIf I’m a tad cranky this morning, please pardon my grumpiness – I was up all night at the General Assembly. Why, you may ask, was I there? Because the conservative-led majority in the House decided that they were going to go into session after midnight to consider a host of veto-overrides. While there were many possible choices, they ultimately voted to override only one veto – a law that prevents a paycheck deduction for NCAE donations from State employees.

Yea, because that was worth it.

You may not be familiar with this particular piece of legislation, since you were probably preoccupied with actual problems during the legislative session, but this is the conservative’s big labor-busting bill, designed to weaken one of the only unions with any muscle in the state, the teacher’s union. It’s a tab obscure to most folks, and it a purely political bill, as Speaker Tills stupidly admitted back in June.

The bigger question, of course, is whether this was legal, and if it was, why is it legal? Isn’t there some notice requirement to the public when a general session is called into order? As a matter of fact, there is, and whether this meeting complied with the statue is definitely going to be discussed. But if it is legal, there is a good argument that it shouldn’t be. Both sides of the aisle engage in dirty tactics when they have the opportunity, but we must remove the opportunities as best we can.

Actions like this only further undermine the public’s faith in government. Maybe that was their plan all along.