As I have said before, many Republican bills get killed in the subcommittee and committee system therefore many Republican bills never get a vote on the floor.
Today a bill slipped through that Naifeh didn't want out of committee. Some legislators did not show up for the vote and a pro-NRA bill (conceal carry) slipped through the sub-committee system.
Speaker Naifeh flipped out! His people did not want to have to vote on this bill. Some might risk losing their perfect NRA voting record (0 for 0).
Speaker Naifeh went to the chairman of the committee to let him know that if he did not ask to move the bill back to the sub-committee where it had passed, it would NOT BE GOOD!
The chairman agreed to make the motion, but not vote for it. These votes are made on the house floor and require a majority of 66 votes to move it back to the subcommittee. The dilemma? How to ram this vote through the legislature without having the legislators on record as a "yes" vote. Answer: Speaker Naifeh held a voice vote.
When it was brought up to move it back to subcommittee, we were ready. The motion was made and the Speaker passed it. I did not hear a single "yes" vote, but miraculously it passed! Now when a voice vote comes into question, five representatives have to raise their hands when the question is called for to get the vote recorded. The speaker tried to move on without recognizing us, but then more hands went up.
Speaker Naifeh was fuming and didn't know what to do. He yelled at us “PUT DOWN YOUR HANDS!!” He then tried to move on again.
Rep. Hargett was then recognized and stood up and said “Mr. Speaker I must object-point of order…”. Naifeh interrupted him--“I thought you wanted to speak on the next motion! You don't want to do this!!”
Leadership came forward for a side bar. When Rep. Hargett came back he shrugged his shoulders and said the Speaker was not going to recognize us no matter what.
So much for legislators following the rules and laws of representative government. These actions are more in line with a dictator, not a leader.