As you know last night I was informed about an amendment that was added to the state budget that might nullify my language defunding planned parenthood.
I was quite upset as we had worked for weeks to get the wording right for a budget amendment and the language put in makes that language legally questionable.
I wanted to find out who had put in the stripper language after we had told them to take it out. I called Doug Hiem the legal attorney for the house and asked about the language. I said I was not too pleased about wording specifically requested to be removed, being removed, and then being put back in buried deep in the budget where it would not be seen until it was too late. I asked if it was something he did on his own or was it something someone had him do.
He said he originally took it out when we requested him to do it but later a member came back and had him put it back in. I asked him who it was and he said he could not tell as it would violate lawyer client privilege.
While it could have been someone from the senate side, four of the five power players (Ramsey, Watson, Mc Nalley, Crowe) have said they would not and did not support the change. The fifth Mark Norris (The senate sponsor) has not spoken on the issue. Logic dictates that the people with the real influence over the budget on the house side at that point (previous to presentation) are Speaker Beth Harwell, Charles Sargent (Chair of finance) and Gerald McCormick (Sponsor of the bill) No comment from them.
More to come....
UPDATE: Jerald McCormic texted me and said it was not him.
UPDATE II: Beth Harwell said it was not her.
UPDATE III: Charles Seargent said it came from the senate.