My amendment to stop political lobbying for or against legislation during government paid work hours failed to be added to the TEAM bill today. It would have made lobbying for legislation by non lobbyists (during government paid work hours) covered the same way as political campaigning for a candidate is covered in the little hatch act now.
It was funny how the entire committee room today was pack filled by TSEA union government employees.
In the middle of the day.
On a Tuesday.
During work hours.
I wonder how much the state paid out to have all of them sit in the committee room for 4 and 1/2 hours and cheer when people spoke against employing people based on the quality of their work.
When it came out that my amendment would penalize them for politicking the same way as the little hatch act would for politicking for a candidate while on the job, a gasp went across the room.
Well, you don't have to worry if you are a government employee. Your ability to tell your boss you don't feel like doing your actual job you are employed and paid to do, that you instead want to sit in a committee room all day or call 132 legislators and talk about politics and legislation during work hours. You can. You are still protected by law.