The Republican-run Missouri legislature spent its final moment amalgamating an abomination, and quite possibly an unconstitutional abomination, that combines numerous unrelated laws into a single bill.
From childhood to the grave, nearly everything is covered in Missouri House Bill 1692, 1209, 1405, 1499, 1535 and 1811.
And no, that string of numbers is not the result of a computer malfunction.
Missouri lawmakers melded a diverse collection of ideas into a single, massive bill which they passed overwhelmingly in the final hours of their legislative session earlier this month.
The bill’s title declares that it relates to real estate. But within its 116 pages there also are provisions on child support cases, death certificates, cemeteries, divorce records, gun laws, boat engines and funding for courtroom renovations.
Republican “leaders” defend business as usual:
“Very seldom do you get a pure bill that doesn’t have something else tacked on it,” said House Speaker Ron Richard, R-Joplin.
“I’ve been doing this 20 years, and it’s been happening my entire 20 years,” added Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election this year.
It was broken when I found it/got here, so I continued to break it. Thanks, guys. Keep that in mind when the Tea Party movement does not align with your interests, which is apparently preserving the status quo as long as you’re in the majority.