Some things are so well planned that things can’t possibly go right.
HB 899, carried by state Rep. Buzz Brockway, was a package of non-controversial housekeeping changes to the state’s election laws requested by Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
It was one of many bills dealing with elections.
But coincidentally, the state’s elections laws and ethics laws are grounded in the same code section. Which apparently troubled some state lawmakers. They decided to bundle together everyone’s legislation into a single package, to make sure that no naïve, do-gooding soul would attempt to tack on an ethics reform package that might be embarrassing to kill.
As Mark Twain said, “Put all your eggs into one basket, and then watch that basket.” Except they didn’t.
The now-omnibus election bill included a provision that would have shifted voting for Augusta-Richmond County council from the general election to the summer primary. From a Democratic climate to a Republican one.
Senate Democrats lined up unanimously against HB 899, a few Republicans joined them, and the bill died six votes short of the 29 needed.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider