Fate of anti-protest bill in David Ralston’s hands

Just before wrapping up an afternoon calendar meeting of the House Rules Committee, which again failed to move SB 469 to the floor, Chairman John Meadows addressed his members.

“I love you all dearly,” he said. “But I don’t want to see you again today.”

As the Calhoun Republican walked out, I asked him whether we would see SB 469 before adjournment. This is the measure that began as an anti-union slap by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. It banned picketing at private dwellings by labor organizations – and required union members to annually approve the dues check-off on their paychecks.

Earlier this week, Wendell Willard, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, engineered an amendment to SB 469 so that it bans demonstrations at all private residences for any reason. You can’t just single out one kind of speech to ban, Willard said. In other words, protesters for such causes as abortion, neighborhood blight – take your pick – have now been wrapped into the argument.

That may amount to a poison pill.

So what did Meadows say about SB 469’s future? “That’s the speaker’s call,” he said. It won’t move unless David Ralston gives the word, Meadows said.

Union folk who have populated the Capitol today are antsy. They fear the anti-picketing language will be stripped away, and the dues check-off portion of the bill will shoot through both chambers.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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15 comments Add your comment

Leslie's Pool Services

March 29th, 2012
3:43 pm

Screw republicans. Screw republicans. Screw republicans. Screw republicans. Screw republicans. Screw republicans. All they do is hate. All they do is hate. All they do is hate. All they do is hate. All they do is hate. All they do is hate. All they do is hate.

Independent voter

March 29th, 2012
3:45 pm

Republican are out to hurt middle class and poor people..We need to all come together and vote the republicans out of the office.

They might be smiling now but when election time they going be packing there bags.

Chick-Fil-A

March 29th, 2012
3:55 pm

Way to get the board started off the right way. (My opinion obviously.) Republicans are ruining this country. The only difference between them and true conservatives is that republicans will blow any man with money. True conservatives do not have wounded pride and will not hide behind close doors.

GaBlue

March 29th, 2012
4:00 pm

LPS, IV, and C-F-A,

I concur.

td

March 29th, 2012
4:03 pm

Chick-Fil-A

March 29th, 2012
3:55 pm

Why do you give a rat’s ass how we get our money. People must pay their bills, even if it means going to desperate measures. I would rather live a lifetime on my knees being able to pay my bills than to scratch my head while questioning how I am going to come up with some dough. Nobody ever said we are true conservatives.

honested

March 29th, 2012
4:37 pm

td,

Well, at least we know where you are comfortable…….and that explains a lot!

Going Right

March 29th, 2012
5:26 pm

L-P-S: Phew, I hope you feel much better. But, please take your meds a tad earlier and you won’t get near the boil-over area!
I-V: Independent voter means you are supposed to be INDEPENDENT! not a shill for the Dimocrats. Independents (supposedly) vote for the best candidate rather than a particular party. I hardly think – through your terribly massacred grammar – that you would vote conservative.
(Dis)honest: Yep, he’s down in that same “comfort zone” as you like to be. That does, indeed, explain a lot – about him and you.

td

March 29th, 2012
5:32 pm

honested

March 29th, 2012
4:37 pm

And if you really thought that was the real td then you are way more out of touch with reality then I even thought.

20/20

March 29th, 2012
5:49 pm

I wanted to join in on this blog but Gullible says one must have an IQ no higher than freezing and mine is only 34 but, alas, too high for the “intellect” on this blog. Bye for now. Will join another Gullible blog when the Republicans and conservatives are eviscerated as he want it to be.

Greg from Marietta

March 29th, 2012
6:05 pm

Interesting reading on what most of us that have been following politics in this state for quite a few years already knew. The 5 most corrupt states in America: http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/27/10812551-states-with-the-most-lax-anti-corruption-laws

bronson

March 29th, 2012
6:48 pm

@ Greg
All you have to do is read anything that td writes to understand why Georgia’s politicians can get away anything. Td would be considered one of Georgia’s more intelligent voters – he can turn on a computer and navigate to this site, and even knows how to spell a few words…

td

March 29th, 2012
7:19 pm

Greg from Marietta

March 29th, 2012
6:05 pm

Before I even read the article I would bet that none or maybe one(IL) of the five states are Democratic lead. Wonder if that has anything to do with the report coming from MSNBC?

td

March 29th, 2012
7:26 pm

Greg from Marietta

March 29th, 2012
6:05 pm

Well, well you have to get to number 5 to find the first Democratic run state and the other one in the top 10 is at number 8.

No NJ
No NY
No IL (last three governors are in jail for corruption)
No LA

I do not think I could put much faith in this article.

ld

March 29th, 2012
10:05 pm

Greg:

Thanks for the link.

Sadly, doesn’t surprise me.

Steph

March 29th, 2012
11:24 pm

SB469 is just another slap in the face for working Americans. Next it will be a bill to do away with minimum wage, forcing us to pick the neglected crops in Georgia for less just to eat and put a roof over our heads, and if it goes SB469 we won’t even be able to protest. I’m thankful as a Georgian that I still may have the right to protest and free speech. The Unions helped build this country and deserve the right to continue to do so and the right to fair compensation for skilled work.