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Letting Go…

Just like when you’re teaching your kid to ride their bike without training wheels for the first time, it’s hard to let go control of your bill.  At least, that’s what I imagine – I don’t have kids.  We’ve done all the negotiations, coaxed it through committee,  got our message out to the legislators, and even lined up sponsors in the other chamber for when the bill passes.  Now we wait while our bills are simply waiting their turn to be called for a vote.

This isn’t to say we haven’t been busy.  Besides running from the House to the Senate chamber repeatedly to check progress, we managed to secure four more cosponsors for our recoupment bill.  We wanted to show that our bill was a non-partisan issue, so we started working Republicans to get some more diversity in our sponsorship list.  We managed to get Representatives Chapin Rose (R) and Bob Rita (R) in hopes of curbing any immediate party line votes on the House floor.

A new amendment was filed for SB1349: Workers’ Comp.  It did not go to committee today as was intended, and it will instead be debated exclusively on the Senate floor Thursday.  If you just can’t get enough news about Workers’ Comp the Peoria Journal Star did a fairly good breakdown here.  Also Illinois Issues thinks that Governor Quinn’s plan doesn’t go far enough (here).

And on a lighter note…

Jefferson Smith loves a good political joke.

Early last year, the then-freshman Oregon House member from Portland was getting ready for bed when he and his wife, Katy, began bantering back and forth about what might be the ultimate political prank, something that could lighten the increasingly divisive political mood among his colleagues.

As Smith recalls, the idea came almost instantly. “What if we were to Rick Roll the legislature without anybody noticing?” he wondered.

And that was the seed for what may ultimately prove to be one of the most elaborate political jokes of all time: A nearly two-minute long video of members of the Oregon House of Representatives saying the lyrics of Rick Astley’s ubiquitous ’80s pop ballad, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” literally one word or phrase at a time while in session.

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