Let’s just say you’re a young lawmaker. You had a bill pass the House that would make national headlines. It’s a bill you really believe in. Unfortunately, along the way, not enough other people did. The Senate killed your bill in the Rules Committee. There are a lot of responses available to you. Should this happen to you, the one chosen by Rep Jason Spencer after this happened to his HB 707 is probably what should be at the bottom of your list:
ATLANTA – State Representative Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) will host a press conference TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Georgia State Capitol to discuss the status of HB 707 after the Senate Rules Committee’s recent decision to table the bill.
“That eleventh hour betrayal effectively killed the bill, but it could still be brought back to life by amendment of companion legislation,” said Rep. Spencer. “Tomorrow, I will identify the Republican Benedict Arnolds, the King George the Third and his myrmidons who ship wrecked my path breaking, patriotic bill (HB 707) to prevent the federal Leviathan from commandeering the machinery of state government or resources to enforce ill-conceived federal health insurance mandates. A patriot saves his country from his government. HB 707 would have been the first occasion in a century to draw a constitutional line against state complicity in endless federal encroachments.”
HB 707 would prohibit any state agency, department or political subdivision from using resources or spending funds to advocate for the expansion of Medicaid. The bill would also prohibit the state of Georgia from running an insurance exchange; refuses federal grant money for the purpose of creating or running a state insurance exchange, and ends the University of Georgia Health Navigator Program. Lastly, HB 707 would prohibit the Commissioner of Insurance from investigating or enforcing any alleged violation of federal health insurance requirements mandated by Obamacare. HB 707 passed the House by a vote of 115-59
For more information on HB 707, please click here.
So, anyone want to guess what Rep Spencer’s odds of getting a bill through Senate rules next year? Or the next?