I am spending far too much time talking about guns. So is our Legislature. Dang you, Pierre!
Supporting my contention that House Bill 1087, the school gunslinger bill, is more about phallic ego stroking than education, Senate Majority Leader Russell Olson (R-8/Wentworth) has steered HB 1087 away from its logical hearing spot, the Senate Education committee, to his own Senate State Affairs Committee.* Senate State Affairs has nine members instead of seven. Senate State Affairs includes HB 1087 prime sponsor Craig Tieszen (R-34/Rapid City) and co-sponsors Lederman and Rhoden; Senate Ed has two co-sponsors, Jensen and Maher. Senate State Affairs has five heavy hitters in the GOP leadership to ensure no monkey business (read: common sense or education experts) interferes with swift passage of this bill to the full Senate.
Like too many of his colleagues, Senator Russell Olson is blowing the local-control smokescreen for this dangerous bill. But e-mail him anyway. E-mail the whole Senate State Affairs Committee. Call them. The hearing date isn't set yet, but these nine Senators need to know that we don't want to increase the risk of gun injury and death in our schools by bringing more guns and gunslinger into our schools.
|Johnston, J. Mark|
|Olson, Russell||Vice Chair|
*Update 2013.02.01 06:02 MST: An eager reader notes that the assignment of bills to committee usually falls to the either the President of the Senate (Lt. Gov. Matt Michels) or the President pro-tem (Sen. Corey Brown, who is also on Senate State Affairs). Whether it's Russ, Corey, or Matt, someone's greasing the skids.