Could someone author, co-author, sponsor or co-sponsor legislation only to try to kill it quietly? That’s the claim made on the House floor today by a senior Democratic lawmaker.
During debate on the House Rules, State Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) introduced an amendment that would force legislation with 76 or more supporters to be placed on the House Calendar for action.
Theoretically, a bill with 76 supporters would pass the chamber if brought to a vote because it takes 76 votes to pass legislation.
Mr. Pickett said that — when serving as a committee chair — he had members who sponsored or cosponsored legislation come to him and ask him not to hold hearings on that very bill. Why would they do such a thing?
According to Mr. Pickett, they signed on as a supporter of legislation “so they can get a good rating on scorecards and blogs” but don’t really want the initiative to move.
There have long been stories about lawmakers – Republican and Democrat alike – doing just that, but not until now has a legislator claimed in public that it actually happens.