Machinations in Passage of Dems Criminal Justice Reform Bill

From commenter “Give us a break:”

Typical stunt by the Springfield Democrats.

For those unfamiliar with the way they (and this can apply to both sides of the aisle although with their super majority, the Democrats make the most use of it), here is what happened:

About a week ago one of the Chicago black caucus legislators filed a police reform bill.

After the bill is filed people/groups can file support or opposition to the bill.
After comment time expired she pulled the verbiage of the bill leaving only the heading.

This is a pretty common tactic particularly by majority party during lame duck sessions.

Lots of controversial legislation is inserted into a shell bill.

Called a shell bill.

File a bill to get a number and any heading you want to give it.

Then just hours before the lame duck session ends the sponsor throws their verbiage into the bill and it goes thru before the minority party can review it.

There is no time for the public to file support or opposition because that time expired during the original filing.

The title of the shell bill does not have to accurately describe what ends up in the actual bill.

The verbiage of the final bill does not have to be anything close to the original bill.

Using this method the original bill could have called for specific aid to children with cancer and received favorable comment.

The, presto changeo, the “new” guts in the bill triples the salary of every legislator and gets passed without any discussion.

This is how the dems got the police reform passed today.

At 3 am this morning the sponsor added her verbiage to her shell bill.

Over 700 pages.

The Senate then called for a vote at 4am.

At 3am was the first time anyone other than the dems had seen the bill.

Not that it mattered since the dems hold a super majority.

After the Senate passed the bill at 4am it went to the house and passed about 10am with no discussion allowed on the bill.

Gov Fatass said a couple of weeks ago he will sign any police reform bill the legislature sends him.

From the bits being made public now it doesn’t look like it’s going to be a good time to be in any type law enforcement job nor is it any good for law abiding people.


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Machinations in Passage of Dems Criminal Justice Reform Bill — 11 Comments

  1. “At 3 am this morning the sponsor added her verbiage to her shell bill.

    Over 700 pages.

    The Senate then called for a vote at 4am.

    At 3am was the first time anyone other than the dems had seen the bill.

    Not that it mattered since the dems hold a super majority.

    After the Senate passed the bill at 4am it went to the house and passed about 10am with no discussion allowed on the bill.”

    My question is why do we allow this? Why does it take 700 pages? Why do they set it up so no one can even have time to read what they are voting on? Nothing good is done in secret.

  2. Some of what’s in the bill is common sense and kind of a shrug.

    Some.

    But when a tactic like what Cal described is used, you know there’s something really bad in it.

    And there is.

    Prepare for the unintended consequences resulting from the ability to sue individual officers.

    Who’s going to protect officers from being targeted with illegitimate lawsuits?

    Who’s accountable when an officer waits one second too long to discharge his weapon when he/she is justified to do so?

    A state trooper friend of mine has already ensured he has no legal assets; everything is in his wife’s name.

    So messed up.

  3. I think you meant “machinations” instead of “machinarions.”

  4. I’ve heard, but not read, (after all the bill is over 700 pages) that one of the provisions calls for the removal of school resource officers.

    Henceforth, if this is correct, police officers will not be allowed to be in place in schools unless there is a specific threat to students.

    Cash bail?

    Supposedly, even for alleged murderers no bail required UNLESS it can be shown that the accursed poses a specific threat to the life of a specific individual.

    Lotsa luck!

    Allows for offenders to have access to Victim Compensation funds.

    Obviously, this bill has been well thought out.

  5. ‘Machinarion’ is great new name for them Cal.

    A real salient neologism.

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