Wednesday, February 23, 2011

UPDATE: Arizona's Official Firearm Bill Moves Forward This Morning; "You've Got To Be Kidding Me";

I was up and watching, but my computer was down and sleeping.  I did not have the heart (or energy) to wake it.  But, I did observe as the missed opportunity to plug part of the hole in the state budget moved forward.

The Senate Appropriations Committee took up Sen. Gould's Colt-as-official-state-firearm bill at about 12:15 this morning.  They had been meeting since about 3:00p.m. yesterday, so the shots fired at each other over this late night (early morning) bill were held to a minimum.  An out of order Senator Sinema interjected a few "you've got to be kidding me's" before the bill was passed on a 9-4 party line vote.

I had suggested yesterday that one of the legislators could still call up Colt Manufacturing Co. and try to get them to pay in some fashion for the publicity that they have received and could receive from this bill.  Interestingly, the only non-legislator/non-staff person to speak on the bill at that late hour was a lobbyist for Colt Manufacturing.  He made no offers of remuneration on his client's behalf.  Hmmm.

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