The Burlington Free Press has a story about an attempt by the Democratic majority in Vermont’s legislature to suspend rules in order to speed a measure through grating companies that hire vets a tax break. The move to suspend the rules was opposed by the minority Republicans. This was described as a partisan effort by the article:
“In one of the first signs of partisan parrying this legislative session, House Republicans blocked a move Wednesday by the Democratic majority to speed through a bill granting tax credits for those who hire veterans.”
Of course one person’s partisanship is another’s stand on principle:
“House Republican Leader Don Turner, R-Milton, said Republicans had nothing against the bill, but objected to the process. Democrats wanted to suspend House rules to move a vote on the bill up by one day, but needed a two-thirds majority vote to do it.
“Turner said the only reason for speeding the vote was so that Gov. Peter Shumlin could sign the bill Friday, allowing legislators to trumpet it when they go home for Town Meeting Day next week. Turner said that wasn’t a good enough reason to rush a bill, leaving lawmakers without time consider its financial and other implications. Republicans have stood against other efforts in recent years to speed up votes by suspending rules.”
Representative Turner referred to this move as “playing politics”. In this case, I think that he is right. In general I do not consider it a good idea to speed any bill through the process without taking the time to fully consider it from all angles. Too many legislators vote for bills without fully reading them and knowing all that is in the bill.