We’ve been hearing lots about policing in relation to the African-American community. We’ve seen graphic evidence of police overreacting to small or even non-existant provocations, ending in the death of black citizens; we’ve also seen, in Dallas and here in Missouri, in the St. Louis suburb of Ballwin, retaliatory violence visited on innocent police officers who were doing their jobs in an unexceptionable and even, as in Dallas, superlative fashion.
In spite of efforts to look at and address the causes of these events in a dispassionate and fair way, lots of folks insist on using them to choose sides: it’s the black or the blue, they seem to say, you can’t be both. The situation becomes even more fraught when you realize that blue is often standing in for white, as in old, white geezers who are scared s***less by black.
But police departments are themselves black and white as well as blue. How they deal with their internal integration issues so that blue trumps both black and white can tell us a lot about the credibility, or lack thereof, of our police when it comes to questions of policing and race.
And the message we’re getting isn’t really that good. In lots of police departments neither the white nor the black police officers trust each other enough to use the same organizations to voice their concerns. That’s certainly the case with the St. Louis Police Department, the dominant PD in my region, where white officers’ views are voiced by the St. Louis Police Officers Association, and black officers are represented by the St. Louis Ethical Society of Police.
In St. Louis, the concerns voiced by the black officers’ Ethical Society reinforce the perception of a department where problems of racial bias persist. The group recently issued a report, the Comprehensive Evaluation of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD), which documented claims that the STL police force is rife “with unwritten, written, and subjective practices that have hindered their [i.e. African-American officers] professional growth.” According to the Ethical Society report, the same biases also result in less effective policing in communities of color – a problem that could be partially addressed by a police force more comfortable with diversity within its own ranks.
If you question the claims of blue-on-blue bias in St. Louis, you have only to consider the behavior of the president of the white officers organization, Jeff Roorda, whose latest breach of good taste was a twitter post blaming Barack Obama for the shootings in Dallas. Roorda has a history of borderline and sometimes overtly racist statements, pitting police against people of color. His leadership role in the STL Pollice Officers Association makes it clear why black officers do not feel that that organization can speak for them or for their community.
I suspect that similar situations may prevail, even if more subtly, in other cities where black police officers feel the need to choose separate representation. And until we have police departments that can effectively deal with the diversity within their own ranks, all officers, black and white, speaking and acting in an ultimately unified fashion, we will not be able to, prima facie, trust white officers who are charged with policing black communities, no matter how diligent and well-meaning any individual officer may be.
Five Rams players took the field for Sunday’s game against the Raiders in St. Louis with their hands raised.
It was to show their support for protesters in Ferguson, Mo., and around the country who are angered that former police officer Michael Brown was not indicted by a grand jury for the killing of Michael Brown….
….The players’ action angered the St. Louis Police Officers Association. In a news release, the Association’s business manager, Jeff Roorda, called for “the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology.”
When Olympic sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood atop the medal podium at the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City, bowed their heads and raised black-gloved fists during the playing of the national anthem, millions of their fellow Americans were outraged. But countless millions more around the globe thrilled to the sight of two men standing before the world, unafraid, expressing disillusionment with a nation that so often fell, and still falls, so short of its promise….
“The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology. [Jeff] Roorda said he planned to speak to the NFL and the Rams to voice his organization’s displeasure tomorrow. He also plans to reach out to other police organizations in St. Louis and around the country to enlist their input on what the appropriate response from law enforcement should be. Roorda warned, “I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. Well I’ve got news for people who think that way, cops have first amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours. I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser’s products. It’s cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it’s not the NFL and the Rams, then it’ll be cops and their supporters.”
Think about that for a minute.
Some of the reaction, via Twitter:
Tony Messenger @tonymess
I hope that a lawmaker, union official, or police officer will explain to Jeff Roorda in measured tones how truly horrible his statement is. 9:50 PM – 30 Nov 2014
Jason Rosenbaum @jrosenbaum
. @MoDemParty gave Jeff Roorda around $267K this year for his #BattleForJeffCo run. He lost by ~10 percentage points to @WielandNow. 10:01 PM – 30 Nov 2014
Tony Wyche @tonywyche
Before you type “thug,” ask yourself if you mean something else. Because even if YOU don’t recognize that you mean something else, we all do 11:11 PM – 30 Nov 2014
C101236 10/24/2014 WIELAND NOW Missouri Senate Campaign Committee PO Box 754 Jefferson City MO 65109 10/23/2014 $250,000.00
That’s a significant single source boost for a state senate candidate.
C000953 10/24/2014 MO REPUBLICAN PARTY Wieland Now 1015 Castlemain Drive Imperial MO 63052 10/23/2014 $16,053.00
C000953 10/24/2014 MO REPUBLICAN PARTY Wieland Now 1015 Castlemain Drive Imperial MO 63052 10/23/2014 $16,053.00
Timing is so important.
Paul Wieland’s (r) reported October quarterly campaign finance totals:
C101236: Wieland Now
1015 Castleman Drive Committee Type: Candidate
Imperial Mo 63052 Party Affiliation: Republican
[….] Established Date: 04/15/2010
Information Reported On: 2014 – October Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $175,088.70
Monetary Receipts + $242,476.25
Monetary Expenditures – $40,497.00
Contributions Made – $200.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Ending Money On Hand $376,867.95
That ain’t all retired folks on fixed incomes sending in $20.00 checks.
The Missouri Senate Campaign Committee (a republican entity) has spent a lot on this candidate:
C101236 06/23/2014 WIELAND NOW Missouri Senate Campaign Committee PO Box 754 Jefferson City MO 65102 6/21/2014 $15,000.00
C101236 06/26/2014 WIELAND NOW Missouri Senate Campaign Committee PO Box 754 Jefferson City MO 65102 6/25/2014 $150,000.00
C101236 09/11/2014 WIELAND NOW Missouri Senate Campaign Committee PO Box 754 Jefferson City MO 65102 9/11/2014 $9,200.00
C101236 09/12/2014 WIELAND NOW Missouri Senate Campaign Committee PO Box 754 Jefferson City MO 65102 9/11/2014 $150,000.00
C101236 10/21/2014 WIELAND NOW Missouri Senate Campaign Committee PO Box 754 Jefferson City MO 65102 10/21/2014 $8,400.00
That’s a total of $582,600.00 on one republican candidate since June.
Where do they get their money?:
C071094 01/07/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Grow Missouri 308 E High St. Suite 301 Jefferson City MO 65101 1/6/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 01/22/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Silvey for Missouri PO Box 10626 Gladstone MO 64188 1/22/2014 $40,000.00
C071094 02/15/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Dempsey for Missouri 3103 Buckskin Path Saint Charles MO 63301 2/14/2014 $10,000.00
C071094 02/26/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Romine for Senate 322 E Karsch Blvd Farmington MO 63640 2/25/2014 $10,000.00
C071094 04/24/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Anheuser Busch Companies One Busch Place St Louis MO 63118 4/23/2014 $17,500.00
C071094 05/27/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Dempsey for Missouri 3103 Buckskin Path Saint Charles MO 63301 5/27/2014 $10,000.00
C071094 06/18/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Committee To Elect Ron Richard PO Box 2523 Joplin MO 64803 6/17/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 07/08/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Citizens for Jay Wasson PO Box 1231 Nixa MO 65714 7/7/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 07/08/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Committee to Elect Ron Richard PO Box 2523 Joplin MO 64803 7/7/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 07/08/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Drury Development Corporation 721 Emerson Road Suite 200 St Louis MO 63141 7/7/2014 $10,000.00
C071094 07/17/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Southwestern Bell Telephone LP DBA AT&T Missouri One AT&T Center Room 4200 St Louis MO 63101 7/17/2014 $10,000.00
C071094 08/05/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE David Steward PO Box 1724 Maryland Heights MO 63043 Wide Technology Inc Chairman 8/4/2014 $10,000.00
C071094 08/05/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Dempsey for Missouri 3103 Buckskin Path Saint Charles MO 63301 8/4/2014 $15,000.00
C071094 08/18/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Committee to Elect Ron Richard PO Box 2523 Joplin MO 64803 8/18/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 08/28/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Sater for Senate 20145 State Hwy 86 Cassville MO 65625 8/28/2014 $10,000.00
C071094 08/28/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Romine for Senate 322 E Karsch Blvd Farmington MO 63640 8/26/2014 $10,000.00
C071094 08/28/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Bob Dixon for Senate Election Committee PO Box 50064 Springfield MO 65805 8/26/2014 $10,000.00
C071094 08/28/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Citizens to Elect Mike Kehoe PO Box 105527 Jefferson City MO 65110 8/26/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 08/28/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City PAC 2301 Main St Kansas City MO 64108 8/26/2014 $7,500.00
C071094 08/28/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Doug Libla for Senate 1401 Lurlyn Poplar Bluff MO 63901 8/28/2014 $10,000.00
C071094 09/04/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Committee To Elect Ron Richard PO Box 2523 Joplin MO 64803 9/2/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 09/11/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE QC Holdings Inc. 9401 Indian Creek Pkwy Ste 1500 Overland Park KS 66210 9/11/2014 $10,000.00
C071094 09/11/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Republic Services Inc. 18500 N Allied Way Phoenix AZ 85054 9/11/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 09/11/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Friends for Munzlinger PO Box 65 Monticello MO 63457 9/11/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 09/18/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Committee to Elect Ron Richard PO Box 2523 Joplin MO 64803 9/17/2014 $30,000.00
C071094 09/23/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Committee to Elect Ron Richard PO Box 2523 Joplin MO 64803 9/22/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 09/23/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Centene Management Company LLC 7700 Forsyth Blvd Ste 800 St Louis MO 63105 9/22/2014 $10,000.00
C071094 10/01/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Schmitt for Missouri PO Box 220722 Kirkwood MO 63122 9/30/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 10/01/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Citizens to Elect Kurt Schaefer Attorney General PO Box 1614 Columbia MO 65205 9/30/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 10/03/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Citizens to Elect Mike Kehoe PO Box 105527 Jefferson City MO 65110 10/2/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 10/15/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Dempsey for Missouri Two Westbury Dr St Charles MO 63301 10/13/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 10/15/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Cerner Corporation PAC 2800 Rockcreek Pkwy Kansas City MO 64117 10/13/2014 $7,500.00
C071094 10/15/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Committee to Elect Ron Richard PO Box 2523 Joplin MO 64803 10/14/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 10/16/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Citizens for Jay Wasson PO Box 1231 Nixa MO 65714 10/15/2014 $10,000.00
C071094 10/22/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Eastern Missouri Senate PAC 3220 West Edgewood Ste E Jefferson City MO 65109 10/21/2014 $150,000.00
C071094 10/22/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Peter Herschend 538 Oak Bluff Road Branson MO 65616 Silver Dollar City Principal 10/21/2014 $7,500.00
C071094 10/22/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Mark Gardner 1414 E Primrose St Ste 100 Springfield MO 65804 Gardner Capital Inc Developer 10/21/2014 $7,500.00
C071094 10/23/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Dempsey for Missouri 3103 Buckskin Path Saint Charles MO 63301 10/21/2014 $25,000.00
C071094 10/24/2014 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Missourians for Excellence in Government 6175 Westminster Saint Louis MO 63112 10/22/2014 $15,000.00
That’s $180,000.00 since June from the Committee to Elect Ron Richard. They could rename the committee and add “Wieland” just for the sake of truth in advertising. And that’s $85,000.00 since February from Dempsey from Missouri. They could rename that one, too.
Jeff Roorda 6797 HAVEN HILL RD BARNHART MO 63012 433 2/25/2014
Name Mailing Address Random Number Date Filed
Paul Wieland 1015 CASTLEMAIN DR IMPERIAL MO 63052 174 2/25/2014
Representative Jeff Roorda, a Democrat, represents parts of Barnhart, Arnold, Imperial, Pevely and House Springs in Jefferson County (District 113) in the Missouri House of Representatives.
In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Roorda is currently employed as the Human Resources Manager with Gateway Ambulance Service in St. Louis.
Prior to his election to the Missouri House in November 2004, Rep. Roorda worked as the City Administrator and Chief of Police for the City of Kimmswick. Rep. Roorda is a seventeen year veteran of law enforcement and is active in the Fraternal Order of Police and other police organizations.
Rep. Roorda has held previous elected positions having served on the Boards of Directors of the Antonia Fire District (2002-2004) and the Rock Township Ambulance District (2000-2004).
Rep Roorda is a 1983 graduate of Windsor High School. He earned an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Jefferson College, a Bachelors Degree in Administration of Justice from Missouri Baptist College and a Masters Degree in Public Policy Administration from University of Missouri St. Louis.
Rep. Paul Wieland, a Republican, represents parts of Jefferson County (District 112) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his second two-year term in November 2010.
In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Wieland owns and operates Wieland Insurance Group, LLC. He also has worked in the auto parts industry and for the National Federation of Independent Business. In addition, Rep. Wieland and his wife created and published The Edition monthly newspaper and the Jefferson County Business Journal. He was previously elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1994.
Rep. Wieland is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and fourth degree member of Knights of Columbus. He serves on the St. Pius X Advisory Board, Jefferson County Health Department Board of Trustees and as co-chair of the St. Pius X Long Range Planning Committee. Rep. Wieland also has served on the St. Joseph School Board, as a member of the Mastodon Arts & Sciences Fair Advisory Board, University of Missouri Extension Council, and as a founding member of Jeffco Business Network.
Rep. Wieland is a 1981 graduate of St. Pius X high school. Rep. Wieland attended Benedictine College, UMSL and the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Yep, there’s gonna be a lot of opportunity in this race to prop up the campaign consultant industrial complex…
“…Well, first of all, I don’t feel that we should be leveraging the children of this state on anything. They should be our number one priority…”
Yesterday afternoon the House Democratic Caucus held a press conference in the House Lounge after the opening of the legislative session in Jefferson City. After prepared remarks by Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel (D) and Assistant Minority Floor Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D) they took questions from the press.
Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel (D): Questions.
Question: There is not agreement between the Governor and, uh, legislature on a consensus revenue estimate, so a couple of questions there. Where does your party stand on how much money the state should, uh, plan on having next year? And does that play into where you hope to see money come to the foundation formula? Do you think there’s more money there that can be pumped into that, or where is that gonna come from?
Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel (D): Well, first of all, I haven’t seen the, uh, Governor’s budget proposal, but I assume that that is where his, uh, numbers are coming from. Uh, look, I think we know that the, the House is going to, the Governor is gonna start with his number and the House Budget Committee will start with their number. You know, if, if they want to go ahead and start cutting money from education, from fully funding the foundation formula, um, and not try to trust the Governor’s number then that’s up to them. Then they can be in the position to go ahead and cut things from education. So, do I know which number is the absolute correct answer? I don’t. And I don’t think, I don’t think that it’s fair to say that either one, either one party does, so.
Question: From a position of a minority with fifty-two members you can’t force much, um, in the House of Representatives. So, you’re gonna have to rely on public pressure in some ways to [inaudible] the Republicans. What do you intend to do that would be different from what happened last year on Medicaid that would, uh, create that pressure to [inaudible] move ahead on this bill?
Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel (D): Well, first of all, I think that there’s enough people within the majority party that would vote for Medicaid expansion if someone in the Speaker’s office had the courage to let it come to the floor for a vote. How are we going to know if no one will bring it up for a vote? The Chamber of Commerce in Missouri as well as numerous chambers of commerce across the state have come out more strongly in favor of this. You know, they realize that this is a huge, uh, job creation tool. Why is it that the majority only wants to listen to the business community when it suits their agenda? I don’t think it’s fair to say that they want to say that, okay, fine, we can’t expand jobs in the state unless we do this. They’ve come out and said they think this is gonna create twenty-four thousand jobs. I mean, they agree with us. We’re not always on the same page as the Chamber of Commerce.
Question: Yeah, but chances are that, you know, barring peasants with pitch forks coming up here and pushing the Speaker in to this, um, up to the dais, uh, to get a vote on that, how do you, how do you get that pressure on him?
Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel (D): Well, what we have been doing is we’ve been going, in the interim, we went around the state for quite a while. Uh, we went to different areas of the state and we tried to inform the voters and the citizens that this is the right thing to do. And we’re gonna continue to do that. Um, and as you said, it’s up to public pressure to get these guys to do what they [inaudible], so.
Assistant Minority Floor Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D): Just a, a quick comment, too. I think as we start to see some of these hospitals start to close I think, uh, a lot of our counterparts are gonna have to rethink, uh, how they vote on this.
Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel (D): For the first time in history BJC has laid off employees. I mean, if that’s not an eye awakener I don’t know what is.
Question: Where would you like to see the minimum wage increase to? What is your, what, what’s your proposal [inaudible]?
Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel (D): That’s Representative Roorda. Let’s let Representative Roorda answer that, it’s his bill.
Representative Jeff Roorda (D): Thank you, Jake. Uh, well, first of all, it’s great to be part of a team that is bringing common sense solutions to the table, uh, instead of what we heard in a very red meat speech from the Speaker today that, uh, I think folks notice that, uh, his own caucus was not excited about. We saw nothing but unenthused golf claps, uh, throughout the Speaker’s speech. And I think it’s because it’s an extreme speech, uh, that offers no bipartisan attempt to work with the Governor to pass important legislation. Uh, and I don’t think that’s reflective of the Speaker’s entire caucus, so.
To confirm what, uh, my friend and leader said, I think we’re gonna advance issues like minimum wage, House Bill 1098 was filed in early December. That seeks to raise minimum wage to eight dollars twenty-five cents per hour. Uh, for tipped employees it, it raises their percentage of minimum wage from fifty percent to sixty percent. It also, uh, doubles the damages, uh, for employees who were not, uh, paid properly under the minimum wage statutes. So, uh, it very closely mirrors the, uh, petition initiative, uh, that just fell few signatures short of getting on the ballot in November two thousand twelve. And it’s common sense legislation I think, uh, Missourians of every stripe can agree that it’s good for our state and good for our economy.
Question: Do you keep the COLA on?
Representative Jeff Roorda (D): Keep the COLA, yes.
Representative Jeff Roorda (D).
Question: Last year, uh, Representative Barnes, uh, worked on an alternate Medicaid proposal that would include, uh, a smaller increase with some, uh, market based reforms mixed in. And he’s been working on that over the, uh, since the last session ended. Is that something the House Democrats can get behind?
Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel (D): I, absolutely willing to sit down with Representative Barnes and, and discuss the proposal. I mean, the Speaker created special interim committees. So did the Senate. So tell me now why after we have been working on this the entire interim that all of a sudden they’re, it’s just not gonna be brought up. I mean, why did we waste all the taxpayers’ dollars having these interim committees if they weren’t going to do anything? And, you know, the Speaker said in his speech that he was tired of the Governor picking winners and lose, losers as he did in the Boeing proposal. Unless I’m mistaken, I could’ve swore the Speaker voted for that proposal. So, I’m confused on where he’s going with that.
Question: Question for some of your, uh, maybe for some of your members with the Education Committee. But, on the transfer issue if there comes up an opportunity to leverage that with some of the other issues that, uh, uh, Speaker Jones or the Republicans have been favorable for are there any that you can see working with or using as leverage?
Representative Genise Montecillo (D): Well, first of all, I don’t feel that we should be leveraging the children of this state on anything. They should be our number one priority. Educating our children in this state should be our number one issue that we’re addressing this session. Um, without that everything else falls by the wayside. So, no, I don’t believe that our children should be wagered. Uh, there were bills last year, I filed a bill, and, and several of us did and we were told that unless the Speaker’s legislation was moved ours wouldn’t see the light of day and it didn’t. That’s wrong. If we know something is gonna provide good education outcomes that should be a priority.
Representative Genise Montecillo (D).
Question: What would you like, do you have a proposal on the transfer law in terms of what changes you, your caucus supports on, on that law?
Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel (D): No, we don’t, we don’t have a, you know, we’ve looked at the proposal that being brought forward in the Senate. Um, we think there’s some good ground work there, think there’s some changes that probably need to be make, be made. But, um, and I’ll let Representative McNeil. She’s not here. [crosstalk] Well.
Representative Genise Montecillo (D): Representative McNeil does have, um, she’s working on legislation. She’s not present today.
Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel (D): I think there’s some common sense things that we can, we can start with. Like, I think that it’s, I think that it’s not out of the picture to say that the receiving districts can at least have some common sense way to set classroom sizes. Certainly I don’t think that they should be able to lower them they way some of them have below the number of students that they already actually have in class. Uh, but I think that there’s, there should be some reasonable expectations to, uh, take in mind classroom sizes in those proposals. And there’s some other things that we can work on, but, um, it’s a tough issue as everybody knows.
Representative Genise Montecillo (D): I think one other point to understand and, it’s worrisome to me that the Speaker said that the transfer issue doesn’t seem to be a priority for him. Back in St. Louis we have students that already lost their teachers this year. They, when they return to school after the snow storm they are going to brand new schools. Their school has closed. I don’t, I cannot understand how that’s good, um educational policy for our children.
Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel (D): Any other questions? Okay. Thank you.
As the House considered SB 224 in yesterday’s session it became a vehicle for adding amendments (provisions that existed in other amendments in other bills or for bills which are languishing in legislative purgatory).
Last Action: 5/16/2013 – Requests to Recede or Grant Conference Calendar–SCS for SB 224-Curls, et al, with HA 1, HA 2, HA 3, HA 4, HSA 1 for HA 5, HA 6, HA 7 & HA 8 (Senate requests House recede or grant conference)
HA 5 to SB 224 was introduced by Representative Rick Brattin (r). Representative Jeff Roorda (D) raised a point of order, pointing out that this particular amendment was going to be a vehicle for something else (it was). From the House Rules:
Must Be Germane
Rule 69. [pdf] No motion or proposition on a subject different from that under consideration shall be admitted under color of amendment.
The Speaker ruled against the point of order.
Representative Jeff Roorda (D).
Sure enough, Representative Holly Rehder (r) was recognized and introduced HSA [House Substitute Amendment] 1 to HA 5 to SB 224.
Representative Roorda (D) asked in his inquiry of Representative Rehder (r) if the substitute amendment was another vehicle to apply “right to work” to public sector first responder unions (specifically, the bill would apply to Kansas City Police). Representative Rehder (r) answered, eventually, that the amendment would indeed do so. A request was made for a recorded vote (with at least five members standing to agree). The recorded vote was granted.
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES ROORDA (Sponsor), AND COLONA (Co-sponsor).
0176L.02I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 407, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to retailer hours on Thanksgiving Day.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 407, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 407.1600, to read as follows:
407.1600. This section shall be known and may be cited as the “Thanksgiving Family Protection Act”. Retailers in this state shall be closed during the hours of 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This section shall not apply to restaurants or retailers whose primary business is motor fuel sales or pharmaceutical sales.
Don’t hold your breath. Besides, you can always eat the leftovers for a few few days after.
Wonder why it’s taken so long for a bill to grab any traction making it illegal for lawmakers to work as political consultants?
Because former House Speaker Rod Jetton wasn’t the only one doing it.
The article in question mentions Jeff Roorda’s work for Sam Page (if that was the only work for a legislator, Jetton still leads $234K to $20K)
The Speaker of the Missouri House is the most powerful person in the Missouri House. The Minority Whip is probably near the bottom of the top 25 depending on how many permanent committees are in existence at this time.
In other words, the Majority Whip is in the top 5 of power in the 163 member house most of the time. And I’d need to do more digging to decide on if the Democratic Whip is powerful enough to be near the top 20% of the Legislature in power and influence.
That being said. Legislators still shouldn’t be paid political consultants and Reporters will unleash false equivalence beyond all reason. This changes nothing.