In fact, Republican committee chairman Rep. Mark Baker (R - Brandon) refused to allow an amendment that would have prevented any active lawmakers from profiting from Gunn's bill. The following is from a House Democratic Caucus press release:
“This letter corroborates our concern that this bill is and always has been about members of the legislature profiting off of the state,” said Rep. Bob Evans (D-Monticello).
Judiciary A Committee Chairman Mark Baker (R-Brandon) refused to allow the committee to consider an amendment that would have prevented any active legislator from personally profiting from HB 211.
Evans said, “If Republicans continue their efforts to personally profit from taxpayer funds, something is going to explode. It will either be Republican incumbents or the state Treasury.”This bill should hit the House floor sometime this week.