The stops and starts of the first month of non-work in the House have rightfully drawn the ire of House Democrats. In a press release labeled "HB 122: The bill that was never properly before the House", Rep. Cecil Brown (D - Jackson) was quoted as saying:
"Republicans are fast-tracking selective legislation by subverting the committee process and bringing bills out on the floor well before their time. This method of forcing bills down our throats has happened twice and it needs to stop.”For those who missed the point, Rep. Bob Evans (D - Monticello) told WLBT there would be no rolling over if Republicans stand determined to steamroll the rules of the House and of basic decency. Hopefully, Speaker Gunn is learning that the Speaker's stand is no place to work out your frustrations over seeing Jim Hood reelected. If not, he can expect the likes of Bob Evans and Cecil Brown to be waiting at every turn. Don't let the numbers on the House vote tally fool you, these folks are no "wimps or rabbits." And if House Republicans continue in their efforts to ramrod shoddy legislation, they will be in for a long, unpleasant session.