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Why Even Bring Up This Resolution?

April 6, 2011

It looks like the decision on the Senate’s side to Resolution 692 will be a temporary thorn in the side of Senate Republicans who don’t want anything to do with the House redistricting plan; a plan that chamber has already killed.

The intent of the resolution, which you can read here, was to allow Phil Bryant and Billy McCoy to call their chambers’ back into business until April 11, if they had reason to. The House leadership got a hold of the resolution and are using it as a life-line to resurrect their previously rejected map. The House is debating this as we type, and it will likely pass the chamber when it comes to a vote.

Looking back, this resolution shouldn’t have ever come up. The Senate leadership should have been looking ahead to any tricks McCoy and company may have up their sleeve so another potentially difficult showdown would be avoided.

There is now talk that the Senate could adjourn without taking up the resolution if it does indeed come back with the House plan. That would be the easiest path forward. Of course, Republicans will need the votes for Sine Die.

As for the House map, there are some changes in the Starkville area. So nothing of significance or anything that would give the GOP reason to vote for it.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Curious permalink
    April 6, 2011 1:28 pm

    Does the amendment not violate the House Rules???

    House Rule #35: “No motion or proposition on a subject different from that under consideration shall be admitted under color of an amendment; NOR SHALL ANY AMENDMENT BE ADOPTED CHANGING THE ORIGINAL PURPOSE OF THE BILL.”

    SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 692:

    “A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO RECONVENE THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE ON OR BEFORE APRIL 11, 2011.

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    CONCURRING THEREIN, That if the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House of Representatives jointly determine that it is necessary for the Senate and House to reconvene on or before April 11, 2011, the Senate and House shall reconvene on the date and time jointly declared by the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker.”

    What kind of political garbage are they attempting to pull?

    • Ivehadbetter permalink
      April 6, 2011 4:10 pm

      A Point of Order was raised on this issue… along with four additional points of order and the Speaker ruled them Not Well Taken. Questionable rulings, but he is the Speaker.

  2. MSDawg permalink
    April 6, 2011 1:59 pm

    The worm farmer and his boys are controlling this process…. Very disappointing if you are a Republican in Mississippi to see our leadership getting steamrolled by McCoy, Moak, Reynolds, Flaggs, Blackmon and Brandon Jones.

    If this is a glimpse to life post-Haley Barbour, we are in trouble.

    • Curious permalink
      April 6, 2011 5:27 pm

      Haley Barbour, pre- or post-, is an irrelevant reference on this issue.

      Perhaps “post-majority-democrat-controlled-chambers” is more suitable.

  3. Politico81 permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:45 pm

    What you call insignificant could end up being very significant. Think back to the Senate vote and the objections of a certain Senator from the Starkville area about what the House Plan did to Starkville. Also, consider the reports that at least two Senators voted for conference who would have otherwise concurred had it not been for the fact that a majority existed to send to conference.

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