The ‘Drawers’ Bill Is No More

By unanimous voice vote, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee this afternoon rendered merciful death to this, the dumbest piece of legislation (and that’s saying a lot) to ever pass out of the Virginia House of Delegates, and in so doing, seared itself endearingly into the hearts and memories of millions around the world.


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  1. Will Vehrs Avatar

    No if, ands, or butts?

  2. Will Vehrs Avatar

    No if, ands, or butts?

    We’re going to miss this bill.

  3. Barnie Day Avatar

    Will, recall my earlier observation that most legislation begins when some schmuck walks into a legislator’s office and simply asks for it and then read the wire service report on the committee action this afternoon. Poor Mr. Howell, who submitted this ridiculous time-waster, informs us that he got this lame-brained idea when several constituents suggested it to him in his barbershop. Just so you know that I rarely make stuff up.

  4. Phil Rodokanakis Avatar
    Phil Rodokanakis

    This bill reinforces my belief that the House leadership is very weak to non-existing. It’s time that the Republican Caucus move to find another Speaker…

  5. Barnie Day Avatar

    Phil, I certainly agree that we need a change in the House leadership, but not because of this bill. I guarantee you circumstances conspired to give Mr. Howell, the patron of this bill, considerations he would not have gotten otherwise. I promise you this bill didn’t get out of committee on its merits. It got out of committee and to the floor because a few of them knew that he just get killed on it–and they wanted that to happen, not in some small hidden committee room, but under the bright lights of the big stage–on the floor! So they let it out. Happens all the time. They’ll get a rookie legislator with a stupid bill to defend on his feet and keep him there and bleed him for two hours. And then vote it down 99-0. But something else happened this time. Lionell Spruill, a fellow Democrat, a fellow black, a fellow Tidewater rep, got up and caustically insulted this innocent, earnest man. The second that happened, the tide turned on the floor and a large majority voted it out–not because they thought it a good bill, but to give Spruill some comeuppance. Of course the press picked up and paid attention then and the chase was on. You’re not going to read that in the papers, but that’s what happened. It was Spruill.

  6. The shameless and outright attack on the free expression of the skate board and rapper community has finally ceased, but the legislation was flawed from the beginning because “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” [Oscar Wilde]

    Get rid of House Speaker Bill Howell … Surely you jest? Virginia’s Speakers of the House never die, they just fade away.

  7. Phil Rodokanakis Avatar
    Phil Rodokanakis

    Steve: Wilkins certainly didn’t just fade away.

    Barnie: I didn’t mean that the leadership should change just because of this bill. But this bill is just an example of the many other bad bills that are being pushed through an obviously leaderless legislative body.

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