“We Want to Vote for It” – Speaker Fox Discovers a Novel Way to Handle Legislation
In yesterday’s Providence Journal, House Speaker Gordon Fox describes how the new Rhode Island fireworks law came to be.
“It was my intention to put it in just to get the discussion going for next year,” Fox said. “And the members just liked it. So next thing I know, they’re like, ‘We want to vote for it.’ And boom — I shouldn’t say boom — it passed.”
So let’s review. The bill was considered in committee, with testimony and everything. It was voted out of committee and onto the House floor. And then (drum roll), all seventy five House members got to, you know, express their sincere opinion about the bill by voting “Yea” or “Nay” on it.
It wasn’t held in committee for further study. Once on the Floor, it didn’t get sent back to committee with an extremely convenient, uniquely interpreted voice vote.
Amazing! Any chance this procedure will catch on for other – dare we say all – bills that are filed at the General Assembly?