Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Closed Door Sessions


It seems like some legislators do not like House Minority Whip Mark Martin's live-blogging on committee meetings. His informative reports are posted on his blog "Off the Marble". Today he wrote "this may be the last time I am able to do this".

It seems that Tim Massanelli, the boss of the House staff and reigning expert on matters of rules, cautioned Martin about this practice using the curious reasoning that the state Constitution's ban on legislators being "arrested" or "questioned" while in route to or on their duties was somehow violated by Martin's live-blogging of their comments. I know, I don't get it either. Using that interpretation, I guess it is unconstitutional for one legislator to ask another legislator a question while in session?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Casual observer said...

Massanelli is a true Master of the House, as he can find a rule, or interpretation thereof, to run things as he or the Speaker sees fit. I suspect some of the stodgier Senate members, and perhaps a few House members as well, don't like their tantrums in committee meetings being reported to the general voting public is what this is about.

7:28 AM, August 21, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Are they open? Maybe some regular citizens could take turns doing this.

5:33 AM, August 26, 2009  

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