Anti-Vaxx protest against House Bill 1638, which removes the "personal belief" for the measles vaccine. Lester Black
The Washington State Senate voted against lifting the personal beliefs for the measles vaccine last week. It's remarkable how hard the Republicans have been fighting this week to give their parents the right to have measles parties hosting their children, especially at a moment when the disease wiped out in the US in 2000, is currently spreading the nation and endangering the lives of immunosuppressed children who are dependent on herd immunity.
Last Wednesday, a few minutes before the Senate Republicans launched a series of parliamentary measures to kill the vaccine law, some Republican employees giggled in the wings of the State Senate. On the Democratic side, the majority council was desperate, steering every senator she could find back to the ground. The Republicans were shitting, and she knew it.
With technically limited lifespan, minority parties are trying to spend more time debating invoices than handing over bills.
The majority has created a rule that allows a "4:55 mark". This rule allows the Senate to resolve at 4:55 pm. and immediately think about a new bill. After voting on this new bill, they return to the bill they worked on before the 4:55 bill appeared.
This rule allows the Senate to pass its self imposed 1
Unfortunately, with the Senate's recent Republican harvest, a bill designed to prevent the spread of measles is considered "controversial." Democrats planned to introduce the vaccine bill shortly before the 4:55 bill of the day, a proposal that would supplement the University of Washington's medical school with a campus for behavioral health, and the Republicans were planning to take any action to address this prevent event.
As soon as it was time to submit the vaccine bill, the Republicans got underway.
Sen. Tim Sheldon, a fake Democrat who recently recounted a fake abduction story to explain his reason for voting to protect himself from the usual disclosure practices, tried to introduce a law that he could not introduce technically. His application was rejected for technical reasons.
After Sheldon's failure, Senator Shelly Short jumped to table a bill that the Senate should immediately consider. To stay as far as possible, she and Sen. Minority Leader Mark Schoesler talked for a while on the bill.
As 4:55 approached, Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig asked Governor Cyrus Habib, who presided over whether he could do anything to stop this delaying tactic. Habib told him that all senators can petition to stop the debate on a law being considered. Cheap made this request.
The Senate then voted against Bill's request to end the debate on Short's law. Democrats shouted YES. Republicans shouted NO. The Republicans began to growl and roar in earnest. To delay further, Republicans called for a "split" in which senators must stand up to vote. They did that, and Cheap's proposal was born.
But then Sen. Short demanded again, to waste time, a roll-call vote in which every single senator has to vote his vote yes or no. The Republicans took their time and said the longest possible punishment they could achieve during their vote. (eg, "Senator Rivers chooses aye," not just "aye.")
In the middle of the name-based vote, Sen. Sheldon posed to summon Rule 24-again to lose time-which is a "call." of the Senate. During a Senate call, the spokesperson checks if all senators are in. If a senator is missing and not excused, the state patrol must find the missing senator and drag them into the chambers.
Habib drove continued with the roll call vote, although he was repeatedly interrupted by Sheldon, who repeatedly wanted to explain how the Senate's call worked, and Habib was well aware of Rule 24 and kindly declared that the only person who had not voted, and therefore Therefore, Habib would call the appeal to find out if he had to send the police to absent but unexcused senators.
Without absence, Habib then called for the introduction of the vaccine ruling system, which it was, but not without A lot of shouting from the Republicans After the bill had been read in, the clock struck 4:55 and Habib told the secretary to submit the bill for the psychiatric school.
At one last attempt of detention, Sen. Doug Ericksen, who was a
registered foreign agent "adviser" for the dictatorship of Cambodia, just shouted "Mr. President" until he was finally recognized. Senator Ericksen disagreed with the fact that Sheldon's call had been ignored in the Senate and wasted more time explaining why he thought so.
At this point, Habib explained why he had not given Sheldon's call and gave a witty joke on the way: "At some point we can sit down and I can go over these rules with you," said Habib, "But a call The Senate does not seek members who are being excused, so we apologize, Senator Ericksen, The whole point of the apology is that you would not be called by the Senate if a senator were absent … then this petition would have been fine at that time. At that time, every member except for the present had voted – I can even see that he is present – Senator Sheldon, who has made the Senator request for Senate appeal. "Since Sheldon was the only person who had not voted or been excused and still spoke, Habib said there was no way he was absent, so Habib went on with the Senate business.
Although some questions were asked during the day about whether the vaccine bill was actually introduced on time, Habib confirmed over the phone that there was never a question in his mind. As a survivor of childhood cancer, he said it was "especially important" to get this bill on the ground.
"I know what it looks like for children who are immunosuppressed and can not be self-vaccinated," he said. "I would feel terrible if I had unintentionally done something in my role that would prevent the Senate from handling this law this year."
"I'm thinking more about the parliamentary procedure than anyone else in this building, so I wanted to make sure it was done right, because then it's up to me, if not," added Habib.
Habib also emphasized the fact that minority politicians often scream for their cause on the ground or use delaying tactics to kill bills. "We've done crazy stuff in the minority," he said. "Where you cross the line, in my view, it is when you begin to insult or be disrespectful, I did not like them screaming, but I think the attempt to make such moves is to be expected. " He claimed he had no bad will as a result of the spit between the caucus.
Although majorities expect this kind of minority behavior, it should be noted that all the Republican nonsense – the screaming, the parliamentary harassment, the heavy-handed parliamentary harassment – was at the service of endangering the lives of children with parents who bad science believe. They wasted all that time and energy to improve the world for measles . That's what most Republicans do for the legislature.