Question of the day
Monday, Feb 28, 2011
* The Better Government Association took a look at some of the bills assigned to the House Agricultural Committee this year…
That “gaming” bill involves horse racing, which is in Ag’s natural domain.
* And then comes the editorializing…
Actually, a hog farming bill might very well have an impact on public health.
People aren’t necessarily chosen for committee assignments based on their “expertise.” If they were, the committee assignments would look a bit different than they do now. The sparsely populated Counties and Townships Committee would have a lot more members than it does, for instance.
* The truth is that the House Ag Committee has been the place to send more culturally conservative legislation for a while now so that the sponsors are assured that their legislation makes it to the floor. Madigan likes to make his members happy, and getting floor votes on bills is part of that process. This started with guns and went from there. Pro gun bills were sent to Ag. Gun control bills were sent to whatever committee had the most liberals on it.
The “child abuse” bill assigned to Ag requires people whose work encompasses “abortions, abortion counseling, abortion referrals, contraceptives, contraceptive counseling, sex education, or gynecological care and services” to report suspected child abuse. Hence, the assignment.
* Anyway, I’ve been thinking for a while that Ag’s name should be changed to reflect its far more influential role in the process. So…
* The Question: What should be the House Agricultural Committee’s more “appropriate” new name?
Snark is heavily encouraged, of course.