There were a couple of interesting things that happened at the State House this week. The first happened when we convened first thing on Monday. The computer systems were out and we started voting by voice vote on the uncontested parts of the budget. After an hour or two of making great progress, the Governor took to social media to blast the House for being “secretive” and “breaking the law” by not voting on the board (which wasn’t working). The computers eventually came back up and because of the outcry from the Governor, it was decided that we had to start all over and vote using the costlier and more time consuming board to vote. Wasted 3 hours catching up to where we were!
The second happened when the House was standing ‘at ease’. We were waiting for some amendments to the budget to be composed and during the lull, my colleague Rep. Roger Kirby (D-Lake City) came to the well and was convinced to sing a song from the play ‘Les Miserables’. He was spectacular and it was a welcomed break from the stress of budget week!