Posted: 2:41 pm Thursday, March 13th, 2014

In the midst of ‘Franken-bill’ fight, Senate tables all House measures 

By Jim Galloway

The House and Senate have spent the better part of today creating “Franken-bills” by patching one bill onto another – as a way of forcing the other chamber to take up their favorites.

Tempers are apparently at a breaking point, according to my AJC colleague Kristina Torres.

Just before the Senate tabled all House bills on its calendar, Rules Chairman Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, who controls traffic on the chamber floor, had this to say:

“Work is never enough. We always do what we’re supposed to do. We get the job done. But good deeds never go unpunished. Well, I had offered to be here on Sunday with my staff. It was never intended…I want them to be with their families.

“Well, we will not be here Sunday to be here for the convenience of the House. We may not be here tomorrow – I’m still deciding on that. We offered an olive branch and were kind of slapped with it.”

Mullis was apparently responding to comments made by House Speaker David Ralston, who took the microphone in his chamber to declare that no member had to come on Sunday to meet with Mullis — because that would take them away from their families.

The Senate is now in recess until 3 p.m., after which it will begin to take up House bills. How many? “More than zero,” we’re told.

And now the House Rules Committee is about to meet, and could yank all Senate bills off its calendar.

10 comments
hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

Hopefully, they'll get a budget. After that a good year would be when no other bills pass.

abmagic
abmagic

Dzvid, hopefully the ridiculous DeKalb city bill is one of them.  Would love nothing more than for those clowns to think they have a city and then have it all undone.

Dzvid
Dzvid

Most of those Frankenbills are unconstitutional. The state constitution expressly prohibits bills having two or more different subject matters. sometimes the subjects are close enough to be questionable, but this year they''ve ignored the constitution completely. I just hoe one or two are challenged and voided by the courts.

Jke
Jke

Not much difference in the maturity level of legislators, children and some habitual bloggers.

Falcaints
Falcaints

Thats what happens when you put Republicans in charge, they can't blame the "train wreck"that is the Georgia legislature on anyone else.

td1234
td1234

Sounds like the Senate was run better under Chip Rodgers and his crew than the Lt. Governor and his people. 

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Probably best if we paid them all to stay home and campaign to do nothing next year.

honested
honested

@td1234  

How many criminal endeavors do you actively support?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@td1234 - It seems the House is equally screwed up as they both talk past each other.  They need some ombudsmen to mediate differences.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Perhaps the most sensible thing you've posted in - like - forever.....