[r51] Rep. Dodge's Statement on Democrat procedural moves (2/21/2008)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Start Date: 2/21/2008 All Day
End Date: 2/21/2008
(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 19, 2008 - House Republicans were disappointed Thursday because the majority Democrats unreasonably denied them the opportunity to add amendments to Senate Bill 345, which contained measures dealing with incorrect classification of employees. House Democrats, who hold a 51-49 majority, attempted to amend illegal-immigration legislation into the bill, but in a way that denied Republicans the same opportunity.

"I am appalled that the House Democrats denied my colleagues and me the ability to participate in the amendment process," said Rep. Dick Dodge (R-Pleasant Lake). "As a representative, my constituents expect me to voice their opinions, and as a result of the Democrat shenanigans, they have denied my constituents the right to be heard."

House Democrats denied Republicans the opportunity to offer amendments to toughen sanctions against employers who hire illegal immigrants and to deny most state benefits to illegal immigrants.

Republicans had already filed a measure with a get-tough attitude on illegal immigration, but Democrat Speaker B. Patrick Bauer refused to hand it down.