The Press Statements You'll Never Hear -
Public Officials Always Publish Disgraceful News On Friday Afternoons.
So by a 33-9 vote, the measure went to the governor. Senator Dahm then heard his senate leadership say the next day that the session is about to end. Dahm encouraged President Pro Temp, Schultz to simply adjourn to the call of the gavel and waite 6 more days to declare the session over (Sine Die).
The reason for that move is because the constitution gives the governor only 5 days to act on a bill while the legislature is in session, or the bill on her desk becomes law. But after the legislature ends their session, the governor has broad new powers to let bills lay dormant for 15 days and any bill she doesn't sign is automatically vetoed.
What's even more disappointing is that the legislature permanently loses the power to override the governor's veto. But many of Fallin's critics say that was the plan all along.
Senator Dahm pressed his own senate leaders to wait, but he says those same leaders blamed the House leadership for refusing the request. Speaker McCall has not made a public statement denying this point. Folks will have to decide who's pulling a slick deception here.
The net result is that many senators and house members who were distrusted by gun rights advocates now have a roll call vote saying they now support this constitutional issue. they are all saying "Awe Shucks!" in unison, and we really don't have a reliable record to look to, because what might be the lame duck governor, willing to prop up what might be dishonest pandering.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...