Every election cycle, candidates come to our doors, beg for a hearing and request our vote.
There is an unspoken understanding that when the time comes, they will give us a hearing and then a vote. What we have gotten this session is a game of whodunnit. Phantom fiscal notes, murky opposition, blame-shifting, mysterious position shifts make the last two months seem like a very long and repetitive Hardy Boys book. So, let’s gather up our pals and solve this mystery.
At the end of the session if the bill dies, who killed the bill? Key suspects:
Ben Kieckhefer: Senator K. has long said he didn’t like this bill and didn’t have time for it. In a weird change of heart, he is now in favor of it as witnessed by his release of AB405 from HIS finance committee after a 31 day hostage situation. Apparently it took 31 days to find the fiscal notes on NELIS, read them and finally decide the FantomPhiscalNote was not going to appear suddenly. In fact he is so in favor of AB405, he didn’t need to attend Monday’s hearing in front of his committee. Thank you for your upcoming vote on the Floor of the Senate.
Michael Roberson: Majority Leader has ALWAYS supported this bill. The flood of yes on 405 postcards he received in the last several weeks has givien strength to his support. We thank him for his upcoming vote on the Floor of the Senate.
Greg Brower: Senator B has been able to dance away from this issue because it has not come before him. He has rebuffed several constituents when asked about this issue. Why don’t we put it before him and see where he stands? He doesn’t want to talk about it, he doesn’t want to think about it, he doesn’t want to vote on it!!
Joe Hardy, Chairman of HHS graciously took AB405 from Finance and gave it a hearing. But he has also said there will be NO vote until he has assurances that 11 will vote for it on the floor. Why? A little bit like saying I am not going to vote in the upcoming presidential election until I know for sure the guy I like is going to win. How are voters to know who is standing with parents and who is not?
Aaron Ford, Minority Leader: There is a good chance that the minority caucus will hang together in opposition to this bill. One of the biggest supporters of Democrats is Planned Parenthood and killing AB405 has always been their number one goal. Will the Democrats walk in lock-step or will they stand with parents – pro-choice and pro-life – who view parents as their children’s advocate rather than their children’s enemy?
Governor Sandoval. In the paper poll known as the GREAT 2015 AB405 Postcard Campaign, Governor Sandoval ran neck and neck with Senator Kieckhefer. Although many have had assurances that Governor Sandoval will sign the bill should it get to his desk, many suspect that he has been the force behind the several attempted legislative homicides on this commonsense bill. A common refrain from legislators, lobbyists and citizens is “if he wanted the bill, he would get it – witness the Bullying Bill.”
The citizens have spoken with one voice. The phone calls, emails, post cards and attendance at both hearings were overwhelmingly in favor of this bill. Come the next election cycle, this bill and its outcome will be a factor. And then, the mystery will be solved.