An amendment to Guns In Lots Fix Version 53.6 gets the vamoose:
When Pody’s amendment came up, McCormick – with backing from House Chief Clerk Joe McCord – said the amendment was “outside the caption” of his bill. The state constitution requires that the “caption” required for each bill filed include a short description of its content. If a topic is not include, it can be declared in violation of the state constitution.
Pody disagreed, but McCormick moved to table, or kill, his amendment “regardless of whether its a good idea or not” because of the caption problem. Forty-five representatives voted with McCormick to kill the bill, 29 voted to support it and 25 did not vote one way or the other.
Via Humphrey, Rep. Joe Carr swears that the reason he wants to keep people from switching sides in primaries has nothing to do with his race against Sen. Lamar Alexander right now.
The race to replace Torry Johnson is getting more crowded: Diane Lance, special assistant to the mayor, has pulled papers.
While she was still a prosecutor in the DA's office, Lance was herself a victim of a violent crime. Her attacker was charged with aggravated assault, and he eventually plead down to assault. Having spent years on the other side of the judicial system, Lance says it was, among other things, a learning experience.
"That really opened my eyes to what it's like for victims," she says.
Steven Hale with a report from one of the more interesting council meetings in recent memory:
Early on in the proceedings, the council gave preliminary approval to a $66 million incentive package for HCA. It's almost identical to the package offered to the company in December 2012, in connection with the company's plans for a site on West End that later fell through. Back then, the incentives did stir some debate, but they eventually passed with only one opposing vote. Tuesday night, the new package, for HCA's new North Gulch site, advanced quickly with nary a word, except for Councilman Ronnie Steine's introduction in which he stated that "there are few better corporate citizens than HCA."
The council also advanced, on first reading, Mayor Karl Dean's proposal to privatize two senior care facilities in Bordeaux. (More on that in this week's print issue.) So far, there hasn't been any outspoken opposition to the plan from council members, but it still requires two more votes.
The rest of the meeting, however, was fraught with heated, albeit occasionally meandering, debate about fiscal responsibility and priorities.