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Thursday, February 7, 2008

! Taping Bill May Not Be Dead !

Magically, the legislative committee that killed the taping bill will hold a very rare session tonight to reconsider it. Here is a blog posting from the TNT's Kim Bradford, which says in part:

"I spoke to state Rep. Sam Hunt Tuesday just minutes after his committee had tabled its scheduled vote on House Bill 3292, legislation that would require public bodies to tape their executive sessions. (See today's editorial.) Given this week's deadline for getting bills out of committee and the fact that Hunt's committee wasn't supposed to meet again this week, the bill appeared to be dead. But Hunt — who said he's a yes vote — told me to stay tuned.

"Sure enough, on Wednesday, the Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs suddenly scheduled another meeting for tonight at 6 p.m. On the agenda: HB 3292.
This might have something to do with the fact that the bill was prime sponsored by Majority Leader Lynn Kessler."

NOW--as in right now--is the time to contact your legislator to support HB 3292. This link lets you type in your zip code and then sends you directly to your legislators' email addresses. Couldn't be easier.

Here is The Olympian's coverage of the new hearing on the bill.