It's amazing what you can find when you go clicking through BASIS.
For instance, consider this: there are apparently no bills flowing through the Senate Rules Committee. Senate Bill 45, the Sonya Ivanoff Law, which I have been following closely from a professional angle floated through its first two committees but has now been stuck in Rules since February 12th. The much-touted ethics legislation has been stuck there as long. It just strikes me as odd that while the House is passing laws left and right, the Senate has hardly voted on anything.
I don't know what John Cowdery is up to but that has never stopped me from a little blatant speculation (or b.s. as you might call it) with varying degrees of seriousness:
- Cowdery is sick and can't have a meeting of the committee. Nope, he was at a Senate HESS Committee meeting yesterday and he surely has a vice-chair.
- Cowdery's office was searched by the FBI last August so maybe he's corrupt and doesn't want those ethics bills to pass. If so, this might confirm Gene Therriault's objections at the beginning of the term.
- The bipartisan Senate majority wants to avoid any issue that is mildly controversial for fear of splitting apart on the Senate floor. If that's the case, and they think Sonya Ivanoff is too controversial, they're never going to get anything done this term.