House GOP leaders help McCollum shore up support for federal lawsuitby Dara Kam | April 15th, 2010
Attorney General Bill McCollum‘s attempt at turning a (non-controversial) life insurance bill into a vehicle to boost his (controversial) lawsuit against the federal government over health care reforms backfired last week.
Democrats protested that McCollum’s amendment – tacked onto the life insurance bill in a series of surprise amendments that confused even Republican House General Government Policy Council Chairman Baxter Troutman – wasn’t germane to the original bill.
House Speaker Larry Cretul’s staff and the Democrats agreed to strip the original bill of the McCollum language and instead are introducing it at a stand-alone bill at today’s Rules Committee meeting.
House rules require that amendments be germane to the bills on which they are attached. Often subjective, rulings on germanity frequently threaten credulity.
But a legislative lawyer’s diagram of the germanity rule and its relationship to the bill in question (HB 885) as an explanation to a lawmaker who questioned the process seemingly made the germanity issue clear. As mud.