Republicans argue lawmakers are spending their time on too many side issues.
Today Senate Republicans, who lately have tempered their criticism of majority Democrats who are working closely with them on the budget and other issues, told reporters the Legislature has “drifted” away from the budget, jobs and government reform. They noted hearings have been held or scheduled on:
- recognizing gay marriage.
- abolishing the death penalty.
- registering 16-year-olds to vote.
- creating a state bank.
- banning plastic bags
- mandating businesses to offer sick leave.
Republicans also mentioned bills that haven’t received hearings, including limits on …