Did California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez punish an Orange County Republican Assemblyman yesterday for balking at an alleged appalling lack of transparency in state spending proposals?
Speaker John A. Perez
That's a question raised this morning at a "God and Governance" conference in Newport Beach by Allan Mansoor, a conservative who represents a large portion of coastal Orange County in Sacramento.
According to Mansoor, it's standard practice that members are given at least a 24-hour advance to study upcoming legislative ideas before a vote, but that in an Assembly healthcare subcommittee on Friday Democrats gave Republicans two pages of proposals--including millions of dollars in new, unexamined spending--a mere 25 minutes before a scheduled vote.
"I said, 'This is ridiculous,'" Mansoor told the audience that had gathered inside St. James Church to plot ways to combat the "evil"--homosexuality, abortion, contraception and Godlessness--overtaking the nation with President Barack Obama at the helm. "[The new legislative proposals] are not transparent to us. It's not transparent to members of the public or the press, who want to read about it and understand it."More »