Monday, July 12, 2004

Who's to blame for the infamous blue-law bill

In this editorial ("You Vet!," 7/12/04), the Richmond paper blames everybody for the infamous blue-law bill, including:

"A State Senator, who is a lawyer, proposed the bill, which was drafted by the General Assembly's division of legislative services. The appropriate committees studied the bill and sent it to the floor. The ladies and gentlemen of the oldest and most distinguished legislative body in the New World overewhelingly endorsed the measure. The bill sailed through the House with scant recorded opposition. No one in the Senate voted nay.

An Attorney General's office that misses few opportunities to score clever partisan points missed the bill's fatal flaws. Gubernatorial advisers - including Cabinet officials and aides who have won awards for their professionalism - recommended that His Nibs sign the legislation. A chief executive applauded by the corporate community for applying business-like discipline to government confidently provided his John Hancock."

In this column ("Day-of-rest fracas is a tempest in a teapot," 7/11/04) from the Virginian-Pilot, the head of the Division of Legislative Services says he is responsible.

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