Laying the groundwork for plausible deniability.
"The veto overrides, I believe, are always listed on the calendar, given the fact that they are always in our “veto garage” and eligible to come up anytime we are in session," Shaw responded. "But I don’t know of any plans that differ from what the Speaker told you earlier. To my knowledge, the plan remains to take up technical corrections to the redistricting bill and get out of town."
"But again," he added, "veto overrides are always eligible, as you know."
Here is an excerpt of the Speaker's comments to which he was referring:
“And there will clearly not be any veto overrides or anything," Tillis added. "I want to assure them that this is just purely an administrative meeting to satisfy our constitutional requirements.”
Here's the Calendar in question, which was just released Friday. It lists HB351 (Voter ID bill), HB482 (water rules), SB709 (fracking, etc.), SB727 (teachers-union-bashing), and HB7 (blocking federal tuition loans).
Now, if you scroll down the page showing the history of actions taken, all the bills listed except Voter ID had been placed on the Calendar at some time in the past few months. But that history hasn't been updated for Voter ID yet, meaning it was (formally) placed on the schedule very recently. Like last week recently.
Not only does that blow away Shaw's "always listed on the Calendar" comment, it also signifies "intent". As in, the GOP leadership intends to make a move on Voter ID, regardless of the bullshit comments made by the Speaker of the House last week.
To my knowledge...
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