31 May 2005

Floor action, May 31: SB 77

Who knew that burial policies would be the biggest issue on this day, deciding whether companies had to adhere to the minimums on their policies, which are much lower than present costs today, or to go back to the previous law which made those companies go beyond these minimums?

SB 77 is supposed to revert to the previous law. Present law made such insurance outfits adhere only to the minimums. What truly was incredible is the suggestion that rather than the Legislature taking responsibility for deciding whether the policies should be enforced at a certain amount, that this matter should be set by the courts. When did we dispense with the notion that it is the judiciary, rather than the Legislature, that should determine the law?

Its governance remains in the hands of the Legislature; the bill failed 15-19.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s a nude picture of me and [state Rep. Danny] Martiny.”

State Rep. John Alario, giving a gift to the departing Rep. Derrick Shepherd, who is moving on to the Senate.

WEDNESDAY: HB 273 is scheduled to be heard in the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee; HB 568 is scheduled to be heard in the House Transportation, Highways, and Public Works Committee; HB 173 is scheduled to be heard in the House Ways and Means Committee.

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