Watered down

You have to wonder sometimes what lawmakers in Juneau possibly could be thinking.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy in February offered a tough criminal justice bill. Instead of using the opportunity to make Alaskans safer, the House Majority watered down the measure, and then rushed to pack it with amendments and other bills over a few days, before calling it good and sending it to the Senate.

Almost unbelievably, there were page upon page of amendments at the last moment and Republican testimony was limited and no time was allowed for the minority to read the majority’s changes. To its credit, the House GOP minority did not buy in and voted no.

Apparently the ‘yays’ were not paying attention during the last election when Alaskans sick of crime and the state’s revolving door criminal justice system said they wanted changes, real changes in Senate Bill 91, a measure blamed for much of the crime surge in Alaska.

Despite the problems, there are some in the Legislature who cling to SB91, now law, and are trying to salvage it because its aim was to save the state money.

House Bill 49 may or may not save money, but it does Alaskans little good.

It is just something else to remember for the next election.

4 Responses to Watered down

  1. John London May 11, 2019 at 11:04 am

    The party of crime. Guess Who?

    TRUMP 2020
    Now, more than ever!

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  2. Morrigan May 12, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Respectfully disagree…
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    It’s not about saving money.
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    It’s about the ultimate protection racket!
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    It’s about the (expl del) in our so-called legislature knowingly and deliberately allowing crime to increase to the point that only an income tax and a sales tax and a crime tax and some other kind of tax can, according to these (expl del), solve the problem…
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    because after all it’s not a crime issue, it’s something that only paying more money to state government can fix.
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    No? What else can it be?
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    Since Alaska became a state 60 years and 4 months ago, we’re supposed to believe nobody in state government has the knowledge or initiative to write effective crime law, or hire somebody to write effective crime law, or just plain plagiarize some other state’s reasonably effective crime law?
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    But no worries… surely the Great Alaska LeDoux Vote Experiment and every rotten, corrupt thing like it in our House of So-Called Representative assure us that crime is under control.
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    So all we need if we want more “protection” is yet another delphi meeting to persuade hard-working folks in the Holy City of Juneau that some kind of tax is desperately needed for an enhanced version of the protection racket under which we now suffer.
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    You so-called legislators are disgusting. One can’t help but wonder how much of your self respect… assuming you had any… did you sacrifice to (expl del) your law-abiding constituents and satisfy your buyers.
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    Oh well, we’ll figure out something to get through it, in spite of you sorry lot.
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    Starting with jury nullification, maybe a stand-your-ground initiative…

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  3. Leroy Reid May 12, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Won’t they ever learn?

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  4. R-Dubya May 13, 2019 at 4:47 am

    What a complete circus down there in Juneau. Conservatives really need to rally the base to remove, replace and basically offer ‘true’ responsible / conservative leaders. This will take a concerted effort to get Conservatives to the polls in future elections.

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