Update July 17, 2008
According to Rep John Blust, he and three others spoke against the bill during second reading on the House Floor.
Update: Speaker Joe Hackney allowed no discussion or debate on the final reading of SB 1875 and immediately went straight to the floor vote: 87-25.
State Auditor Les Merritt has uncovered a host of wrongdoing and general skullduggery during his tenure. In 2008, the Democrats have painted a bull's eye on his back and much of the Republican leadership is acquiescing.
Why? The auditor's job is to uncover criminal and ethical activities. Often legislators can't seem to avoid it. Simply to vote "no" on this bill presents an air of "guilt" by association.
NC Senate Bill 1875 fouls the so-called transparency promised by NC General Assembly. It stymies accountability and allows the fox to guard the henhouse.
Remember when the General Assembly Leadership promised more openness and ethics reform? Are we, the public, once again being deprived of honest services? (And the Amendment, could that have just served as lip service to the constitutional guarantee of representation? Prearranged even?)
Senate Bill 1875 ( aka, HB 2544): AN ACT to recodify the state auditor's hotline authority, to clarify the authority of the State Ethics commission with regards to referrals from the state auditor, and to make other conforming changes.
[Note: the bill title's term 'to clarify' effectively means 'to limit'.]
The following people voted right, on the second reading. The third and final reading is this evening. Who voted right?
Senator(s): Berger, P.; Blake; Brock; East; Goodall; Hunt; Jacumin; Rucho; Tillman / Representative(s): Allred; Avila; Blust; Brown; Cleveland; Daughtry; Dockham; Dollar; Folwell; Frye; Gillespie; Hilton; Holloway; Justus; Killian; Kiser; Langdon; Moore; Pate; Setzer; Starnes; West
How did your Rep vote? http://ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?session=2007&BillID=S1875&votesToView=all
Editor's Note: Katy's Conservative Corner supports the NC Auditor (Les Merritt) and appreciates all he has done for this state. Sadly, there was no one to stand up for you on the House floor.
KCC thanks NC Right Stuff for their help on this article.