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Drunk Legislators? There ought to be a law!
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, May 23, 2006

At least that's what Oregon thinks:
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon legislators and staff members should not be drunk while performing their official duties, a citizen panel says.

The Public Commission on the Oregon Legislature adopted that recommendation Monday, although the panel decided to leave it to House and Senate leaders to draft rules against intoxication and possible penalties.

"We were uncomfortable acting as a nanny," said Kerry Tymchuk, a commission member and state director for U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore.

The new policy was suggested by Steve Doell, president of Crime Victims United, who said he and another member of the group noticed alcohol on the breath of at least one legislator at the end of the 2005 session while they were advocating tougher drunken-driving penalties.

Doell declined to identify the legislator.

Neither Senate nor House rules deal with possession or consumption of alcohol by legislators and staff members. Alcohol is barred from most state buildings, but it can be served at Capitol functions with written approval of the legislative administrator and under certain conditions.
LUI? Legislating Under the Influence? Considering some of the laws I've seen, there may have been more of this going on than you and I think. And, come to think of it, we might be well served if they passed such a law for Congress. They could give the bill the same name in both chambers and cut down on the confusion.

They could call it the "Kennedy Bill".

Co-sponsors anyone?

HT: Joe Reames.
 
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They could call it the "Kennedy Bill".
Or the "George W. Bush Reform Act".
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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"We were uncomfortable acting as a nanny," said Kerry Tymchuk, a commission member and state director for U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore.
Words fail me here ... Tymchuk must think we’re complete idiots.
 
Written By: MichaelW
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Has GWB ever been a legislator, Pogue?
 
Written By: MichaelW
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It would logically follow that Navy veterans should be especially targeted by this bill.

You know, something about "drunken sailors." :-)
 
Written By: equitus
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Or the "George W. Bush Reform Act".
Think, Pogue, think ... not in both chambers.

It’s a perfect line, for heaven sake. ;)
 
Written By: McQ
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Has GWB ever been a legislator, Pogue?
See, MichaelW. That’s the thing about humor.
It doesn’t have to be %100 accurate. You may not find that comment to be funny, but rest assured, I laughed my ass off. (as I usually do, which is one of the many reasons that I frequently visit QandO… to be amused. Whether I’m laughing at McQ, or myself. Makes little difference to me.)

Why not ask if Kennedy had ever been caught or accused of LUI?

See.

Humor doesn’t have to be %100 accurate. Get it?

(now laugh at yourself)
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Think, Pogue, think ... not in both chambers.
It’s a perfect line, for heaven sake. ;)

Yeah, I don’t get it.
I guess it’s a wayhomer.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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See, MichaelW. That’s the thing about humor. It doesn’t have to be %100 accurate.
It sure helps if you want it to be funny though ...
(now laugh at yourself)
Uhh ... you’re not the boss of me!
(See! Accurate and funny!)
 
Written By: MichaelW
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Uhh ... you’re not the boss of me!
(See! Accurate and funny!)


Touché.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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But, but the phrase, "Drunk as a Lord" what will become of it?
 
Written By: Joe
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In order to bring attention to the Kennedy cover up, a group of like minded conservatives have banded together to produce the successful "Kennedy Sobriety Checkpoint," held this past week in D.C.

They stood together, fighting the good fight, making the roads safer for you and me.

Their video can be seen at the Public Advocate Website. http://www.publicadvocateusa.org/
 
Written By: Jimmy Dean
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