Friday, March 23, 2007

Pressure to approve Private Acts

An interesting dynamic in the General Assembly involves private acts. Private acts are legislation that affect an area less than the state as a whole. Typically, these are revisions to city and county charters. In this clip Rep. Odom is rather pointedly questioning Rep. Crider's voting record on other member's private acts. My guess is that there is something more going on than just simply the private act issue. Voting in favor of a private act that does not affect your district is considered by some a courtesy. However, in recent years, private acts involving taxes or liquor have provided some controversy.