Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wisconsin Senate Works for 20 Minutes & Takes the Rest of the Month Off

Nice work if you can get it. The Wisconsin Senate met long enough to swear in Jessica King and Jennifer Shilling and then tabled all pending legislation until October. Maybe the criticism of lazy, greedy state workers isn't totally false.

On the over-achiever side, the State Assembly met and arrested a couple of kids for silently video-taping their proceedings. Plenty of video of them being dragged out of Assembly chambers...ah, democracy at it's finest.



So, it's an interesting conundrum. Assembly rules say that only credentialed members of the press may record proceedings. Wisconsin Eye is taping every day they meet and on any given day members of the media are as well, so plenty of video devices. What's the problem with a couple more?

The Assembly says it's distracting...as if dragging young women out isn't.

The Assembly gets to have it's rules, however Wisconsin State Statute 19.90 states that all public bodies must make a reasonable effort to accommodate any person desiring to record, film or photograph a meeting as long as it does not "interfere" with the meeting. Does the Wisconsin Statute trump Assembly rules? The Siren says yes, but we only play a lawyer on the internet.

What is clear, dragging out and arresting people quietly taping Assembly proceedings - who may have a legal stance to do so - makes one look shady with something to hide. In Fitzwalkerstan, do as you are told or meet the Man.