By Derrick DePledge
State Sen. Clayton Hee took to the Senate floor on Friday to address complaints from other senators about his questioning during a debate Thursday over a bill that would create a new Public-Private Partnership Authority.
Hee had asked Sen. Russell Ruderman and Sen. Laura Thielen to specifically explain their objections to the bill. Some senators said privately afterward that Hee should not have asked the question.
In an email to Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and other Senate leaders, Sen. Will Espero complained that the questioning was "overly aggressive and borderline harassment and intimidation."
Espero -- who did not mention any senator by name in the email -- suggested that Kim issue a memo to senators regarding decorum and respect.
Hee, without mentioning Espero by name, spoke Friday of what he described as "the good old days" of the Senate where senators, as a courtesy, spoke to each other directly when they had concerns or planned to vote against another senator's bill.
Hee said that the senator who had sent the email against him -- Espero -- had passed him after the floor session Thursday and they exchanged pleasantries about the weather. Hee said the senator did not use the opportunity to criticize Hee personally for his behavior.
"Because that's the old days. You got something to say, I'm your huckleberry," Hee told his colleagues. "Because if I had something to say, you're my huckleberry."