By Derrick DePledge
State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim said Wednesday that a leadership subcommittee would look at the Senate's rules and procedures after a petition filed by good-government groups against "gut and replace" and "Frankenstein" bills.
Some political insiders have noted wryly, however, that good-government groups rarely complain about procedural maneuvers when used* to potentially advance legislation supported** by fellow progressives.
Others compare it to the old adage about The Rule of Law:
If the facts are against you, argue the law.
If the law is against you, argue the facts.
If the facts and the law are against you, yell like hell.
*The GMO labeling bill was heard after the Senate suspended its 72-hour notice requirement.
**The civil-unions bill was revived on the last day of session in 2010 after the House suspended the rule that indefinitely postponed action on the bill.