October 29, 2009

Update: Permanent Contracts Sent Back To Committee

Carroll Andrew Morse

Here is the status report on the permanent contracts bill, from the state legislature's website...

Senate Bill No.713
BY Perry, Levesque C, McCaffrey, Miller, Sosnowski
(would amend section 28-9.3-9 to provide that if a successor collective bargaining agreement has not been agreed to by the parties)

02/26/2009 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
04/01/2009 Scheduled for hearing
04/01/2009 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/03/2009 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
06/03/2009 Committee recommends passage
06/04/2009 Placed on Senate Calendar
06/11/2009 Senate read and passed
06/16/2009 Referred to House Labor
06/25/2009 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
06/25/2009 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
06/25/2009 Placed on House Calendar
10/29/2009 Placed on House Calendar
10/29/2009 House voted to recommit to House Labor

Total Bills:1

Legislative Data System Room 1 10/29/2009
State House, Providence, Rhode Island 05:41 PM

This should finish the issue for this session, barring a literal back hallway meeting of the Labor Committee, which is still procedurally feasible -- but no longer politically feasible.

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"10/29/2009 House voted to recommit to House Labor"

"This should finish the issue for this session"

But not finish it permanently. Rather than vote to recommit (and in honor of the season), they needed to vote to drive a stake into its legislative heart.

Posted by: Monique at October 29, 2009 8:19 PM

I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking immediately of the waived rules, during this session. I'll believe this and binding arbitration are out of the picture when, and only when, the General Assembly adjourns.

The House is taking a sandwich break, right now, and the finance committee is meeting off camera. Nothing's to stop House Labor from voting to send this measure back to the floor between bites of taxpayer funded deli meat.

Posted by: Justin Katz at October 29, 2009 8:22 PM

Why do these people:

a) need to take an official break, and
b) why do we have to pay for it?

For a, we see them all wandering around with their little side conversations. They can't break open a sandwich right there at their desk?

As for b, they can't brown bag their meal? I do it every day at my job, what's so hard about it for them?

Posted by: Patrick at October 29, 2009 9:33 PM
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