Miss. Democrats accuse GOP leadership of bullying

Several Democratic House members, angry after the Republican speaker pro tem told a legislator to sit down, conducted an unofficial slowdown of the legislative process Tuesday by requiring subsequent bills — some more than 20 pages long — to be read aloud before being considered for a vote.

The slowdown resulted in House members considering only a handful of the 170 bills on their 10-page calendar.

One item that was considered was a measure requiring doctors at Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic to be certified in obstetrics and gynecology and have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals. The bill passed on a 80-37 vote and goes to the Republican-dominated Senate, where its chances of passing are good.

Commercial Appeal
3/14/12