Legislature Week 3: ‘Orwell on LSD’; raises amid cuts

“This sounds like a trial lawyer’s dream. Did trial lawyers ask you for this bill? … I do some defense work, but I lean more towards plaintiffs … I don’t know whether I like your bill or not.” — Rep. Ed Blackmon, D-Canton, a lawyer, on a measure to change language in a decades-old (and ignored) law requiring motorists to slow when approaching hills, curbs and other roadway features
“I can’t remember — how much is a ‘small amount of money?’” — Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, questioning the description given about a bill up for a vote. It turned out to be $300,000.

“I’m not finished. Don’t rush. Slow your roll.” — Rep. John Hines, D-Greenville, to House Rules Chairman Jason White, during floor debate

“I’d like the House to make welcome attorney Felicia Owens. And her friend, who I don’t know.” — Rep. Willie Perkins, D-Greenwood, introducing guests

“George Orwell on LSD would question their use of the word transparency.” — Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, referring to a consultant helping lawmakers rewrite the state’s school funding formula (Editor’s note: Thinking too hard about this quote can cause a migraine).

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