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Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Second Coming of Hedley Lamarr . . .

.  .  .  reincarnated as Governor Wanker.

Here, he sends a posse out to round up the Democratic State Senators.

Resolved, That if any of the named senators fails to appear in the senate chambers on or before the prescribed time, then that member shall be held guilty of contempt and disorderly behavior by the senate, and the majority leader shall immediately issue an order to the sergeant at arms that he take any and all necessary steps, with or without force, and with or without the assistance of law enforcement officers, by warrant or other legal process, as he may deem necessary in order to bring that senator to the senate chambers so that the senate may convene with a quorum of no less than 20 senators; . . . .

 Notwithstanding this:

Historically, constitutional guarantees against the arrest of members of legislative bodies developed as protections against judicial or executive arrests, not against the power of a house of a legislature to seize and discipline its members. Indeed, this was considered a matter of legislative privilege, and when a house of a legislature remained within its privilege, its disciplinary decisions were considered beyond the review of the courts. The Wisconsin constitutional provision on the arrest of members (Art. IV, s. 15) follows this tradition, as suggested by its wording, which is that:
houses shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest; nor shall they be subject to any civil process, during the session of the legislature, nor for fifteen days next before the commencement and after the termination of each session.

The EVIL for which he stands:  Hmmmm . . .

Update (and another H/T to the LW): Wisconsin (Bill-O) Palm Trees!
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2 comments:

Octopus said...

Resolved, whereas ... whereas ... (where was I) ... Oh, yes, whereas all cephalopods are well armed, maybe I should run for public office and dare the suckers to arrest me.

Jazzbumpa said...

Octo -

Yes -- Nautical, but nice.

Cheers!
JzB the squid-hugging trombonist