Friday, the state Senate ended debate and a filibuster on the Amazon incentive deal. The measure passed in the early morning hours with a compromise.
It’s been a session filled with filibusters and stall-tactics by the few in dissent, observed Senate veteran Wes Hayes of York:
I think we’re at a position, though this year, something I’ve never seen, people using the multiple amendment and with the rules the way they are at ten minutes for, ten minutes against, twenty minutes, and then you have roll call’s another five minutes. When you have 400 amendments up there it’s a practical matter, there’s no way to get around or determine minority to move the Senate forward.
Hayes, usually quiet, spoke up late in the debate saying he was concerned about how the few were drawing debate out for days
I’m speaking to the point of order, but really speaking more to reason in this body, that we’ve got to move forward at some point. No matter how determined we are, we’ve got to let reason, otherwise we may have to … stop multiple amendments.
Senator Larry Martin got so frustrated that he challenged the filibuster as frivolous and absurd:
In reference that the Senator from Berkley made about the numerous amendments, too numerous to count, I would suggest to the president, that he’s engaged in a dilatory act by offering that sheer, voluminous box of amendments.
There is about a week left in the session and General Assembly will have to return to deal with Redistricting and possibly some vetoes to the budget.