David Catanese of KY3 is keeping track of some motions and votes that the rest of the media seem to be ignoring.
In a series of blog posts Monday, Catanese explored a motion by Rep. Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, which appears designed to gut some requirements that a new law established for assisting living centers.
In the post offering Stevenson's explanation for his motion, the representative said the rules were legally flawed:
Stevenson's motion includes stripping language requiring background checks for workers in facilities, specific responsibilities for workers during an emergency, immunizations for residents and staffing provisions. When I asked Stevenson if he would introduce legislation to make these rules legally sound, he said he would not.
"I'm not going to do that. I mean, I wouldn't be opposed to it. I'd probably support legislation that did it, but it's not something I have time to file," Rep. Stevenson said.
In his first post on the Stevenson motion, Catanese bluntly states what is going on:
In essence, this is the story of how one lawmaker can try to make sweeping changes to legislation (that's already been passed) in a small committee room, mostly out of the public eye.