Occupy-prompted emergency rule bill sails through Idaho House, aimed at stemming 'law of the jungle'

After a debate that lasted less than 10 minutes, the House voted Tuesday to order Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna to write rules within 30 days to govern conduct on the Capitol Mall.

House Bill 693 passed 55-14, with the 13 House Democrats and GOP Rep. Tom Trail of Moscow in the minority.

Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke said the measure doesn’t conflict with U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill’s temporary stay of a bill that aimed to evict the Occupy Boise encampment. Oral arguments in the lawsuit brought by the protest group will be heard June 7.

Rules are already in place for the Capitol and its immediate grounds, but do not apply to the rest of the Capitol Mall, as Bedke’s bill does. “Nobody has a problem with the rules governing the use of the Capitol steps,” said Bedke, R-Oakley. “All are served by the orderly way that those rules are followed….These rules would apply to all and they would apply evenly.”

Bedke did note that Winmill’s temporary order said the Occupy tents are an expression of free speech and that the state has an interest in regulating the 1st Amendment rights to free speech and assembly.

“The problem is that tents equal monuments equal symbolic speech,” Bedke said. “It opens the door to creative monument erection, if you will.”

For example, Bedke said, citizens wishing to express their views on a bill banning texting while driving “could bring wrecked cars and put them on the Capitol Mall as a monument to their speech.”

Finally, Bedke argued that future protests need regulation. “When the next group comes, is it first-come first-served? Is it who has the most people? We don’t want to revert to the law of the jungle.”

Just one opponent, Rep. Phylis King, D-Boise, debated against the bill. King noted that the current law requires the Department of Administration director to consult with the governor and Legislature in making rules governing the Capitol building and grounds.

“It should not be settled by just one person,” King said. “This bill needs to have some sideboards on it.”

The measure now heads to the Senate.

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Nice Bill Comrades

I want to be an elected member of the Idaho Legislature so I can create laws that shut people up so I can pay more attention to counting my PAC money!

But that's just MY opinion, I could be wrong.

Then become a lawyer. They

Then become a lawyer. They make all the laws and write all the regulations that effect all the rest of us that may or may not apply to them. What percentage of politicians across the country do you think are NOT lawyers? Most are not even business people but make laws that effect business people You know the ones that most in the private sector work for? The private sector produces goods and services while the public sector produces tons and tons of laws and regulations.

:)

Can't have protests interfere with our scams

Bedke is right. They can't have unregulated free speech interfere with their self-serving backroom dealing. What would be next? Pornographic demonstrations of wands and things put up a woman's private spaces?

Oh, right......

Free Speech?

This in no way inhibits the Occupy idiots from practicing free speech. They, like anyone else, can stand on the streets or the capitol steps and exercise free speech all day long. They should not have the right to turn the city into something resembling a garbage dump that is an embarassment to everyone except the twenty or so unemployed idiots who are basking in the liberal media's ongoing glorification of them. If they represent the 99%, why are there only twenty of them? They sure as heck don't represent me and I wish they'd disappear immediately.

really?

bow down to your corporate and billionaire masters

Shut up until the electrodes are removed.

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"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

1%

Oh so your a member of the 1%. I get it, you don't have to listen to the Idaho Supreme Court ruling that says their "garbage dump" represents free speach. Not a problem, most of the 1% don't need to follow laws anyway. Please be patient with the rest of us, we'll learn much more after June 7. Peace

Future protests need regulation?

Shall we kiss his ring before or after we protest?

Are we back to Add The Words?

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"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

D.A.R.E. me...

"For example, Bedke said, citizens wishing to express their views on a bill banning texting while driving 'could bring wrecked cars and put them on the Capitol Mall as a monument to their speech.'”

You mean like the one D.A.R.E. drags around, Bedke, to promote their (also very profitable) drug war?

Time to stem

the lawmakers lost in the jungle.

Just turn the sprinklers on......

As a taxpayer, I am in agreement that there needs to be some common sense regulations on what the so-called free speach "Occupy Boise" freeloaders (or anyone else for that matter) are allowed to do on public porperty. As a taxpayer, it's criminal that they are allowed to ruin lawns because some bleeding heart liberal judge won't use some common sense.

Just turn on the sprinklers & flood them out. While you're at it, cut off their free government paychecks (welfare, food stamps, WIC, health care, etc.) and maybe, just maybe, they will get hungary enough to get a job & pay some taxes like the rest of us.

Freeloaders

You might want to start then with Scott Bedke who since 1995 has received over $84,000 in Federal handouts (ag subsidies).

I suspect

farmerjohn is all for that type of welfare.

really?

Look into things before you make stupid statements. A vast majority( I would say 99%) of the protestors work full time jobs and are productive members of society.

That doesn't say much about society.

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"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

The gig is up...the Occupy Boise people were smart

enough to find a piece of state land with a loophole that allowed them to use it legally for their protest. Argueably, they were successful in bringing awareness to their cause. Good for them.

At the same it, I believe it is time to put some restrictions on that land and make it like other parts of the Statehouse area. My position has nothing to do with their issue in particular. I do have concerns about the next groups and what they may be advocating.

You were very creative in your protest but the time has come to turn the land back over for its intended use.

the constitution?

It amazes me how these r's only care about the constition when it comes to their causes.

No jungle,

but the inside of the statehouse is a zoo.

I don't want my rights taken away...

but it is alright to take THOSE people rights away. State rep's, time to go home since you can't do the peoples work anymore.

All there?

Normal people would not do what the occupiers are doing. Some kind of psychological deficiency prompting them to seek attention. Empty tents, empty heads.

But I thought

that the House and the Senate were the "law of the jungle".