I never thought of the ever-amiable Rep. Larry Liston as a particular friend of the lobbyists who helpfully swarm the state Capitol when the legislature is in session, but he’s asking his colleagues to extend them a hand.
He’s introduced a bill (HB 1092), which, according to a summary posted on the legislature’s website “authorizes security personnel at the state capitol building, including the Colorado state patrol, to allow a lobbyist with a lobbyist identification card to enter the capitol building without submitting to a search of his or her person or property by security personnel, electronic weapons screening devices, or other means.”
Larry, you’re a nice guy, and most of the lobbyists I know are fine folks – but have you thought this over?
Suppose you get a text message from a lobbyist as a bill approaches passage, reminding you that he/she is watching, armed and ready to take immediate action unless you change your vote right now! Maybe she’s joking – but on the other hand, unsearched, possibly armed lobbyists might enliven the dull days ahead at the Capitol.
No more boring debates – just shoot-outs between AARP gunsels and their counterparts in the insurance industry. Now I understand – you’re just trying to bring back Colorado’s colorful history!
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