Senator taking bar, may miss vote on own bill

February 22, 2011
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Here’s an interesting tidbit from the Associated Press today: Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, author of the controversial immigration bill, won’t be there to vote on the bill if the Senate votes on it today or tomorrow. Why? He’ll be taking the bar exam.

Law school graduates are taking the bar exam today and Wednesday. In that group of recent grads – Delph, who is an author of an “Arizona-style” bill that looks to crack down on illegal immigration.

Delph expects one of the bill’s co-authors to call the proposal for a vote today.

The man who has proposed one of the more controversial bills this session won’t even be there to vote on it. Although unlikely, what if the bill didn’t pass by one vote – the vote Delph would have cast if he had been present? What about the other bills that may come up for vote when he’s gone? I’m not sure why a legislator would schedule to be away from session for two days, especially right around the deadline for bills to make it out of the Senate.

Here’s another interesting tidbit – there’s a chance Delph could have voted on this bill had the winter storm that hit in early February not shut down the General Assembly for two days. The original committee hearing was scheduled for Feb. 2, but it got pushed back to Feb. 9.

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