Blog: An insight into radiator-capping, courtesy of Facebook

2013-03-27T10:15:00Z Blog: An insight into radiator-capping, courtesy of FacebookBy Melissa Davlin Twin Falls Times-News
March 27, 2013 10:15 am  • 

So what was the House thinking when it hijacked Sen. Marv Hagedorn's school safety bill yesterday and replaced it with two gun bills from the House that the Senate has declined to hear?

After Hagedorn posted his response on Facebook and Twitter, a couple of House members -- including House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star -- responded to defend the move (called radiator-capping in legislative lingo) on Hagedorn's Facebook profile. Moyle told Hagedorn the original school safety legislation had no chance of passing the House. 

"Marv the bill was not coming off general orders and was dead as there was too much opposition. No one wanted to tell you that and hurt your feelings," wrote Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale. Boyle also told Hagedorn he should be proud to carry the two House gun bills in the Senate.

Moyle agreed.

"Marv your bill was dead in committee and to have a chance to save it you agreed to sent(sic) it to the amending order. It was a poorly written bill with little support. We replaced with two very good bills that the senate refuses to hear. They received national attention from those whose who value our second amendment rights. We did you a favor," he wrote.

Hagedorn defended the bill.

"You are wrong Rep. Moyle and you know better. We had broad support and the amendments that Rep Horman and others worked on and sent to you never made it to the Chief Clerk to even be considered. It disappoints me that you never took the time talk to me on your intent... We had amendments worked out that satisfied everyone from the ACLU to the Freedom Foundation, the Chiefs, School Boards and Law enforcement... The objective should have been to make a good bill better and not assume you knew how everyone would have voted on it and allowed the process to work. If you wanted to "cap" a bill, why select such an important bill to our kids, parents and those, like your wife, who work within those buildings? We need to talk more off-line..." Hagedorn wrote.

The lawmakers went back and forth, with constituents weighing in. But at least one commenter praised the lawmakers for working out their differences online.

"How awesome it is that several legislators are hashing it out ON FACEBOOK! What a supreme example of transparency!," wrote Ty Palmer, Rep. Joe Palmer's son. "I applaud you all!"

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Melissa Davlin

Melissa Davlin grew up in Meridian, Idaho and studied English with an emphasis in professional writing at University of Idaho. She has worked at the Times-News since 2007, and currently lives in Twin Falls with her husband and many pets.

Davlin has received more than a dozen journalism awards, including first place for Social Issues in the Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition for her 2008 coverage on a recovering meth addict and a Daughters of the American Revolution Media Award for her coverage on the Idaho National Guard's preparations for their 2010 deployment to Iraq.

She can be reached at mdavlin@magicvalley.com and you can follow her on Twitter @tndavlin