Snowden Defends His Amendment

A Meridian lawmaker is at the center of a controversy over the recently killed open meetings legislation.

A bill passed the House earlier in the session, tightening those laws, and allowing fines for public officials who violated them.

State Rep. Greg Snowden added an amendment that forced those fines to be paid by the officials themselves, and not the taxpayers.

House Judiciary A Committee chairman, Rep. Ed Blackmon, held up the bill, because he said Snowden should have added the amendment while it was in committee. The bill died for lack of action Thursday.

"Apparently the real reason he let the bill die is because he didn't like someone offering an amendment on the floor," said Snowden. "And, you know, that's my job, to do those things when they are necessary. And I had the majority of the House agree with me. So I feel good about what I did, but I'm sorry the bill died."

Blackmon said asking public officials who are not well-paid in some small towns to pay a fine would put an unfair financial burden on them.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2010 at 07:14 PM
    I thought Id NEVER be on the side of a republican but doggonit'.....SNOWDEN, Im with you all the way on this one! The slapnuts who voted this down can stick the nut where the sun dont shine!
  • by Tim Location: Lauderdale County on Mar 13, 2010 at 11:42 AM
    So according to Rep. Blackmon underpaid people in small towns that pay thousands of dollars to be elected would be faced with a financial hardship if they choose to break the law. I see how the politicains in Jackson work. It is okay to break a law as long as someone else is paying the fine. Sounds like the same party that wants more entitlement programs to benefit those that don't actually pay taxes. i.e. welfare and "Earned Income Credit." This guy is an idiot and should be voted out of office by the underpaid people that he represents.
  • by Dave on Mar 13, 2010 at 08:58 AM
    Rep. Blackmon is a liberal Democrat. You can bet your life he thinks it's fine and dandy for "taxpayers" to foot the bill. That's part of the problem in Jackson and that's all of the problem in Washington. Liberal Democrats think it's great for "taxpayers" to give them all their money and let bureaucrats decide how to spend it because they know best. You don't need all of it, so they will distribute it where they think it should go, i.e. themselves, the constituents who won't work but will vote for them so they can maintain their power. They will decide the laws over you and then exempt themselves from abiding by those same laws. They proclaim "we're for the PEOPLE", but the people they mean is themselves. And their PEOPLE keep buying that garbage and voting them back in.
  • by Harold Location: Meridian on Mar 13, 2010 at 08:44 AM
    I agree with Snowden. Why on earth do WE have to pay when THEY break the rules?
  • by Bill Location: Meridian on Mar 13, 2010 at 05:56 AM
    "Blackmon said asking public officials who are not well-paid in some small towns to pay a fine would put an unfair financial burden on them" Well if they don't break the law they don't to worry about paying a fine. You just can't fix stupid
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2010 at 09:38 PM
    "Blackmon said asking public officials who are not well-paid in some small towns to pay a fine would put an unfair financial burden on them." but it's perfectly fine to put that unfair financial burden on taxpayers!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2010 at 08:45 PM
    This is just crazy
  • by Steven Location: Meridian on Mar 12, 2010 at 07:51 PM
    Blackmon's objection to Snowden's amendment is absurd. If someone violates a law the courts don't care if they make a lot of money or not. They still have to pay the fine. Lawmakers should be subject to the same rules as everyone else.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2010 at 07:30 PM
    That Jackson crowd is something else. Makes you proud of how they care for the people of Mississippi, does it not?
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