I'd give short odds on the lifespan of the idea announced yesterday to pass a House rule requiring disclosure of lobbyist gifts
-- but not gifts from non-lobbyists. The Stephens Media
account notes "concerns" by House Speaker Benny Petrus
, who objects to a rule for the House but not one for the Senate. This is but one concern I heard from House members yesterday, including its toothlessness. The House will NOT expel a member for failing to report a steak dinner.That's the only possible punishment. More than one House member thinks the proposal is grandstanding by sponsors Dan Greenberg
and Steve Harrelson
. That might be unfair, given the certain grief that had to follow proposing the idea. It's hard to envision a favorable vote under the circumstances, however.