by Max Brantley
John Williams updates on today's action at the Capitol:
Besides the ethics bills, Senate State Agencies spent most of its time on a mind-numbing debate about beer manufacturer pricing. But they also did a couple of other things:
-Passed Hank Wilkins' racial profiling task force bill. (SB299).
-Passed Steve Faris' bill to move primaries from May to the first Tuesday in June and runoffs three weeks thereafter (SB253).
-Failed Bill Pritchard's proposed amendment to allow legislators to serve up to 14 years in either body. (SJR4).
Also, the House voted down that mayors' local-control pension bill I wrote about yesterday. 33-45.
More detail on my blog about the ethics bill you mentioned earlier. Bill Pritchard complained that a legislator would have to wait a long time to be a lobbyist if he quit the legislature due to financial hardship. Call it the Trent Lott objection.