“Upon what basis does the chair rule the motion to add the bill to the agenda out of order?” Senator Mark Obenshain asked Howell not long before the committee’s vote.“I believe it’s out of order,” Howell responded after a pause.
“I don’t know what the problem is in voting on a simple motion to add a bill to an agenda,” said Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg. “The majority were unable to articulate any basis whatsoever for ruling that motion out of order. The chair, with great respect and deference, has abandoned the the traditions and the rules of this body.”
“Senators will be counted on votes,” added Sen. Ryan McDougle, R-Mechanicsville, speaking at an impromptu press conference after the votes. “That’s what the people sent them here to do. Whether they agree with the issue or not, we have legitimate debate. Senators should vote on bills.”
This is what is at stake this November. Will we re-elect a Democratic majority to the State Senate that will do whatever it takes, regardless of the rules, to prevent the will of the people from being voted upon, or will we gain a Republican majority by electing at least three new members who will work to solve the problems we face?