Rep. Driscoll and Rep. Lewis Try to Sneak the 'Transgender Rights' Bill into the Budget

Jason Lewis

Rep. Joseph R. Driscoll of Braintree and Rep. Jason M. Lewis of Winchester have submitted an amendment to the budget to add the controversial ‘Transgender Rights‘ (H1728/S1687) Bill to the House Budget.

The amendment is written in an abbreviated form to make it less conspicuous, and the amendment proposes that the language be added as section 20, in a large budget bill, with 51 sections.

One troubling aspect is that Rep. Driscoll is on the House Ways and Means Committee and in a good position to sneak the language in, and hopefully have it not be noticed by the majority of legislators when they vote on the full budget bill.

The Transgender Rights bill would change many sections of Massachusetts law designed to protect people from sexual or racial discrimination, adding the transgendered as a protected class. Among its critics the bill is called the “Bathroom Bill” because it would allow men who self identify as women to use women’s bathrooms.

Whatever your position on the bill, this is a clear attempt to circumvent the legislative process, and to avoid public debate of a controversial issue.

7 Comments

  • April 22, 2010 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

    If they can’t get the bill passed the regular way, they try to hide it in the budget and hope nobody notices. Whats the procedure for adding a rider to the budget? Does the Ways and Means Committee simply have to approve it?

  • April 22, 2010 - 10:43 am | Permalink

    If they can’t get the bill passed the regular way, they try to hide it in the budget and hope nobody notices. Whats the procedure for adding a rider to the budget? Does the Ways and Means Committee simply have to approve it?

  • April 22, 2010 - 4:45 pm | Permalink

    It is a great example of how well taxpayer dollars are used to pay back for political support. In this day and age the public seems to be supporting a lot of earmark type of legislation, we just trust that the money is well spent. After all ‘riders’ like this sneaky piece are bill killers if they don’t get passed with the big meat. All or nothing type of political dueling within the legislature. I suggest the public just continue to watch some entertaining media revelation regarding some rock or media stars haemorrhoid problems while these shannigins are passed. Oop’s too late, it’s now law.

  • April 22, 2010 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

    It is a great example of how well taxpayer dollars are used to pay back for political support. In this day and age the public seems to be supporting a lot of earmark type of legislation, we just trust that the money is well spent. After all ‘riders’ like this sneaky piece are bill killers if they don’t get passed with the big meat. All or nothing type of political dueling within the legislature. I suggest the public just continue to watch some entertaining media revelation regarding some rock or media stars haemorrhoid problems while these shannigins are passed. Oop’s too late, it’s now law.

  • Upsetter's Revue
    April 24, 2010 - 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Please be sure to thank Richard Tisei, Charlie Bakers hand picked running mate, for co-sponsoring this garbage.

  • Upsetter's Revue
    April 24, 2010 - 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Please be sure to thank Richard Tisei, Charlie Bakers hand picked running mate, for co-sponsoring this garbage.

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