TOPEKA — A day after forcing the Senate to take up an abortion clinic bill, the House turned to the same parliamentary maneuver today to try to make the Senate crack down on sexually oriented businesses.
On an overwhelming voice vote, representatives sent House Substitute for Senate Bill 25 across the hallway to the other chamber. The bill is identical to House Bill 2107, which passed the House earlier this session and is now stalled in committee in the Senate.
Because the House replaced the language in a bill that originated in the Senate, any senator can now bring the bill to a floor vote. The House used the same tactic Wednesday to force a vote on abortion clinic restrictions that were stuck in the Senate.
Several conservative members of the House said they want to force senators to either agree to House-proposed restrictions on adult businesses, or take a politically risky vote that can be portrayed as support for pornography and strip clubs in the 2012 election.
“There’s another vote out there, OK, and that vote is coming at election time,” said Rep. Owen Donohoe, R-Shawnee. “What I want to see is every senator who will not bring this out … have to run against that when they’re up for re-election, OK.”
“We are negotiating with ourselves to say, ‘I don’t want to be too conservative because this isn’t going to get past the Senate so we won’t get something accomplished,’” Donohoe added. “I guarantee you we could get something accomplished. We can get people (senators) replaced.” Read More