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Rep. Stacey Campfield, who has never passed a bill in his entire four years in the state House, is on a roll in the new Republican legislature. Another piece of the mighty Campfield's legislative agenda went flying out of a subcommittee this morning. It was his second success this week
. Today's bill would bar legislators from taking taxpayer reimbursement for more than one out-of-state trip a year.
On another bill, Campfield did a little fast talking to avoid his first defeat of the session. That one would force janitors to turn down the heat in the legislature's underground parking garage. Campfield thinks it's too hot down there. But Rep. Mary Pruitt worried that old decrepit lawmakers might fall ill in the cold. "We wouldn't want anyone to get pneumonia," she told Campfield. And Rep. John Litz complained that a law is unnecessary. Why doesn't Campfield ask the House and Senate speakers to turn down the thermostat? Litz asked.
"I've tried that for three years," Campfield whined to Litz. "I tell you what. I'll send notice to both of them, and if it doesn't go down in two weeks, will you support my legislation?"
"Deal," Litz replied.