Thursday, March 5, 2009

Georgia on my Mind

Or at least the General Assembly (the Ga. state legislature) is. I am bemused to discover that this morning members of the Georgia State Senate received copies of Senate Bill 7, To amend Chapter ...the Official Code of Georgia Annotated... so as to require an oath or affirmation for purposes of presenting certain evidence to a committee or subcommittee of the General Assembly.

In other words, the bill, if it becomes law, would make it illegal to lie when giving testimony to the Georgia state legislature.

In other words, right now it is legal to lie to the Georgia state legislature.

But what I love most about this bill is that even if it passes both houses of the General Assembly, it will still be legal for legislators themselves to lie. Apparently, requiring them to be honest would violate their right to "free debate."

Apparently the Georgia constitution's definition of "free debate" owes something to Fox News' definition of "fair and balanced." Or maybe the other way around.

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