Difficulties of this legislative session was discussed at the April Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce’s legislative coffee event Saturday.
Rep. John Wheeler, R-Garden City, said the session has been particularly difficult because there has been a “we, them and they” mentality, with they being outside, special interest groups.
An example Wheeler gave is with a bill wanting to direct the State School Board to create a gun safety curriculum to be distributed to local school boards, which can then opt whether or not to have that gun safety class or not.
“The State School Board is to adopt a curriculum and then they were told the only one you can adopt is Eddie Eagle – Eddie Eagle is NRA,” he said. “I’m not opposed to NRA, I have an A-rating from the NRA, I don’t belong to the NRA, but when something is wrong I’m going to vote against it, so I voted against it.”
Wheeler said the session has been very contentious and there has been a lot of “arm-twisting” going on.
Rep. Jim Minnix,…