Del. Clay Athey may find he’ll have some trouble getting legislation drawn up for the 2008 session after this comment to the Washington Post on the topic of the much-maligned transportation abuser fees:
“I think clearly the overwhelming majority of delegates and senators never meant or expected it would apply to these lesser charges,” said Del. C.L. “Clay” Athey Jr. (R-Warren). “There was obviously a drafting error.”
Legislators don’t write their bills — they just give their idea to the good folks at the Division of Legislative Services, who turn it into a proposed change in law. Del. Athey is saying, basically, “don’t blame us, we didn’t write the law,” which is a bullshit excuse on par with “my dog ate my homework.”
It would not surprise me if he had a few snags this year — bills taking longer than usual to be written, other delegates’ competing bills being finished first, maybe a few getting lost. But, hey, he can’t complain — after all, he said himself that Legislative Services makes mistakes.