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If you thought you were frustrated with lawmakers not reading the bills before voting on them, you’ll love a Republican lawmaker who went ballistic over the matter, even invoking Moses quoting God in the Old Testament.
Mike Bost, a state representative from Murphysboro, Ill., went on a tirade of righteous indignation yesterday, screaming and throwing papers, as he was frustrated over a Democrat-led plan to overhaul the state pension system.
He complained about the amount of power wielded by the House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Democrat.
“Total power in one person’s hands – not the American way!” Bost said.
He then launched several sheets of paper in the air and punched them as they landed.
“These damn bills that come out here all the damn time, come out here at the last second!” Bost said as he tossed the papers on the floor. “I’ve got to figure out how to vote for my people!”
“You should be ashamed of yourselves! I’m sick of it!” he continued. “Every year! We give power to one person! It was not made that way in the Constitution! He was around when it was written! Now we give him – we’ve passed rules that stop each one of us! Enough! I feel like somebody trying to be released from Egypt! Let my people go!”
The measure had just been just introduced to a pension committee Tuesday morning by Speaker Madigan. It passed on a 6-3 vote, and moved to the House floor within a couple of hours.
The bill is hundreds of pages long, and Bost says lawmakers should not be voting on anything without first reading it.