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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Weed Jokes Abound

The House passed a weed abatement bill for Montgomery County Wednesday, but much of the short discussion of the bill had an underlying hint of a few other things.

Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton, D-Birmingham, took the time to do a short commercial on constitutional reform. Newton has been an avid sponsor of bills and resolutions that would allow the state's residents a chance to vote on whether they would like to call a constitutional convention.

"You know if we had constitutional reform you wouldn't need to tie up this extraordinary session of the legislature to deal with weeds," Newton said to state Rep. Greg Wren, R-Montgomery, and sponsor of the legislation.

"Mr. Speaker that's why I'm very much in support of an article-by-article revision of the constitution," Wren said.

To which Newton replied, "It will take us a long time to get to weeds in a constitutional revision because I would insist that we remove the racist language."

Wren took to the time to point out that the bill not only deals with weed, but grass too. Newton said he had a lot of mushrooms in his yard, and asked whether the bill would do anything about that.

Talk of a different kind of weed has kept the state Legislature abuzz for weeks, after the Montgomery Advertiser broke a story about how two pounds of marijuana was found in the State House three years ago.

The House Legislative Council will meet today to review how the case of the mystery marijuana was handled. The meeting was expected to be held on Thursday, but was moved up.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks


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