A debate about debates

Nothing good happens after midnight.” 

I’m sure many of us got that advice/warning/prophecy from our parents when we were teenagers.  State Representative Peter Cownie, a Republican from West Des Moines, didn’t mention that sage advice this morning, but he did lead a debate in the Iowa House about debate in the Iowa House.

Specifically, Cownie proposed a sort of forbidden zone (of time).  Cownie suggested that the House be barred from debating and voting between the hours of midnight and eight a.m. For those of us who went to work at 4:30 a.m. this morning, sorry.  This was JUST for legislators, by the way.  The rest of us who work those kind of weird hours would not be covered by Cownie’s proposal.  He failed to convince enough of his colleagues to support his idea, by the way, so the House is free to debate between midnight and 8 a.m.

I’m sure Cownie will propose this again.  If he’s successful, maybe he’ll move on to other work limits.  How about a 30-hour work week?

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.