At 5:14, the Iowa House gaveled in for the public hearing on the so-called "Fair Share" bill in the house chamber. What do we have in store for us? Drama? Civility? A good exchange of ideas? Perhaps, a bit of all three.
The night begins with a little joint announcement (warning?) from Altoona Democratic Rep. Geri Huser and Tama Republican Rep. Lance Horbach. They both said how they are glad to hold this hearing. They said all lawmakers in here were glad of that. Huser announced there would be no cheering, booing, hissing or outbursts of any kind. Do any of those things, she said, and your party would be removed from the chamber.
Lawmakers are going around the room right now introducing themselves one at a time to the chamber. 100 people make up the house, of course, so this will take a while.... About 11 minutes later or so, the introductions are finished. No major problems:)