Thursday, January 10, 2008
Jim Kyle, you da man!
The Democratic leader of the Senate has come up with a bill that would enable Senator Ophelia Ford to temporarily step aside from her seat due to health reasons, and appoint a temporary successor. It would also enable the Governor and/or the General Assembly to do the same if she refused to do so. Click the link for the CA story and the bill itself.
Look, something has to be done here; as I have noted previously, the citizens of District 29 have no representation, and the Senate, even though tied at 16-16-1, could be run roughshod by the Republicans, and that is NEVER a good thing. If Senator Ford were to give us more information and her doctors could provide a prognosis, this might not be necessary. This simply CANNOT continue as it has, and I fully support Senator Kyle's actions.
This, essentially, is the concept of administrative leave, whereby a person can step aside from their duties until such time as their health improves or their legal situation is resolved. It works in other parts of the country, why not here?
All in all, thumbs up to Senator Kyle for this solution to a sad and potentially tragic situation.