Legislatures at Work

Senate Votes to Limit the Filibuster

In a move that there is absolutely no chance they will ever regret making, Senate Democrats today managed to push through a rule change that now makes it impossible to filibuster cabinet and judicial nominations (except for seats on the…



North Carolina Considers Abortion/Motorcycle Safety Bill

Hey, there's been an amendment to North Carolina Senate Bill 353 on motorcycle safety. See if you can tell what's changed. Hint: the bill was originally entitled: AN ACT TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR UNSAFE MOVEMENTS BY DRIVERS THAT THREATEN THE…


D.C. City Council Takes Time Out to Honor Spiderman

This report began: "The D.C. Council has a full plate for its last legislative session before a two-month summer recess," but since this is the picture they ran with the report— —I'm not sure the plate was really all that full. The guy…


New York Considering Bowling-Shoe Warnings

You know those shoes they make you rent when you go bowling? The special shoes that are so ugly that people won’t steal them and so slippery that they won’t hamper your bowling? But are also so slippery that they…



Oregon, Hawaii May Name Official State Microbes

If House Concurrent Resolution 12 passes, Oregon could become the first state in the Union to declare an official state microbe. Specifically, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, also known as "brewer's yeast" or "baker's yeast," for reasons you can probably guess. "It is perhaps…


Ukraine’s Parliament Brawling Again

Who doesn't love a good policy fight?   This one's mostly just a big scrum with guys trying to push each other around, and so it's not nearly as entertaining as their 2010 fight that involved smoke bombs, eggs, and…


How South Korean Legislators Spend Their Time When Not Brawling

Our South Korean correspondent sent in a link to this page, which appeared on a website there earlier this year and reportedly shows members of the legislature engaging in something other than official business while in the chamber. For example: More…


“Let My People Go!”

I don't think the reference to Exodus here is really on point, but I'm willing to cut this guy a fair amount of slack. Reportedly, what he's yelling about (and he is yelling, so watch the volume if you're at work)…