WE’RE MAKING SAUSAGE

Paul Fogleman,

This week a Republican legislator was overhead telling a constituent on his mobile phone “We’re making sausage.” That has been an often-quoted description of the law-making process in the halls of government. The end product may be acceptable but the process i messy and sometimes ugly. Debates in the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday had moments of making legislative sausage during a hearing for the “Citizens Protection Act of 2017.”

As the bill title suggests, provisions deal with immigration. Penalties for producing fake documents required by non-citizen immigrants would be raised to felonies. These could include counterfeit drivers licenses, identification papers, and reference documents. The law would impose penalties for people who transport undocumented immigrants. Rep. Harry Warren of Rowan County is the chief sponsor.

MAKE ROOM RESERVATIONS NOW

The Holiday Inn in Raleigh is holding the bloc of rooms for our Legislative Day event until Friday, March 3. To get the group rate of $104 for the night of March 14 you should call before then. You can cancel up until March 13. If you need more information, call Paul Fogleman at 828-322-7766 or email pfogleman@informinc.net.

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