Moment Of The DayJan 24, 2011
We've had Quotes of the Day. We've had Bills of the Day. Now, for the first time ever, we have a Moment of the Day! Here's what happened:
In the House Courts of Justice Civil Sub-Committee a couple hours ago Delegates David Toscano (D-57, Charlottesville) and Rob Bell (R-58, Charlottesville) each had a bill dealing with mortgage re-financing, HB 1682 and HB 2061, respectively, each in the exact same language. Delegate Bell was not in the room to present his bill, but Delegate Toscano, a sub-committee member, was. So he introduced his bill and had witnesses as well. Delegate Bell then arrived and pitched in the conversation as well. When the sub-committee seemed inclined to report the bill, the question remained — whose version would get "rolled" into whose version?
Pride of authorship was at stake. Sometimes the more senior member gets the honor, or the lawmaker who filed the bill first. If a committee chair is involved, he or she is given deference. Many times, it is a matter of partisanship: the member of the majority is going to get the credit. That simple. But in a rare General Assembly moment, when humility reigned supreme . . .
They decision was decided by a . . . coin flip! Delegate Toscano called heads and won. A great moment for our very first Moment of the Day!