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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Iowa Republican: Troopers ordered to remove 300-400 citizens from public hearing on federal deductibility

Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican

Just an hour into the public hearing on House File 807, Speaker of the
House Pat Murphy ordered State Troopers to remove all citizens who
were not scheduled to speak from the House chamber. Murphy's decision
came after Rep. Paul Shomshor warned the people who gathered that if
they continued their outbursts, the galleries would be cleared.
Speaker Murphy's decision to remove the people who had taken the time
to speak out or listen to this debate was shocking and something never
seen before. While the crowd at times was rambunctious, it also
quieted down quickly for the next speaker. Instead of evicting
hundreds of concerned taxpayers from the State Capitol, Murphy and
Shomshor should have simply kept warning the audience about their
behavior and continued with the forum.

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