One of the most important functions of state government is passing and enforcing the laws that keep us all safe. Crafting laws against criminal activity is the job of the Legislature. When that is complete, enforcing them becomes the job of law enforcement officials, while prosecuting them and determining guilt occurs in the judicial branch of government. These laws stem from bills introduced, often amended and passed in the Legislature. The Judiciary Committee, which I chair, is the setting where much of this work takes shape.
There is an old saying that "those who like laws and sausage shouldn't watch either being made." These words never ring more true than in the closing days of a Legislative session. Each session's final weeks are marked by final work and rapid changes in various pieces of legislation. If one only watches a midstream development, here or there, misunderstandings can often result. Two excellent examples of this were recently apparent.