State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
State Senate Democrats voted unanimously today to block the state Senate from bringing up the coercive abortion bill that I co-authored for an immediate vote.
Assembly Bill 427 (AB 427) is a prevention bill. The goal of this legislation is to prevent women from suffering post-abortion trauma.
There has been a public hearing on the bill. I testified at the hearing. AB 427 passed the state Assembly on October 30, 2007, 65-32.
I made a motion on the floor of the state Senate today to bring AB 427 to the floor for a vote. Senate Democrats asked that the Senate stand informal for two minutes. Senate Democrats then went into a closed door caucus for about 15 minutes to discuss my motion.
When the Senate Democrats came out of their caucus, the Senate voted 18-15 against bringing AB 427 up for a Senate vote, even though one Senate Democrat is the Senate author of the bill and another Senate Democrat is a co-sponsor.
I submit the following question: If you authored or co-sponsored a bill, why would you, in the last few days of the legislative session, oppose an opportunity to have a vote on your very own bill?