House still has time for bipartisan fun
By all accounts, SB 43A is a rather dull bill that establishes continuing education requirements for registered geologists in Oregon.
But it turned into a pun fest Thursday when the House of Representatives took it up for a vote.
Rep. Julie Fahey, D-Eugene, carried the bill.
"I can assure you colleagues, this is a rock-solid bill," Fahey said.
The chamber groaned.
The bill would take the state's standards for geologists "out of the stone age," Fahey said.
The bill also takes a "boulder" view, Fahey said — who then had to pause to giggle — and then asked that her colleagues not take the outcome of the vote for "granite."
"Representative, that was rocky," said Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland.
Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, stood up to say her part, saying the bill "rocks."
The bill passed with 58 votes in favor.