A heated exchange took place between the lobbyist for Unspam and the chair of the subcommittee hearing SB 425. The conversation can be summed up by stating that the lobbyist accused the chair of being beholden to big business and the pornography industry.
The lobbyist is a member of the Christian Coalition. SB 425 is a bill being promoted in multiple states across the country. If you are against the bill, you are for pornographers. Funny thing, if you limit the bill to controlling access to pornography, which is what the subcommittee chair was attempting to do, then the supporters don't want the bill. Could it be that the business supporting SB 425 is more interested in increasing profits than protecting children? That question was precisely the charge the subcommittee chair returned to the lobbyist.
From the AJC article today on the passage of the Bible Bill (BTW — AJC should tell you the bill number so you can read it yourself… it is SB 79)
"We cannot live in fear of possible lawsuits every time we pass a piece of legislation." Senate Majority Leader Tommy Williams
That phrase has been repeated in almost word for word fashion in hearings on the Immigration bill, email filtering, regulation of Internet content, etc.
More on this later. An important essay topic here
But, if newspaper editors feel that "Tailgating" is more important than "good legislation", why bother?
Some sage words from Wlawdawsky-Berger (Always On) on why innovation is critical:
Consequently, a business or institution of any kind—whether in government, healthcare, academia or any other area of human endeavor—needs to think about innovation as a principle, a pervasive set of behaviors and skills that underlies every aspect of its operations, its strategy and its relationships. In historically dynamic times like these—the inflection points of really big shifts from one era to another—simply innovating aspects of an organization in one or two areas will not be sufficient. The winners—not just of the current competitive battles, but those who aspire to shape the future of commerce and society—need to reimagine and reinvent a lot more than products, services or even processes. They need to rethink basic business models, management systems, organizational relationships and broader policies.