For a brief moment, the House Republican caucus turned into Beavis and Butthead

The House Republican caucus met Tuesday at noon, to be briefed on two bills — S.73, the so-called Rent-to-Own bill, and an economic development package that — huzzah! — actually had some Republican input.

S.73 has morphed into a multipurpose consumer protection bill. It would impose new regulations on rent-to-pwm stores, but it would also address some other holes in current law. One of its provisions is about Internet dating.

And here’s where the House Republicans (most of them, at least) turned into 13-year-old boys. There was snickering, singling, tittering, guffawing; all sorts of vaguely uncomfortable laughter. Nudge-nudge, wink-wink, nod’s as good as a wink to a blind bat, eh?

It didn’t begin to dissipate until Rep. Heidi Scheuermann pointed out that this was a serious issue — that many people are taken to the cleaners by fraudsters posing as potential mates.

The bill, as it happens, would help protect against this kind of fraud. But the men of the GOP Caucus, well, they just couldn’t keep a straight face.

4 thoughts on “For a brief moment, the House Republican caucus turned into Beavis and Butthead

  1. R Roper

    The “chuckling” was over a joke/comment (joke is too strong a word) made at the beginning of the briefing asking what does internet dating have to do with legislation regulating the rent to own industry, along the lines of “Why is this in here? and legislative over-reach.” It lasted all of 30 seconds, if that. No discomfort. No winking and nudging. Scheuermann agreed that it did in fact seem absurd at first glance, but explained why the legislation was both relevant and important, recounting some powerful and tragic testimony of women who had been defrauded. What a weird and misguided little post….

    1. John S. Walters Post author

      Po-tay-to, po-tah-to. I’ve sometimes found your writings to be a bit weird and misguided, but I do appreciate you taking the time to comment. Really, I mean it. Thank you.


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