As I sat there and observed the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on SB133, I was amazed at the lack of decorum exhibited by the opponents to the bill.
Rick Johnson, was the worst, with his combative and disrespectful rants aimed at the senators on the committee, referring to them as “you people”. One moment he was making flippant remarks that were (I suppose) meant to endear him to the lawmakers, and then he would suddenly lash out in anger at them. He made loud comments from the gallery, completely out of order, and was simply embarrassing. He is the undisputed leader of the opposition, and he showed little or no class in the way he represented himself or his constituents. The madder and more indignant he got, the higher his voice got. I thought at one time I could actually see the veins in his big neck. And when Senator Johnston started questioning him, I couldn’t believe how poorly he defended his opposition to the bill.
I had to choke down my laughter over Bob O’Block’s contention that a license would “put a guy out of business” that makes $5,000 a year part time. I’m going to tell you that if you told me I had to pay $500 but could make $5,000 part time, I’d be all in. You know, I’ve done about as much research as I can, and don’t see where O’Block’s “group” exists anywhere but in his own mind. He says he represents about 45 former law enforcement professionals. After looking at the way he conducts himself, the way he dresses, the way he presents to a panel…I’m just trying to imagine the group of rag-tag private investigators that would call him their “leader”. His response to the senator’s questions were confusing and made no sense.
The guy that had to leave the hearing to attend his grand-daughter’s birthday party was also embarrassing. Does he not see that every person on that panel saw through his “aw shucks” demeanor? Does he really expect us to believe that every single person in his association has hung a shingle as a private investigator? He represents (probably) about a dozen former federal agents that are enjoying life with a pension after having devoted a career to protecting and serving (for which I will say I’m grateful). But to say you can’t afford a few hundred bucks for a license?
The guy that got up there and said he charged three time what everybody else does, yet can’t afford to show up in proper attire, was humorous. I’m sure he knew this hearing was scheduled and if he was intent on making an impression as a guy that charges $200+ an hour, he sure didn’t make that with me.
Here’s what made me the maddest. The total lack of understanding by the opponents about the issue of cost. Opponent after opponent lined up and bitched about the $1,000 license fee. This fee structure is based upon the last bill, which is going away (regardless of the outcome of SB133). So to talk about it is absolutely worthless.
You know, this bill has some issues. But the opponents did absolutely noting to explain to me why we shouldn’t regulate private investigators.
So to the opponents, this is my question:
Why SHOULDN’T we regulate? You’ve given me nothing to agree with you on. Don’t talk to me about how it will put you out of business. Its hogwash and you know it. Don’t tell me there’s no demonstrable harm, because its been demonstrated. Give me a real reason NOT to regulate.