Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Assembly Work Rules Became Concern in 2000

Jensen said he became concerned with the Assembly's comp time policy during the 2000 election, but the court cut him off when he tried to discuss actions by Democratic staffers.

"My staff was getting more and more angry because they would hear reports from the field that Democrats were --," Jensen said before the prosecution objected, and Ebert sustained the objection.

Jensen said he also had concerns about the top-to-bottom operation of the Assembly, which he called "sloppy."

"It was not a professionally run organization," he said.

Jensen said he approached Dem leader Rep. Shirley Krug about the situation, and said he left "frustrated." He then asked Scocos to draw up a clear policy on comp and leave time and campaign work.

Asked if media reports helped to expedite the process, Jensen said, "They sure made it easier to sell."

Jensen said he pushed for the dismantling of the caucuses after evaluating the system and judging it beyond repair. He said he met with other caucus leaders but they didn't move fast enough for his liking.

Jensen said he met with Ethics Board director Jim Morgan and told him, "I can't wait any longer for the rest of these people. I want to end this thing." Morgan advised the houses should move together to abolish the caucuses, Jensen said.

When the vote came to disintegrate the caucuses, Jensen said, "The roll call will show there were votes against it by the other side." The prosecution objected, and Ebert had that remark stricken from the record.

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