If you think Al Novstrup is an effective legislator, this is bad news. If you think bouncy houses are a menace to children’s safety requiring big-government regulation, this is bad news.
If you’re a rational citizen who loathes self-serving bills, this is good news.
Senate Majority Whip Al Novstrup (R-3/Aberdeen) has once again failed to wield his whip well. On Valentine’s Day, he lost Senate Bill 95, his son David’s proposal to regulate certain inflatable amusement devices that compete with their amusement park empire. After David’s pitiful and unpersuasive performance before Senate Commerce and Energy, his dad Al came back to committee with a hoghouse. Instead of making bouncy-house providers follow certain proprietary (yet already obsolete) standards not clearly enumerated or explained in statute, Senator Novstrup scratched his son’s failed proposal and replaced it with a million-dollar insurance requirement for anyone who “may inflate or provide for the inflation of the device for public use.”
That hoghouse got out of committee, but Senator Novstrup’s hoghouse went flat in the Senate, receiving only 16 of the necessary 18 votes. Strangely, a couple Democrats, Kennedy and Wismer, actually voted for Novstrup’s bill, but the Majority Whip lost 13 members of his own party on Senate Bill 95, and his effort to hyperregulate his competitors failed.
Jeepers, Al—when you can’t even win on trying to keep kids safe from killer bouncy houses, what good are you?