Fans of classical Greek literature will recall those scenes from the Iliad where the tides of battle swept back and forth between Greeks and Trojans. To decide the fate of various warriors, Zeus, the god of thunder, would take out his sacred golden scales and weigh their destinies.
That's pretty much the way I hear it's going today at the legislature today. At last report, there was an effort to amend the bill to include state employees. The cynical interpretation of this is that the amendment was proposed in order to kill the bill. Reportedly, it turns out that only a handful of people (50 or so) would be affected, which is not a big deal. So it wouldn't be a deal breaker.
Short version: we're not there yet but we're not dead yet. The bill may go to second reading this evening. If you call, probably the best message to your senator is please pass HB 4023 and don't accept any amendments that would kill the bill.
The scales of Zeus will have to tilt one way or another by midnight tomorrow.
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GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: OLYMPIAN (THE MOUNTAIN AND MYTHOLOGICAL DWELLING PLACE OF THE GREEK GODS, NOT THE GAMES)