According to James Crawford, Jr. (D-Granville), North Carolina has a proud tradition of manufacturing hot sauce; so proud, that he saw it fit to introduce HB 683, which amended the General Statutes to designate the second Saturday of September of every year as North Carolina Hot Sauce Day. For a host of reasons, including the state’s 10.8% unemployment rate, perhaps the General Assembly should have more pressing matters to deal with than hot sauce.
But don’t worry. The state will not be creating a state recognized Hot Sauce Day, or at least any time soon. Yesterday in the Senate Rules Committee, the text of the HB 683 was completely scrapped and replaced with language that extends the sunset on the collection of 911 service charges for prepaid wireless phones. Such a maneuver was an obvious attempt to skirt the rules and push through legislation that did not meet the crossover deadline, which was May 14, 2009.
Indeed, this procedure is legal, but is it really the best example of transparent and honest government? Probably not.