Speak Out: False information bill

Legislation that would make it a crime to deliberately present false information when testifying in a legislative committee was debated last week, although it did not get out of the committee where it was being heard.

Sen. Bryant Richardson’s bill would expand the law to cover committee hearings. The Seaford Republican said he was motivated after pro-choice advocates shared what he described as out-of-date and biased information at a March hearing for a bill to limit abortion.

• Does this apply to legislators as well? — George Roof

• That was my exact question! And can we hold them accountable for acting on bogus info. — Sharon Nagyiski Purcell-Ponsell

• First of all, most people testifying before a committee have an agenda. Much, if not most, of that testimony is based on personal belief and not accurate and incontrovertible statistics. Emotion plays far too great a role in the legislative process. Much of the legislation introduced is there at the behest of special interests — on one side or another.

Lastly, a legislative committee is not a court of law and persons testifying are not, as a matter of course, sworn or affirmed nor should they be.

Legislators have a tough job. They’re often ridiculed for their position or vote. I know many lawmakers with whom I’ve disagreed, but that does not mean I don’t like them. Some, do get bamboozled, some do place too much credence on noise or emotion but that doesn’t mean they’re bad folks.

Bottom line, leave the legislative process alone and if a lawmaker isn’t representing their constituents vote them out — and if you don’t or didn’t vote, quit your (complaining). — Dave Bonar

• Didn’t get out of committee because the lawmakers are going to jail under their own law. — Earl Lofland

• They’ll approve that just as soon as they deal with term limits. — Charlie Lee

• You mean like the so-called experts that testify for gun control advocates and overinflate the numbers? — David A Gibson

• I thought they wanted to reduce the prison populations. Won’t they be overcrowded with politicians and their “witnesses”? — James Feist

• Funny, and they can lie and spin every second of every day and call it good government. Most if not all politicians are lying on one side or the other every time they speak. — Timmy Harmon

• A mistake is different than blatantly lying and knowing that you’re lying. Politicians are great at covering up, stacking the deck, falsifying documentation, taking bribes, catering to special interests groups and so on. You see it in our own elected officials in Dover and across Delaware. But power and money makes dishonest men and women out of what started as honest men and women. — Willie Preacher

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