Now Legislature May Repeal ‘Year of the Bible’ Resolution? [UPDATED]

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. This morning, Rep. Mark B. Cohen of Philadelphia commented on a PhillyNow post from January 28, in which we reported that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution declaring 2012 the “Year of the Bible.”

He wrote, “The significant outcry against this nonbinding resolution has convinced Rep. Greg Vitali and myself to introduce a motion for reconsideration on February 8, 2012. The motion for reconsideration will come up for a vote sometime the week of February 13, 2012, or soon thereafter. Please contact your state representative and other state representatives and ask for support of the Cohen-Vitali motion for reconsideration.”

In addition, he went onto urge readers to sign his online petition against the resolution. (Note: PW is waiting back from Cohen’s office to confirm that comment was, indeed, him, and not an impostor. However, the language in the comment reflects that on his Facebook page, of which he is in charge.) [UPDATE: Rep. Cohen has gotten back to us and confirmed that, yes, he did write the comment.]

Problem: Cohen voted for the bill, too! But he and many legislators in Harrisburg my not have known what they were voting for. He describes the resolution on his Facebook page as “buried with a whole bunch of other resolutions at a time when legislators were focused on getting on the ballot and running for re-election. Had there been a debate there would have been some no votes, including mine. But I have no doubt whatsoever that it would have passed overwhelmingly on its own with a debate. Numerous other votes have established that each of the Republicans is highly unlikely to vote against this legislation, and the Democratic opposition to it, at best, would be about one third of the Democratic caucus.”

Later on, in that same Facebook thread, he wrote that he’d be creating a petition against this resolution. As of this morning, Cohen wrote, 10,014 Americans, “largely from PA,” have signed his petition to repeal the resolution. The repeal of the non-binding resolution could be on tap for next week. In the meantime, here’s some more of your tax money being used to not fix the economy.

Cohen tells us he will be holding a press conference on Monday at noon regarding the resolution and his effort to undo it.

2 Responses to “ Now Legislature May Repeal ‘Year of the Bible’ Resolution? [UPDATED] ”

  1. Carroll says:

    Is this supposed to give us MORE confidence in our “elected representatives”: that they routinely don’t read “a whole bunch of resolutions” and yet they vote on them, while they are distracted doing other things, like trying to get re-elected? If that’s their idea of governance, then they all need to be un-elected.

  2. Ellen says:

    I have been invited to invite my friends and neighbors to discuss *ANY* state government-related issues with the gentleman from Allegheny/Westmoreland counties who introduced this resolution (HR 535). Please come meet Mr. Rick Saccone at an evening coffee:

    When: Wednesday, Feb. 22
    Time: 6:30 PM
    Where: Union Township Municipal Building
    3904 Finleyville-Elrama Road
    Finleyville PA 15332

    Please bring a gift of one bookmark that is imprinted with either the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution or Section 3 of the Pennsylvania Constitution so Mr. Saccone has something to mark his place as he reads his Bible throughout 2012.

    Please invite your friends and neighbors!

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