The chairman of the House Budget Committee said today that the Missouri Senate would probably remove a budgetary amendment banning “political profiling.”
A national firestorm erupted earlier this month
after a report from a Missouri state agency, among other things, linked
supporters of Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr with the “modern militia
In response to the controversy, Rep. Jim Guest, R-King City, successfully placed an amendment within a budget bill stipulating that no money could be allocated within the Department of Public Safety for “political profiling.” The amendment earlier this week was adopted with a voice vote.
Guest was the only sitting Missouri state lawmaker who supported Paul’s 2008 presidential candidacy. He appeared with the Republican from Texas at numerous events in and around Missouri.
But one notable aspect about the amendment is that
there is no wording defining “political profiling” in statute. Guest’s
amendment also did not define the term.
Why is that important? Because without specific statutory language mapping out what constitutes “political profiling,” it would seem the amendment would be difficult – if not impossible – to enforce.
Asked whether it was troublesome that an indefinable term was in the budget, House Budget Chairman Allen Icet responded: “somewhat.”
Senate tends to take just about everything out that we put into House
Appropriations bills,” Icet, R-Wildwood. “It would not surprise me whatsoever
if the Senate took that out.”
But Icet said the amendment was not a publicity stunt, adding that a number of lawmakers had experienced outrage from constituents over the report.
Here's a video of Icet talking about Guest's amendment: