From the Des Moines Register:
A snafu during a legislative debate where a microphone was turned on captured banter between two Iowa GOP leaders, who also joked about a “give-a-handgun-to-a-schizophrenic bill.”
Republicans this week revived a proposal that would allow Iowans to carry weapons in public without permission from a sheriff, without background checks and without training requirements.
The legislation, House Study bill 219, is known as “Alaska carry,” which is law in Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming. Rep. Erik Helland, R-Johnston, is listed as one of the three legislators on a subcommittee assigned the bill.
Transcript after the jump.
Rep. Dave Deyoe, R-Nevada, explains the problem.
Rep. Jeff Kaufmann, R-Wilton: I bet nobody’s told poor Jorgenson.
Rep. Steve Lukan, R-New Vienna: I told him this is all his own fault.
Kaufmann: Tell him it’s his fault and we don’t appreciate anything that he’s done up to this point.
Lukan: Damnit, Ron, we’re going to yank you off this bill.
Kaufmann: Ya, the hell with you. You haven’t been doing jack s—.
Rep. Erik Helland, R-Johnston: What?
Kaufmann: Jorgenson, we’re yanking him off the bill. The hell with him. He hasn’t been doing anything.
Lukan: He should have seen this coming.
Helland: You know what that means? It means I’m going to end up stuck with the bill?
Kaufmann: Sounds like you’re getting out of the Alaska bill.
Helland: Oh yeah, I’m getting out of it after I end up on a blog.
Lukan: The Alaska bill – what’s the Alaska bill?
Helland. I’m the dirty hatchet man for the caucus. Something nobody wants to do. Some dirty, nasty job. I’m the one who gets dropped in you know why, ’cause I’m expendable.
Kaufmann: The crazy, give-a-handgun-to-a-schizophrenic bill.
Off camera: His microphone is on.
Microphone goes dead.