Seeking retribution for a little discomfort:
I sit on the back row of the chamber, just a few feet from the doors to the lobby. On May 6 and May 13, chanting and singing in the lobby made it very difficult to hear the proceedings for the first 20 (May 6) and 30 minutes (May 13) until protesters were gradually removed. If I had needed to participate in the debate or even hear it, I would have had to leave my assigned position.
Protesters claim their legislators are not listening to them. My experience is that of most members: Not one person identified as a protester contacted my office to discuss any issue at all before going to the lobby to sing and chant and disrupt the proceedings of the House.
Once again, Stam proves he can mislead with the best of them. By adding that "identified as a protestor" qualification, he can make the claim nobody contacted his office prior to the protest, when we all know that's a damn lie.