Rules change could add to late-session chaos, make more deals (or vetoes) possible

I missed it.

Mea culpa.

As we approach the halfway point of the session Thursday -- Day 60 -- a veteran legislative-watcher points out a rules change the Democratic leaders instituted that I did not know about that could alter the end-of-session dynamic. A lot.

In past sessions, legislative leaders were given the power to ignore bill deadlines and have five emergency measures they could put in at anytime. The minority bosses in each house were allowed two each.

This session is different.

Speaker Jason Frierson and Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford have doubled the number of bills they can put in at anytime from five to 10 each. Generously, they also increased the minority allotment bill. So now Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson and Assembly Minority Leader Paul Anderson have three each.

What does this portend?

"So this means we can have a few more late bills on any subject, not that that would result in any mischief," my tipster said, sardonically.

Two Republicans had this thought: "More bills to veto."

But this also gives Ford and Frierson immense power toward the end, on any number of subjects. They could, theoretically, have much more control of the agenda at the end.

By the way, all four leaders should know that just because Thursday is Day 60, the 120 days is just a maximum. They could end the session early.