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March 18, 2013

State legislators take look at decorum problems



“A couple of blows, but that’s all,” Glover recalled. “I stepped out of the chair and broke it up, a couple of us did.”

Glover said a key difference between the Legislature then and now is that term limits have resulted in dozens of new members after each election cycle, many of whom have no idea about all the rules of decorum.

“I never really served when you had turnover the way it is now,” Glover said. “Freshman usually just listened and tried to learn.”

Armes, who is in his sixth and final term in the Legislature, agreed term limits are partly to blame for new members not getting up to speed on rules regarding decorum.

“We’ve got a huge etiquette problem, and a lot of that is just new members,” Armes said. “With term limits now, it seems like it’s accelerated. It’s almost like you’ve got the kids teaching the kids in some respects now.

“You’ve got a shorter period of time to get them caught up ... to learn that decorum.”

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