Maybe you missed it — maybe, like me, you were stuck at the Capitol at 11:30 Saturday night — but Saturday Night Live dedicated last week’s opening skit to Sen. Joe Manchin‘s gun control bill. Click here to watch.
Manchin’s bill, which he drafted with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., would close loopholes in the nation’s background check system. Many have criticized the legislation, saying it doesn’t go far enough to protect citizens, and that’s the joke SNL went for. In the skit, “Toomey” (played by comedian Bill Hader) explains the background check process by asking if the gun buyer is “a good person.” The next and final question? “Seriously, are you?
Daily Mail reporter Ashley Craig spoke with Manchin on Sunday about the SNL skit. Click here to read all about it.
In other news:
- Charleston City Council President Tom Lane said the city might challenge the newly-passed home rule bill in court. Lane is upset the legislation, as it passed the House and Senate on Saturday night, would require Charleston to choose between its 20-year-old gun purchasing ordinance and continuing in the home rule pilot program.
- Lawmakers want Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to call a special session and address the TIF bill that failed in the final hours of the regular legislative session. The bill would create a special tax district in Morgantown, and would help West Virginia University build a multi-million dollar baseball park.
- The Legislature passed seven of the 37 gun bills introduced during its first regular session. That’s more successful gun bills than in the previous four sessions combined. Click here to read Dave’s story.
- Finally, some news breaking this morning about WVU’s media rights contract. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey released the findings of his office’s study on the issue Monday morning, and declared WVU should start the bid process over. Business editor Jared Hunt has the story.