“A Very Simple Bill”

Posted April 24th, 2008 by Joe Kaiser

And, if it's so simple, can you at least fix your own press releases?

Dear Rob,

Apparently, the way to get complicated, unwieldly, inartfully drafted legislation passed is to pretend it’s anything but.

Perfect example?

Your Assistant Attorney General describing HB 2791 as “a very simple bill.” It’s not, as he knows all too well.

What Pat said

Here’s Jim in action, again . . .

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So we’ve crafted, as, as, ugh, what Representative Lantz said, a very simple bill . . .— Jim Sugarman
Assistant Attorney General


It’s a convoluted mess.

And “crafted,” frankly, is hardly the word I’d use to describe the manner in which it was obviously thrown together and rushed before the legislature.


I’ve read it now at least a hundred times, certainly, I imagine, more than anyone, and with 25 years experience as a real estate investor I can’t begin to figure it out.

Frankly, I’m amazed at how disjointed and unpolished it is, thinking it could use more than a few rewrites.

Ugh, no

But simple?

Any law that strips property owners of their right to freely contract, imposes onerous and often unnecessary obligations on both the buyer and seller, and forces owners into situations that facilitate the loss of their homes to foreclosure, trust me, is anything but simple.

Diabolical would have been a better description.

Press release errors

And, if it’s so simple, can you at least fix your own press releases?

Take a look at the April 21, 2008 press release “Foreclosure rescue company must refund 200 Washington consumers,” the very last sentence . . .

It also requires that the original homeowner receive at least 82 percent of the difference between the property‚Äôs fair market value and the underlying mortgage should the home be sold to a third party. — Press Release: Foreclosure rescue
company must refund 200 customers

This “very simple” law says nothing of the sort, btw.

It’s screwed up in the March 13, 2008 press release, “2008 consumer protection and community safety priorities head to Governor,” as well.

If it’s so simple, Rob, why is it your own office can’t seem to figure it out?

In the arena,

Joe Kaiser

One Response to: ““A Very Simple Bill””

  1. Loya responds:
    Posted: April 24th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Rob, as the great Jesse Jackson once said,”You can do betta!”

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