SHORTLY AFTER the passage of the school bus bill, majority leader Fred Pope stopped Mrs. Lucy Hammer outside the Speaker's office. He mentioned a pending local bill for her town and asked when she wanted it to come up for a vote. Mrs. Hammer replied that she was still interested in the bill and hoped it would pass. They agreed on a date for action.
Mrs. Hammer was pleased by this conversation. She knew that the majority leader was making it clear that there would be no reprisals by the leadership against those who had opposed the school bus bill. The issue was settled, and prior differences could be forgotten.1
Mr. Noyes, Farmington Republican, apologized to Democratic minority leader Sam Googel for raising a point of order against him in the final debate on the bill. Mr. Googel told him cordially not to worry about it. The minority leader held no resentment. He knew how easy it was to get carried away in the midst of a strenuous debate.2
Reconciliation was not difficult for the legislators. In the parliamentary course of the bill, no one had violated their sense of fair play. They had not inflicted severe wounds on one another. One observer, remarking on the restrained character of the House debate, called it "a supreme demonstration of the capacity of the democratic process to handle the most explosive of issues. One way of getting religious matters out of politics is to let them in and deal with them