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Opponent asks: Does Frank Artiles read the bills he votes on?

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Democratic HD 118 candidate Robert Asencio sent out an email blast Wednesday calling out his former opponent, incumbent Republican Rep. Frank Artiles, for not knowing some of the finer details in elections law.

“It appears that our Republican opponent Frank Artiles does not read the bills he votes into law,” Asencio said in the email.

Asencio’s revelation that our lawmakers my not read every word of the 2,000-plus bills filed every session stems from a jab the incumbent made on a Facebook post by Asencio to solicit contributions:

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The Miami police officer is correct. Changes passed by the Legislature in 2011 exempt social media posts from the disclaimer. Artiles voted for the bill, in fact.

A misstep, sure. And a petty one at that, considering Artiles decided to quit the HD 118 race to run against Democratic Sen. Dwight Bullard in the Senate, though Asencio responded with a pledge he’ll have a hard time keeping.

“Unlike Mr. Artiles, I promise to always read the bills and know the issues I’m voting on,” he said.

If he only read the bills that made it to the House floor, including the budget, he’d have to get through more pages than a couple of “A Song of Ice and Fire” books.

What’s the law on using campaign contributions for a speed-reading course?

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