Maahs is now an advocate for a bill that would change that, and once again, she has been met with disappointment. In a late night House discussion following a heated debate, lawmakers took a frequently jolly tone over a serious concern with the bill that would determine whether contact with saliva would count as sexual contact.
Representative Ron Erhardt (DFL-Edina) used an episode from "Friends" to make his point that saliva should be removed from the bill and said lawmakers did not know Maahs was watching from the gallery.
"In her particular instance, I can understand that. But we were casting a larger net wider than her situation, and the one item of the bodily fluids that I objected to, and others, was saliva," he said.
Bill author Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center) agreed to consider taking saliva out of the bill. Maahs said her biggest concern now is getting the bill passed.
"I was disappointed at the lack of professionalism. I didn't believe that was what normally would happen. I gave the representatives that were there the benefit of the doubt because I realize it was a late session," Maahs said.