BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The language was controversial, but not noticed, slipped into a bill amid the chaotic final minutes of the

Louisiana House's workday and then easily approved.

When it was discovered, the language - which would override Gov.

Bobby Jindal's rejection of some stimulus money - and the quiet maneuver by Rep. Avon Honey angered some and amused others.

It also pointed out some not-so-hidden secrets of the Legislature: Lawmakers approve things they don't read. Politicians regularly play games but then cry foul when the games are played on them. And many lawmakers are looking for ways to circumvent the governor.

The move by Honey has generated hard feelings, complaints of sneaky tactics and a huge amount of grumbling for a bill that still has many steps to go before it could possibly become law.

Honey, D-Baton Rouge, proposed an amendment to his worker's compensation bill that was up for debate after a long afternoon of House floor action last Monday, right before work wrapped up for the day.

Honey said, "The amendment is merely adding language for the requirements for ARRA, and I ask for your favorable adoption."

He never mentioned that ARRA stands for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal stimulus act, or that the action would override Jindal's rejection of $98 million in stimulus money to expand unemployment benefits.

Jindal has opposed taking the stimulus dollars because he says accepting those funds would force businesses to pay higher unemployment taxes. Supporters say people need the extra government aid now, in a recession, more than ever. The issue has become a partisan divide in the Legislature, particularly after Jindal spoke against the entire stimulus act nationally.

But no one had that type of debate on the House floor.

After Honey offered the amendment, no one asked a question. The amendment was adopted. The bill passed with a 99-0 vote and was sent to the Senate.

During the final vote, House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Terrytown, was heard asking an aide, "What does the amendment do?" The aide responded that she didn't know.

A bit later in the evening, folks read the bill. Then, Jindal's labor secretary, Tim Barfield, released a statement saying the move "flies in the face of the open, honest government our people deserve."

Honey defended his actions, saying he followed the proper legislative protocol to amend a bill and then pass it.

"People say, 'Oh, he's slick.' No, I'm not. I'm a country boy from north Baton Rouge who used the process here at the Capitol," he said.

Rep. Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge, said the move amounted to a violation of trust in the Legislature. "My trust was breached on Monday, and I urge this body to work together, to pull together," he said later in the week.

It's not surprising Ponti would have that feeling. He opposes the stimulus override and felt duped.

Rep. Michael Jackson, I-Baton Rouge, disagreed, saying it wasn't Honey's fault that no one was paying attention.

"If we didn't do our job, then let's be honest. You know, don't say that trust was breached by one of our colleagues. Say, 'We didn't do our jobs. We didn't read the legislation. We didn't ask the questions that we should have asked,"' Jackson said.

Of course, it might have been easier to ask those questions if Honey had fully described his amendment - in terms that would have been clearer to lawmakers.

However, to be fair, it's not as though that was the first sleight of hand or political maneuvering of the session.

While the Jindal administration was quick to complain about deceptive maneuvers from Honey, they forgot to mention their own role in helping to subvert legislative process.

A couple of weeks ago, the governor's office helped thwart a vote on a proposed cigarette tax increase that Jindal opposes. Two members of the House committee that was slated to vote on the tax hike bill were allowed to hide out on the fourth floor of the Capitol, the location of the governor's office, to keep the committee from having enough members to take a vote.

So, what's sneaky? And what's fair play?

There's a healthy supply of political gamesmanship at the Louisiana Capitol.