Urgent negotiations were still underway the night before, because the bavarian state parliament, which had fallen into disrepute as a self-service store for its deputies, wanted to send a clear and unified signal to the disgruntled electorate: no more nepotism. Despite considerable internal discussion, the CSU, FDP, SPD and grunen factions then took this quite literally. Up to the fourth degree, deputies should no longer be allowed to employ relatives at state expense, including cousins and bases.
The new law on deputies is thus more restrictive than the regulation in force for the bundestag, which served as a guide for the bavarians, who acted in haste. But the cousins' issue went too far for the free voters: even in the early morning, when the decision to be made in the plenum in the afternoon was being prepared in the lead committee, bernhard pohl defended the position of his parliamentary group leader hubert aiwanger, who saw the inclusion of the cousins as a kind of occupational ban.
This refusal of free voters was generally regretted, but in the afternoon the situation looked different again: his faction, which was not the only one that wanted to be accused of defending the proverbial nepotism, openly revolted against aiwanger.