Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Hupp on SB 6 conferees

We stopped by Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp's office late this afternoon to see what the Lampasas Republican had to say about the newly named conference committee for Senate Bill 6, the Child Protective Services reform bill. Earlier this afternoon, Speaker Tom Craddick named the five House conferees for the bill. They include Rep. Robert "Rainbow Coalition" Talton, the author of the controversial amendment that bans gays and lesbians from serving as foster parents.

We hear that Talton's amendment angered Hupp and the bill's Senate author, Jane Nelson. Both worked with Democrats to devise compromise legislation. Instead of getting credit for their efforts on a major bill that literally means life or death for many children, Hupp and Nelson have seen much of the media attention focus all week on Talton's amendment.

When we asked about Talton's appointment, Hupp paused and chose her words carefully. "They're a diverse group that represents the will of the House in the passing of that bill," Hupp said. She wouldn't comment further.

Was Craddick sending a stern message to Hupp? Or was it a slap at the Senate, which never seemed to take Talton's amendment seriously?

We know one thing for sure: Talton's presence will liven up those conference committee meetings.