Sunday, May 22, 2005

Influence Peddlers Get a Break

It's 11:25 p.m. and the House members are starting to get a little loopy. They are currently debating SB 1863 which is a supplemental tax bill. It's one of several that the leadership of the Senate has created to stash revenue in case the school finance legislation crashes and burns. Word on the floor is that there are more than 40 amendments ready to go as everybody tries to get their pet project on. It's going to be a long night.

The bill came over from the Senate with a $1000 lobby registration fee for lobbyists not working for nonprofits. Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) offered an amendment to lower that to $500. Always concerned about the wellbeing of the lobby, Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) offered an amendment to the amendment to lower that even more to $370. It appears that Chisum's amendment is what got on.