Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The Poor Man Cometh

Immediately after Bonnen was humiliated, Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) put up an amendment to SB 712, the energy efficiency bill, that would increase access that the poor and elderly have to a service that helps reduce their energy bills. Representatives of utilities come to their homes and identify and correct inefficiencies (a large gap under a door, for example) that cause higher energy bills. Turner asked his colleagues to "stand in representing the poor man's caucus."

After the amendment passed, Turner returned to the mic and notified the members, "Your membership cards to the poor man's caucus will arrive by the end of the day." Curious, Rep. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) asked whether or not this caucus will be having an end-of-the-session barbecue. "No," came the reply, "they can't afford it."