Monday, May 23, 2005

Still Fluid?

The first vote that would have affected vouchers on SB 422 came on an amendment by Rep. Scott Hochberg (D-Houston). It would have removed the voucher provision in the bill along with a number of others. The bill's author Rep. Kent Grusendorf (R-Arlington) put up a motion to table the amendment. The vote was a squeaker, the amendment squashed only because Speaker Tom Craddick (R-Midland), who doesn't normally vote, voted to table it. What the tight vote indicated is that this is much closer than was initially thought earlier today.

After the vote, Hochberg said: "There is only one reason that this issue is before us when most members don't want to vote on it and that's because a major contributor is sitting in the back hall."