Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Turner Stands Up to Leadership

Many have criticized Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) for following the leadership on many controversial votes, but today he decided to take a different approach and vote in the opposite direction. HB 1006, which creates limits to ad valorem tax rates of certain taxing units (basically creating revenue caps), was highly supported by Speaker Tom Craddick. The bill was passed by the House today (83 yeas; 62 nays; 0 present, not voting) largely because of the Speaker's rare public support from the Chair. But this situation didn't restrict Turner from sticking to his democratic values and voting against the bill.