Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Well Is About to Run Dry

At midnight tonight, Senate bills that have not been heard on second reading in the House will die. Among them will be SB 3, the Senate's omnibus water bill. It's so far down on the calendar that some 60 plus bills are listed before it. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Robert Puente (D-San Antonio) estimated a little while ago that each bill would need to take about 4 minutes in order for the House to get to SB 3. Not likely. The bill's placement on the calendar is an indication of the low-regard the House leadership has for this legislation, which Lite Gov David Dewhurst called one of his major priorities of the session.