Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Postcards From The Lege gives up a couple of updates.

The first one is that about the status of HB 2 in the Senate, Support slipping on education reform:
Lacking the 21 votes needed to immediately bring up the school reform bill, HB 2, the Senate went into recess shortly after convening this morning at 10:30 and devolved into knots of conferring senators around the chamber floor.

They're scheduled to get back at it at 2:30 p.m., not coincidentally the time when Senate rules allow the 470-page bill to raise teacher salaries and give Robin Hood a change of clothing to come up for debate with just 16 votes. Until then, Senate rules would require a vote of two-thirds of the Senate, or 21 votes.
That calrifies when the Senate can bring up the bill. Then next one is about the possible filibuster, Senator threatens filibuster:
Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, said he "most likely" will filibuster HB 2, the education reform bill that would give the so-called Robin Hood funding system a makeover and raise teacher salaries, when the Senate goes back into session this afternoon.


Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, sponsor of HB 2, said she had 17 votes at last count, enough for passage in the 31-member Senate. But the "runs", a calculation of how HB 2 affects the money flow for each district, were apparently done incorrectly Tuesday. So senators were looking at a new run this morning to see how their districts fare.
HB 2 has a bad case of the runs? That's not good. Stay tuned.


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