Monday, July 18, 2005

HB 2 and HB 3-- The Drama Continues

It seems like Rick Perry opened the flood gates up a little early. Making the assumption that talks on HB 2 and HB 3 were nearly wrapped up he allowed for a couple more things to be put on the docket for the special session (see this, this, and this).

Well it seems that adding to the special session might have been a bit hasty after all. Burnt Orange Report-er Damon McCullar has a brief synopsis of what went down this weekend, and it seem that it has already all come undone again.

The latest from inside the capitol is that there is a mad house with in the lege. To many people are trying to pass to much and at the same time legislators are starting to fend off against primary challengers.

Quorum Report has the latest break down of HB 2 and HB 3, and it doesn't look pretty.
The conferees on House Bill 3 met briefly this morning to discuss the progress on the bill. Chair Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) said the conferees had worked through the night and morning and were "as close as they'd ever been on the bill" but still had details to decide.

Keffer reiterated that he and Sen. Steven Ogden (R-Bryan) were committed to good state policy and not just passing a bill to pass a bill. Much of the committee's work has centered around what Keffer termed the potential "unintended consequences" that might result from terms laid out in the bill.


Despite conferees telling us they had a deal

We are told that some language surfaced in the most recent version of HB2 that was not part of the agreement. We are not clear on all the details yet other than that it is back to the negotiating table.

This is bad news for the session. Their number one goal is to fix public schools, and they are not doing that. I think there will be a resolution by tomorrow, but with this legislator it is hard to be certain of anything.

UPDATE 7/18/05- 1:33 PM
Only adding to the credibility, Kuff has this to add.


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