According to Byron, the State House has apparently managed to scrape up a quorum, and almost immediately afterwards passed redistricting bill HB1 (2) by a 75-26 margin, with one member voting "present". I suppose this has to be the same House bill that the Senate pooped on last session - how else could it have gotten out of committee so fast? - but I can't say for sure just yet. Here is the bill, as noted by Rob. I'll try to find a map later.
Meanwhile, the Chron has an article on Sen. Ken Armbrister, the lone Democrat to remain in Austin (with the apparent blessing of his colleagues), and an article on the House Dems, who are expressing their solidarity with their Senate colleagues. The Statesman has a timeline from yesterday and an update on the Burnam lawsuit. Other newspapers are still reporting that the House did not have a quorum today. I expect they'll catch up soon.
UPDATE: The Chron confirms that the House passed the same bill that the Senate rejected in the first session.
[A]t about 12:55 p.m., the House had the necessary 100 members to restore the quorum and get back to work. Then 20 minutes later, at 1:15 p.m., the House agreed to suspend all rules and passed a congressional redistricting bill on final reading without referring it to a committee first. The bill is the same one the House passed in the first special session.
That means the issue now goes to the Senate for consideration, but there has been no quorum in that chamber since Monday, when 11 Democratic senators fled to Albuquerque, N.M., to block any effort to pass a redistricting bill this session.
My head hurts.
UPDATE: More on the House bill, how it passed so quickly, and reaction from House Dems, who appear to be ready to head home.Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 29, 2003 to Killer D's | TrackBack