Having been stymied in the Senate, Rep. Phil King has turned to trickery to force through the telco-friendly bills HB789 and HB3179. He's attached them as amendments to the must-pass SB408, a bill about the Public Utilities Commission which has already passed the Senate. Sen. Jane Nelson is on record opposing this.
"We are at that point of the session when members are trying to amend their legislation onto other bills that are moving more quickly through the process," said Nelson, author of the PUC bill. "I understand that inclination. However, it is my preference that sunset legislation remain clean of major policy shifts."
Mr. Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, said Tuesday that consumers could pay millions more in telephone charges if the additions are passed. He said he would hold a hearing as early as next week and push his own competing proposal for a more gradual deregulation of telephone service.
"Bills of this magnitude that involve this much money that would be coming from the public need to have a fair hearing by both houses of the Legislature," he said.
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