April 25, 2007
When good things happen to bad bills

As the title on the Observer blog post says, "Oops!"

Due to a technical blunder, two anti-abortion bills died despite overwhelming support in the House State Affairs Committee. House Bill 175, a trigger ban on abortion in Texas should Roe v. Wade be overturned, and House Bill 1750, an abortion and judicial bypass reporting bill, had the support of seven of the 9-member committee and were expected to pass. They only received a vote of 4-to-2, just one short of the five needed to pass them out of committee.

The committee's chairman Rep. David Swinford (R-Dumas) called the vote in an April 18th meeting on the House floor upon adjournment. Though he saw seven members present, only six had in fact been recorded as present in the roll call, Swinford says.

"It was my fault," Swinford says. "It was unintentional." The bills can only be reconsidered at the request of one of the opposing votes, who have decided not to do so, he says.

Good for them. The reps in question are (I presume, anyway, given the makeup of the State Affairs committee) Mark Veasey and my own rep, Jessica Farrar. These victories may not stick, since there's still the Senate version of the bills to consider, but I'll take what I can get.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 25, 2007 to That's our Lege