No surprise, really.
Rep. Todd Smith, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Elections, confirmed today he's intending to have the committee vote Monday on a voter ID plan.
The twist: Smith is backing off his attempts to rewrite the plan.
Bowing to a request from two GOP colleagues, Smith simply intends to seek the committee's approval of the Senate-approved version of Senate Bill 362.
Presuming the five Republicans on the committee stick together, this means that barring unforeseen hang-ups, a clean version of the Senate plan will ultimately be taken up on the House floor.
The colleagues, Reps. Betty Brown of Terrell and Linda Harper-Brown of Irving, had resisted Smith's attempts to rewrite the Senate bill.
UPDATE: As noted in the comments, the Monday deadline is for House bills, so SB362 would be exempt from that. So I daresay the best hope is for it to not pass on the House floor.Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 08, 2009 to That's our Lege