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February 19, 2007



By most legislative math, having 118 co-authors in the House and 16 in the Senate is pretty impressive. You sound pretty alarmist about what would normally be a dream situation for a legislator. Remember, it does not take 21 co-authors to pass a bill in the Senate, only 21 votes.

On the other hand, there have been times when co-authors disappeared when it was time to vote for a bill, and also situations where a bill had plenty of support and still went nowhere. Ask State Rep. Todd Smith what happened to his bill to clean up an ambiguity in campaign finance laws last session.


I don't mean to sound alarmist -- I just don't want to get complacent about this. Indeed, this position is amazingly good on paper.

But it is exactly that situation "where a bill had plenty of support and still went nowhere" that I want to make sure we avoid. There is limited time in the legislative session and it is all to easy for the leadership to bury bills and claim that they just ran out of time.

Especially when the person holding what is generally considered the most powerful position in the state government, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, has openly expressed doubts, while the Governor's support is recent and, in my opinion, not to be trusted, given his recent tendency to want to sell off parks.

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