Monday, July 28, 2003

The Democrats are gone, but their votes aren't.

Via BJ of StoutDem:

The Texas AFL-CIO's newletter reports "The House, for its part, conducted business in the apparent absence of a quorum. The decision to concur in Senate amendments to House Bill 5, which among other things purports to make it legal to deny new teachers access to the Teachers Retirement System for the first 90 days of their employment, allegedly came on 101 votes, or one more than a quorum. But Texas AFL-CIO lobbyists witnessed several buttons being pushed on behalf of absent members, in an obvious violation of House rules. When Democratic lawmakers sought to verify whether a quorum was present on the vote, House Speaker Tom Craddick angily denied the motion, ruling that the House rules offer no mechanism for challenging the existence of a quorum on a vote if it appears that 100 lawmakers voted."