For years in the state house we sort of chuckled at the senate. We knew we house Republicans were the conservative body in the legislature. Now it is looking like the other way around. The senate Repubs have gone conservative and the house Repubs are all over the place. While the house has good members, they are not positioned very well. So some old problems keep coming back up. Today's example was the bill to remove one unions monopoly from negotiations on contracts.
In the senate it sailed through. In the house it has been a battle. Beth Harwell has had to come in to brake a tie to get it out of education sub committee and today the house finance committee sent the bill back to the education committee.
Oh, did I mention the education committee is already closed for the year?
Speaker Harwell will probably have to re open the committee to try and get it back out, but it just looks bad. It was a bill she clearly supported and her own supporters are not giving her any help or even the benefit of the doubt when it is needed.
There are comments being made that some members are more interested in negotiating tactics to get other, non issue related, things added to the budget then they are about passing the bill. Way to think for the team. Most members know this session is an all or nothing type deal for them. If the unions can stop the balancing measures they will come after the members who have already stuck their neck on the line to support those measures with a vengeance.
The house needs a "Come to Jesus" meeting or they can get ready to kiss those sweet positions on leadership as part of the big majority good bye.