Daily Ramblings Log

September 30, 2007

Texas Legislation

Texas Legislation. Which should bother you more, that half aren’t even there, or what happens when they’re not?
Although I think this happens in every state legislature where they have an electronic voting system installed.


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  1. This practice has certainly been going on since I was a lobbyist in Austin in the 80s. Most of the time, it was by agreement. If a colleague had to be out of the House chamber, another member (usually a seat-mate or other neighbor) would cast their vote in accordance with their wishes. What wasn’t clear from the Channel 42 report was whether this was still the case. Of course back in the 80s the House was less divided on party lines, so it wasn’t a big deal if a member of one party voted on behalf of a member of another.

    The half that aren’t that there are often in committee or otherwise engaged in legislative work.

    Comment by Dave — September 30, 2007 @ 10:34 pm | Reply

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