House again falls short on private option, but expected to pass on next vote | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, February 20, 2014

House again falls short on private option, but expected to pass on next vote

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 3:07 PM

statecapwebized.jpg

The House today fell short of the needed supermajority for the private option, with 72 voting Aye, but today's vote was essentially meaningless, for reasons explained here. The Senate passed the private option appropriation 27-8 this morning. 

Most believe that the needed 75 votes are there to pass the appropriation when the House takes it up again. In fact, Minority Leader Greg Leding said "the votes have been there all week" — it was just a matter of having the Senate vote and getting that bill in the House. That said, the delay will give opponents one last chance to try any and all Hail Mary plays they might have up their sleeves. 

The House will vote tomorrow morning at 10. One small issue is that many members are likely to be gone, since the House usually takes Fridays off, but members can vote in absentia by "pairing" votes. Both House Speaker Davy Carter and Gov. Mike Beebe said they had been told that 75 votes were likely there for passage now that the procedural timing wrinkles have been ironed out, but declined to make any predictions for tomorrow. Carter again stated that the House would vote every day until it passes, and expressed 100-percent confidence that the supermajority will be reached eventually. 

One other note on today: the Secretary of State's appropriation was pulled out and not voted on today. This is likely a symbolic point about precedent: if a minority of lawmakers are going to block the DHS budget over the private option, a minority of Democrats could block the Secretary of State's appropriation over Voter ID

UPDATE: Sounds like the count may be stuck on 74 this evening but proponents are hopeful they can get it over the hump by tomorrow morning. Unclear whether or not it will pass tomorrow, but at this point, most lawmakers on both sides of the private option debate believe it's all over but the shouting. If they're short Friday, the House will vote again on Tuesday. 


Tags: , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (20)

Showing 1-20 of 20

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-20 of 20

Add a comment

More by David Ramsey

  • GOP Congress races to pass tax bill, does nothing on funding health care for low-income kids (including ARKids)

    It has now been nearly three months since the federal government allowed funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — which provides health coverage for 9 million lower-income children, including 400,000 kids who are covered by ARKids — to lapse.
    • Dec 18, 2017
  • Meanwhile, in Puerto Rico

    With the crippling power outage at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport in the news, it's worth remembering tens of thousands of American citizens have been without power for three months. The New York Times reports that this morning Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló ordered a recount of the death toll from Hurricane Maria.
    • Dec 18, 2017
  • Overnight shootings on Vancouver Drive, Wakefield

    KATV reports that the Little Rock Police Department is investigating a shooting on the 2000 block of Vancouver Drive that took place overnight at around 3:00 a.m. Two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
    • Dec 18, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016
  • LR speakers blast state board for double standard

    A series of speakers, beginning with Sen. Joyce Elliott, denounced what they saw as a hidden agenda favoring charter schools at the state Department of Education and asked the state Board of Education for return of local control.
    • May 12, 2016

People who saved…

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation