Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Live blogging the start of the special session

3:21 - House adjourning until Thursday at 10 a.m. Approps to meet at 8 a.m. Thursday.

3:19 - Points of personal privilege, introduction of guests.

3:16 - Senate committee to announce that they are ready to conduct business. House back in session. House rules suspended regarding reading of bills on three separate days. Bills assigned to Approps.

3:10 - Bills posted on the House side of the lege's website.

3:08 - Proclamation for special session read. Recess.

3:05 - Pledge, Prayer, attendance - 47 present, 3 absent, 10 excused.

3:03 - Talk in the gallery is that the bills from the last post will go through Approps tomorrow.

3:00 - Over in the House. Reps gathering.


Thane Eichenauer said...

Any list of those absent? Who gives out the excused absences?

cpmaz said...

I don't have a list of those who were out, but excused absences are given out by the speaker of the house/president of the senate.

Don't know the exact number of the Senators who showed up over there, but I was told it was roughly the same percentage.

Actually, the number attending today isn't as important as the number who show up on Thursday. Over in the Senate, the Republicans will need all of the votes they can round up to get this stuff to pass.

The just needed to get a quorum so that they could open the special session.