With less than two weeks remaining until sine die, the Constitutional adjournment of the Legislative Session, last minute political maneuvers are impacting the outcomes of key legislation. Senate Republicans have left the state, denying a quorum for any bills to advance on the Senate floor. Hour by hour, new developments are continuing to occur, but it appears that the 2019 Legislative Session is over.
The procedural tactic of denying quorum (20 members are needed for the Senate chamber to advance legislation) was utilized earlier in the Session as the vote on the education tax package, House Bill 3427 A, sailed through the legislative process. Senate Republicans ultimately returned in exchange for gun control and mandatory vaccination bills being withdrawn.
In response to the threat of a second walk-out by Senate Republicans, Governor Kate Brow