The amendment that mattered
Tue May 10, 2011 1:02 am

The closest vote of the night on the sanctuary cities bill was the Oliveira/Huberty amendment to take school district law enforcement personnel out of the bill. The proponents argued that school districts could lose their funding–it was not clear whether the funds were state or federal–if school districts law enforcement sought to enforce immigration laws. Solomons moved to table, and the amendment was tabled on an 80-65 vote, despite having the backing of the education community. Then Solomons moved the previous question, cutting off further debate. Solomons looked weary throughout the debate–who can blame him?–and got testy when Castro sought to ask questions about an amendment that had previously passed. Solomons refused initially but agreed after Raymond urged him to reconsider. Tempers are getting shorter every day.

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