HPVeto?
Fri April 27, 2007 10:52 am

I move to reconsider the statement I made in an earlier posting that I thought Rick Perry would veto the bill negating the governor's executive order on the HPV vaccine. If it were the only major bill constraining the executive branch that would reach his desk during the session, when the Legislature can--and, in this case, undoubtedly would--override his veto, he would do it. But the governor has bigger fish to fry: HB 1892, the transportation bill by Wayne Smith that is carrying the Kolkhorst moratorium on comprehensive development agreements along with Senate changes, has been placed on the intent calendar by Tommy Williams. If the House concurs in Senate amendments, the bill could be on its way to the governor's desk before mid-May, forcing the governor to act within ten days. Perry understands the Legislature, and he knows that losing leads to more losing. He can't afford to suffer an overwhelming defeat on HPV just before he has to act on a much more important bill. If he decides that he has to veto the transportation bill, then he has to swallow HPV.

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