Kirk Watson just demonstrated why it’s a bad idea to tangle with a trial lawyer. Tommy Williams has spent the last two hours arguing that he wants the Voter ID vetted in a Committee of the Whole so that all senators – not just those on, say, Senate State Affairs – get to weigh in on the issue. He’s all about inclusiveness.
Question from Watson: Couldn’t the lieutenant governor under the old rules just refer the Voter ID bill to the Committee of the Whole?
Watson: So only difference in this new process is, instead of requiring support of two-thirds of the Senate, it would only take a simple majority (to pass Voter ID)?
Williams: That would be correct.
Dewhurst has sent his driver home. This is not going to be over anytime soon.