Threat of Senate filibuster postponed; TxDOT rumored to be DOA
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HB 3827 almost touched off a Senate filibuster, but Sen. Bob Duell pulled down consideration until tomorrow. The issue is over immunity for underground storage tank leakage; Democrats feared it would give manufacturers of MTBE immunity for contamination of ground water and the cost of clean-ups would be borne by cities. The language was added by Sen. Tommy Williams, but it was noted that the same language was contained in a bill that failed last session. It was not filed this year and so had not been vetted by a committee. Sen. Kip Averitt , chair of Natural Resources, at one point urged Williams to reconsider given the late hour and the fact the issue had not gone through the committee process. Meanwhile, word from the House is that TxDOT is probably dead as too many bills are in the queue as midnight approaches. Looks like Carona is off the hook for his filibuster?