It did not escape Judith Zaffirini’s notice that the Voter ID bill from last session carried a $671,000 annual fiscal note, but this year’s version has a a neutral impact. What prompted the difference? she asks Fraser. “Good research,” he contends. Evidently, upon closer scrutiny, the Voter ID bill can be implemented without any body spending any more money for training of poll workers or education of voters. “It is an enormous difference. Just amazing,” Z noted. “I want the name of the person from the LBB (Legislative Budget Board) who developed it. I’ll be asking them to look at some of mine (her bills) to see what they come up with.” Somewhere in the LBB offices, someone is crawling under a desk. Look for the analyst in a fetal position.
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