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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

An the Beat Goes On...

State Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, asked his fellow Black Caucus members to allow the proposed calendar for the day to go forward so that the House could transact business, but Black Caucus members aren't inclined to oblige.

Many members of the caucus are angry that a bill to remove the state sales tax from groceries has not been brought back to try for another vote. The bill failed on a procedural vote last Tuesday and the Black Caucus has been slowing things down since that vote. Some are even questioning whether the Republican Caucus is serious about coming up with a compromise on the tax bill that can be voted on and out of the House.

Today's adventure in filibustering has gone on for more than an hour today. The Alabama Legislature is working a three-day week, and they'll be in session today, Wednesday and Thursday.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks


Blogger markeshia ricks said...

Update: Black Caucus ends filibuster after assurances that a compromise is indeed in the works. Leading members of the Black Caucus say they'll allow today's calendar to go forward, or at least some of it.

March 31, 2009 at 3:12 PM  

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