Senator Bryan Townsend moved to suspend the rules and consider SB163 on the floor of the Senate even though the bill was rejected in Committee. The motion was defeated by a vote of 10-9, with Senator Cathy Cloutier was absent due to pneumonia. But there would appear to be another Senator either absent or not voting, since there are only 19 votes and there are 21 Senators. We know that retiring conservative Democratic Senator Brian Bushweller joined his fellow conservative Democrat Bruce Ennis in voting no. So 11 Democrats minus those 2 = 9 yes votes. So it appears that every Democrat save Ennis and Bushweller voted and voted yes. The missing Senator is likely to be Greg Lavelle if I had to guess. Ducking responsibility once again.
Goodbye Brian Bushweller. Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split ya when you leave.
Bruce Ennis, time to consider joining Mr. Bushweller.
And Cathy Cloutier, your absences this year are becoming unacceptable. It would seem your health and your family issues are preventing you from doing your job. It is time for you to consider resigning.