AUSTIN (May 20, 2013)—State Rep. Ruth McClendon, D-San Antonio, is killing bills authored by a Houston senator in retaliation for the senator’s opposition to an exoneration bill.
McClendon filibustered two bills Friday authored by state Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, and killed another bill last week.
McClendon is angry that Huffman is blocking a vote on the creation of the Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission, which would investigate cases where possibly innocent people have been falsely convicted.
Huffman believes a commission is unnecessary and she was also insulted by a support of the bill.
McClendon accuses Huffman of not showing respect for the Texas House of Representatives, which approved the commission, and she wants a vote.
Among the bills McClendon killed were two expanding the chemical definition of illegal, synthetic drugs.