Texas House Member Kills State Senators Bills

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.

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