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Wrangling for votes in the Senate

Posted at 1:39 PM on May 17, 2008 by Michael Marchio

Sen. Ellen Anderson and Rep. Jim Davnie's mortgage foreclosure bill, SF3396, had an epic battle this afternoon on the Senate floor. It was the first piece of business taken up after the Senate came back from a recess they took to celebrate the state's 150th birthday. At first, it didn't look like it would have enough votes to pass, because some lawmakers were spending a little too much time with the mini-donut stand or something outside. As lawmakers piled in, the vote tallies went up and down until it finally settled 34-33 when the roll closed.

It's been the only bill we've seen any real action today, and the session is expected to go well into the night. We could have another minimum wage bill, constitutional amendments on who can call special session and who sets lawmaker pay, a mysterious bonding bill containing Central Corridor money and who knows what else, and maybe a couple veto overrides on Real ID and the education finance bill.

It's a beautiful day to be down at the Capitol. Visitors are milling about on the freshly cut mall grass, stages are set up for music and food vendors, and lawmakers bosses, the people, are venturing with curious looks into building that usually gets more attention from school field trips and lobbyists. Later tonight, we've been promised some fireworks, and maybe some rhetorical ones inside the building too, keep checking back, and watch the House and Senate online.