6/28/2011 4:43 PM
The Senate and House approved the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association reform bill conference committee reports this afternoon, shortly before an impasse on the state budget.
TWIA reform passed in the Senate 18-11 and in the House 98-44. It now heads to the Governor's desk. Shortly after the TWIA vote, the Senate adjourned sine die.
But the House still had some business to kick out, including the anti-TSA-groping bill and SB 1. However, as a surprise to many members from both parties, SB 1 failed on a 64-79 vote.
The Republicans are caucusing right now to figure out what to do. Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) told LSR he was fairly certain a solution could be reached this evening, but Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) said anything could happen.
Talk of a second special session is ruminating throughout the hallways. We'll keep an eye on this.