Written by Ed Sterling Friday, 16 August 2013 08:37
Given the contentiousness of the two previous called sessions that each lasted a full 30 days, lawmakers plowed their way to comparatively quick votes to give Gov. Rick Perry what he wanted. It’s a two-part solution.
First, Senate Joint Resolution 1 by Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, is a proposed constitutional amendment that voters will see on the November 2014 ballot. SJR 1, should voters approve it, would take 50 percent of the state’s oil and gas severance taxes that normally are deposited in the state Economic Stabilization (“Rainy Day”) Fund and instead put that revenue into the state highway fund.