Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Atlanta, GA - Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said he learned Thursday morning that the Republican caucus has decided to not move forward with the bill and pointed out that the procedure for making that decision was a new one to him.
"Usually you have a committee process by which bills are passed through, and after they pass through [they] go to a rules committee," he said.
That happened with Senate Bill 10. The Senate Rules Committee had responsibility for moving it to the floor for a vote. But that never happened.
Instead, Republicans held a caucus vote to see where senators stood on the issue, and the bill failed to gain support, so Senate leadership decided to not bring it forward for a vote.
While the caucus decision dealt a blow to the bill, with 24 legislative days left to the session, proponents aren't likely to give up.