Some people win and some people lose in the intense closing days of a legislative session. Each chamber pats itself on the back for the bills it passed, prefers not to talk about the bills it flubbed…and sometimes there is some venting.
House floor leader Tim Jones blamed “renegade senators” for killing some bills. Senate leaders refused to rise to the bait. President Pro Tem Rob Mayer maintained the outward appearance of calm he has displayed throughout the session although he did admit there were some tensions in the senate, particularly when a group dubbed by some senate members as the “Gang of Nine” dominated debate on some issues.
Mayer says a difference in the way the House and Senate operates might be behind the remarks. The senate is sometimes accused by the House of taking too much time on bills. The House is sometimes accused by the Senate of rushing through legislation, often by cutting off debate.
It’s likely different people will be saying similar things a year from now.