According to lawmakers, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey took her bill hostage and refused to let the Senate act on it until the House adopted his judicial redistricting bill. In their caucus this morning, House Republicans were riled up about it.
A few minutes ago, the House killed Ramsey's bill by a resounding 66-28 vote after much blustery chest-beating by representatives about not letting the Senate push around the House.
"Vote no on the bill because it's not our bill!" Rep. Bill Sanderson cried. He said Ramsey's bill was "crammed down our throats."
The Senate has just reconvened from lunch, and Ramsey's House sponsor—Rep. Jon Lundberg—has arrived at the podium to whisper the bad news to the speaker. They are frowning at each other and shaking their heads.
Now, the question is whether Ramsey will make good on his threat to kill Harwell's bill in retaliation, or is he bluffing?
Senators aren't too fond of Harwell's bill anyway. It took weeks of wrangling to pry it out of the Senate Finance Committee and that happened only after the bill was amended into a nearly meaningless state.