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NPT Capitol: Moody and Marquez budget amendments fail

marquezEl Paso freshman state Reps Marisa Marquez and Joe Moody, both failed to amend the budget Friday afternoon. The two lawmakers, in back-to-back amendments, were both blocked for the same reason – their amendments created general law, which under House rules, (R. 8, Sec. 4) cant be done by an appropriations bill.

moody1Moody’s amendment concerned what he called “pay to politics” and would have prohibited funds from the Texas Enterprise and Emergency Technology funds being awarded to companies if any of their officers or directors had in the previous two years, “made a political contribution to the governor, lieutenant governor or speaker of the House in the preceding two years.”

Marquez’s amendment, in light of the AIG bonus scandal would have prohibited funds going from TEF and ETF sources to companies that had laid off 25 workers or more in the previous year, but had also given bonuses to executives worth more than 1% of their base salary.

–Ben Wright

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

April 17, 2009 at 2:02 pm

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  1. I’m proud of our representatives, they show they’re for real by standing up and doing the right thing on behalf of the people.

    Lisle H. Davis

    April 18, 2009 at 9:25 am

  2. Congratulations to El Paso’s freshmen legislators! They jumped into the mix and tried to actually DO something. Their amendments were certainly not the only ones to go down on the same points of order. They will learn and be better legislators by learning the process. They have also shown themselves to be team players. The session is not over and they are players in the process.

    El Paso should be proud of them.

    Watching from the Gallery

    April 18, 2009 at 9:27 am

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