Texas House Floor,
Rep. Toby Goodmanís Motion to Reconsider adoption of SB 1413
Toby Goodman: Mr.
Speaker, Members, I move to reconsider the vote by which Senate Bill 1413 passed
to engrossment. The reason for this
is there was an amendment placed on that bill that repeals Chapter 149 of the
Agriculture Code which makes horsemeat consumption legal in
Chairman Tom Craddick:
The Chair recognizes Mr. Hardcastle in opposition.
Mr. Speaker, Members, the horsemeat billís already passed this House
once. The amendment that we put in
that code gives us room to work in conference and gives me a little leverage in
the Senate where weíve been working all day today to get Ms. Brownís
original bill heard in its full form and fashion, and the worst thing a
politician can say is, folks, stay with me on this, and trust me, because
weíre not gonna allow the
horsemeat to be used for human consumption in the United States, but we need to
leave that amendment in the bill as it is so we can go to conference and fix it
right, or so that weíve got enough leverage to get Ms. Brownís bill voted on
in the committee. Itís a straight
up and down vote, and if it doesnít pass the Senate weíre through messing
with it, and itíll come out anyway. If
they donít vote on it, Iím gonna use this for all the leverage I can.
So I ask you to stay with me on the vote.
Weíre gonna not reconsider this bill, and let it go.
Havenít we already voted this once?
That we said that we were gonna allow Ms. Brownís bill to pass?
We passed it, and this is all weíre doing?
Hardcastle: We passed it out of this House by 86 votes. It passed out. It was debated. Everybody should know what the issue is by now. This just allows me the leverage to try to get the Senate to do a straight up and down vote on the bill.
you, Mr. Howard.
Chair recognizes Mr. Goodman.
Speaker, Members, I donít think Rick Hardcastle needs leverage in the Texas
Senate. I donít think thereís a
member of this House that needs leverage in the Texas Senate.
This amendment got on. It was
not explained. It legalizes the
consumption of horsemeat in
Goodman, you said that it doesnít need any leverage.
You know that the billís been held up in the Senate by Senator ..uh..West
(sic), so how can you say that it doesnít
need any leverage?
Senate is an independent body, as everybody knows.
The bill has to pass the House and the Senate.
What the Senate does is the Senateís business.
shows that we want this bill, and it will help him get us there, and we donít
need to reconsider this vote. Thank
Betty Brown: I
think that everyone in here feels like theyíve heard more than they want to
hear about this subject. Weíve
spoken once on it, and the question now is, do we want the animals rights people
to set ag policy for our State from now on?
Or do we wantÖ. or do we want the people that are involved in
agriculture and agriculture related industry in our State who deal with this
issue all the time and know the most about it, for them to make the decisions
about the future of ag policy in our State.
Thatís what it boils down to. I
urge you to vote againstÖ
youíre wrong. Betty, youíre just
wrong. Youíre right.
You did pass a bill out of here allowing two existing plants, the only
two in the country, to process horse meat, ship it to Europe and Japan so the
French and the Belgians and the Japanese people can eat it, but there was never
a bill passed out of this House to legalize the consumption of horse meat in
Texas. And thatís what this
amendment does, and you know it.
would if it were left as it is, but we already have a commitment from our Ag
Chairman that thatís not the way itís gonna be final.
Itís just that this happens to be the only avenue left to us to get it
out of here and get it to a point where we can get reasonable people working on
it and get it in some form.
not even germane to this bill.
yes it is.
is because it deals with that section of the Ag Code.
The Chairman has decided to delete that from the Ag Code.
to reconsider. Weíll see if itís
right. Itís part of the bill.
Itís not an issue now. So I
move that weÖuhÖhaÖagainst tabling. Vote
No, Members, please. Thank
I ask you to vote yes on the motion to reconsider.
Goodman moves to reconsider Senate Bill 1413.
Itís a record vote. All
those in favor vote Aye, all those opposed vote No.
The Clerk will ring the bell. Show
Mr. Goodman voting Aye. Vote from
your desks, Members, weíre still under strict enforcement.
Have all members voted? Have
all members voted? 45 ayes, 72 nays,
2 present not voting. The motion
fails to adopt.