House Leadership in an apparent attempt to limit discharge petitions and the debate surrounding them has allowed some legislation to be reported out of Committee. HB- 163 & HB- 43 relating to the Military Tax Exemption for active duty military and national guard were reported favorably out of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee with only one dissenting vote. Rep. Jim Wayne of Louisville voted no.
Sponsors were given only minutes notification that their bills would be voted on this morning. Allowing the bills out of committee prevented the Republicans in the House from politicizing and grandstanding on the issues at the expense of House Leadership. Although budget considerations and timing are probably not on the side of these bills, there is at least an opportunity that they may make it to the House floor.
House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins moved this afternoon for the posting (3 days) to be waived for these bills. The bills will now have a maximum 5 days to get through the Rules Committee. Although there is a window of opportunity here there is no guarantee that the bills will not be recommitted back to the A & R Committee.
Rep. John Tilley who is the chief sponsor of HB-163 stated this afternoon that he was pleased with the opportunity to continue promoting and working for passage of this bill although the latest developments may not allow for the time needed to gain enough support for the bill's passage.