Forecast: Votes for water will come
John Ingle, Times Record News
While some say House Bill 11 will face enough opposition Monday to derail the legislation that would finance water-related projects throughout the state, area lawmakers predicted Friday it would pass — one way or another.
House Bill 11, authored by Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, would allow the transfer of $2 billion from the economic stabilization fund, or Rainy Day Fund, to provide low-interest loans to water districts for projects.
The problem, however, is that a transfer from the Rainy Day Fund requires 100 votes. Republicans hold 95 seats in the House, meaning it will take bipartisan support to pass the bill.