*** UPDATED x2 - Manar responds - Barickman explains *** Talks appear to break down, SB1 hold lifted
Monday, Jul 31, 2017
* The Senate has released the parliamentary hold on SB1. As I write this, however, it has not yet been officially sent to the governor. [ADDING: The bill has now been transmitted.]
A little background from today…
The Democrats claimed that they were making progress. The Republicans obviously weren’t convinced.
And away we go…
*** UPDATE 1 *** Sen. Barickman told reporters this today…
Sen. Manar said he wouldn’t even respond to that.
*** UPDATE 2 *** So, I bated Sen. Manar a little bit and he finally gave his side of the story, saying he wanted to be careful not to completely derail the talks.
Manar’s version is vastly different than Barickman’s. According to Manar, the Democrats have been moving toward one of the Republicans’ chief demands and the Democrats left the meeting promising language within a few hours designed to address the demands. Manar says he thought there’d be another meeting later today.
Instead, Barickman held a press conference to say the Democrats failed to make good on a promise to have language at the first afternoon meeting. Manar sounded stunned at this turn of events.