We passed the Senate Tourism committee today on a unanimous vote. There was even a nice write-up by Phillip Rawls on the AP wire. While certainly welcome news, it was not at all unexpected; we passed the same committee last year. We never expected opposition in committee, and (cross your fingers while knocking on wood) we don’t expect any serious obstructionism if our bill ever comes to the floor in the Senate.
We went into this session expecting our main difficulty to be the do-nothing posture of the Senate, and per my post below, that expectation was valid.
So everything’s in place for us to come to a floor vote in the Senate… it all hinges on whether they do any real work this year. Hope for the best.