The bill got stuck in its final Senate committee before it could get a full floor vote.
Sen. John Arthur Smith, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, decided not to give the bill a hearing because he said there weren’t enough votes for it to pass.
“Quite frankly, I’m not certain we’re the appropriate committee to begin with so that wasn’t my determination,” Smith said. “I guess they were sent there ultimately because of the financial impact.”
However, Speaker of the House Brian Egolf felt the bill would have passed if it was given a committee hearing.
“I think the votes are there on the floor to pass it in the Senate and it’s basically boiling down to whether or not the Senate Finance Committee wants to give it a hearing,” Egolf said. “I think if he does, it will pass.”
Despite the bill not getting through this…