Craddick Promises Fair Hearing on Recorded Votes

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Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick says he is open to a change in the policy on recorded votes -- if that's what state House members want.

So says The Dallas Morning News in an editorial in today's editions. The paper says Craddick promised in a meeting with its editorial board that a measure on recorded votes would get a fair committee hearing -- and a floor vote if it is reported out of committee.

Texas is one of about ten states that don't require lawmakers to record their individual votes, making it difficult to know where individual legislators stand.

Attempts to require individual recorded votes through state law or constitutional amendment failed in the 2005 legislative session. But legislative leaders say House and Senate rules changes in January 2005 resulted in more recorded votes.

Craddick called for record votes during the recent special session on school finance.