POSTED: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 8:50am
UPDATED: Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 10:01am
AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) —
House lawmakers on Wednesday attempted to pass the rules that will govern how they do business internally for the new session, but the vote was pushed to Monday after a rocky start with an argument between Rep. David Simpson (R - Longview), and Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D - Houston).
Simpson, who withdrew his bid for House speaker on Tuesday, added amendments to the House rules to increase "transparency," said his chief of staff, Kathi Seay.
But Thompson, on the floor of the House, took issue with the wording of Simpson's additions, especially the insertion of "gross misconduct" to an amendment on firing staff.
"I don't even know what 'gross misconduct' means. Why are we voting something that we don't have clue as to what it means?" Thompson said, adding, "Mr. Simpson did not define it in his amendment."
Seay said Thompson must have missed the earlier use of "gross misconduct" in other parts of the rule.
"I think they thought he was interjecting a new term into the rules; the term was already there," Seay said.
Tension between Simpson and Thompson dates back to 2011, when Simpson blocked Thompson's fast-tracked "puppy mill" bill.