posted on 07/28/2003 1:47:11 PM PDT
Yeah, baby! And up the river, I say. To the Big House.
posted on 07/28/2003 1:49:31 PM PDT
(May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
The trick to that is overcoming the very obstacle we're already facing: the 2/3 quorum rule.
Although it is true that the TX Senate, which tries impeachees, only needs a 2/3 OF THOSE PRESENT to convict, I don't see any exception to the 2/3 quorum rule for impeachment trials. So we couldn't get a quorum in the first place if the Dems bolt. (I'm assuming that the TX House can must the 2/3 votes but that the TX Senate can't.)
posted on 07/28/2003 1:56:23 PM PDT
One radical response to bolting is this:
1) Call special session of Senate.
2) Dems bolt
3) TX House IMPEACHES some of bolting Dems
4) Upon such impeachment, those Dems are automatically suspended from their Senate seats, and the Gov. may appoint provisional replacement Senators. (TX Const., Art. 15, sec. 5.)
posted on 07/28/2003 1:57:02 PM PDT
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