Minor cracks in Republican unity?

Minor cracks in Republican unity?

- in Legislative Watch

This has to be the first day this has happened this session — both houses held votes today in which Republicans finally abandoned their lockstep voting patterns.

In the House, the break came on medical malpractice “reform” when several R’s voted in support of an amendment that removed some egregious injuries from the bill’s limitation on “non-economic injuries.”

In the Senate, R’s split over a bill that would have repealed the current requirement that all riders of ATV’s wear a helmet and limited it to children. The bill failed 23-26.

Maybe there’s a shred of hope for the session after all.

About the author

Rob Schofield, Director of NC Policy Watch, has three decades of experience as a lawyer, lobbyist, writer and commentator. At Policy Watch, Rob writes and edits daily online commentaries and handles numerous public speaking and electronic media appearances. He also delivers a radio commentary that’s broadcast weekdays on WRAL-FM and WCHL and hosts News and Views, a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina.