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In the Senate, R’s split over a bill that would have repealed the current requirement that all riders of ATV’s wear a helmet and limited it to children.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

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Rob Schofield, Director of Research, has three decades of experience as a lawyer, lobbyist, writer, commentator and trainer. At N.C. Policy Watch, Rob writes and edits frequent opinion pieces and blog posts, speaks to various civic groups, appears regularly on TV and radio and helps build and develop movements for change.