The lame duck session is taking on a lot of water at the statehouse, with hopes for votes on hot-button issues going down the drain. The Senate president’s office issued a statement Thursday saying it would take “bi-partisan” work for bills legalizing same-sex marriage and restricting guns and ammunition to get a floor vote – and that it would not occur this week.
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It takes 30 votes to get something done in the Senate, and sponsors are having a difficult time counting to 30. A combination of overseas travel, the death of a senator’s mother and another senator’s family illness have taken away reliable votes on the “marriage equality” issue. The development comes a day after minority Republicans forced a roll call vote on the question of whether the bill could go to committee immediately, and the sponsor was two votes short then.