GOP Blocks Bible Bill
The bill did have more proponents than detractors as 49 members voted in favor of the motion, while 42 opposed it. But supporters of the bill fell 7 votes short of the 60% necessary to override the procedural roadblock. No Republicans voted in favor of the bill, while only 3 Democrats (Laird, Mitchell, Morrison) voted against it. The AP has the rollcall of the vote.
It is interesting to see State House Republicans employ similar procedural tactics as liberal Democrats in the US Senate. Republicans often accuse Congressional Democrats of obstructionist tactics, but GOPers in the State House don't mind stealing a page out of their ideological opponents' playbook.
The bill's sponsor, and Majority Leader, Ken Guin (D-Carbon Hill) left open the possibility of bringing the bill up again, but that seems unlikely at this point.
Republicans voiced their objection to the bill's requirement of a specific text, but Democrats saw more politics than principle in the GOP opposition. "They didn't think of it first. They didn't want the Democrats to get credit for it," Alvin Holmes was quoted by the AP.
But Republicans don't expect any fallout from their blocking the Bible Literacy Bill, "I don't think people are going to believe that Republicans are against religion and don't want the Bible taught in schools," [GOP Leader Mike]Hubbard said.
I think legislative Democrats intend to put that to the test over the coming months.