Politics & Government

May 11, 2011 5:07 PM

Lawmakers negotiate release of hostage bills

The House Ways and Means Committee just passed

a bill closing a tax exemption for big banks’ mortgage interest earnings.

The party-line vote on

House Bill 2078

is a sure sign that the Legislature’s 30-day special session finally is picking up speed on Day 16, but it's still a bit crazy to think lawmakers are close to getting done.

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