Only McClurkin and one other Republican on the panel actually voted “aye” on the bill. Two Republicans and one Democrat insist they said “no” to the bill in the voice vote; three legislators weren’t even present for the vote. The House’s clerk told the Advertiser that “the chairman of each committee has the discretion to decide the outcome of a voice vote.”
You know, I always wondered about this. I may have a degree in political science, but my knowledge of parliamentary procedure is pretty weak – every time I see one of those “AND THE AYES HAVE IT” voice votes, I always wonder if they mess that up since it seems kind of subjective.
Apparently they do, but it’s just a committee thing, so mandatory public school prayer (I mean, seriously?) will probably go somewhere else in the legislature to die. Anyways, issue aside, it’s kind of funny this got screwed up.