Motion to ‘Recall’ and Vote on Fetal Heartbeat Bill Tabled

On Monday evening, Sen. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) invoked Senate Rule 63 for SB 1236, the Senate version of the “fetal heartbeat” bill, in an attempt to bring the bill to the full Senate after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted the week before to study the bill this summer.

However, Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Franklin), the Republican majority leader, moved to table the motion and Speaker McNally then quickly called for a voice vote on the motion to table and ruled that the tabling motion had passed. In doing so, Speaker McNally and Republican Majority Leader Johnson denied Sen. Pody his “right to be heard after the motion to table is made and before said motion to table is put to vote,” as provided in Senate Rule 48.

So, as of now, the Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on August 13 and 14 to learn more about the bill.

Sen. Pody tweeted on April 23, “Thank you so much for the thoughts and prayers for The Heart Beat Bill. We will be working to save the lives of these babies in Summer Study.”

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