Despite ardent efforts by freshman Sen. Blake Tillery (R-Vidalia) to add the more than 100 pages of HB 159 to his existing SB 130 and get the new bill to a vote, fellow GOP senators Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and William Ligon (R-Brunswick) were just as determined to stall it.
“The last time we amended our adoption code, the governor of our state was sitting in our body. It was 1990. I was 7,” Tillery said at the well when the bill was finally introduced after midnight Friday.
Ligon, who introduced the discriminatory language to HB 159 that many saw as anti-LGBT, appeared flustered he could not add such an amendment to SB 130 due to Senate rules related to the number of amendments allowed.
Unterman then made a motion to table the bill — which failed 31 to 22 — saying it “is a very emotional issue.”
“It needs a lot of work on it,” she said. “I think a motion to table is in order.”
As he did earlier this week and during a recent Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, Ligon held that the House had two years to work on HB 159’s language, whereas the Senate only had “a week and a half.” His motion to recommit SB 130, and effectively the clean, non-discriminatory version of adoption bill HB 159, passed just before 1 a.m.