The final chapter has not yet played out on Senate Bill 236, which would allow the Wake County Board of Commissioners to take control of school construction away from the school board.
Supporters of the bill, such as the Republican commissioners, were blindsided by today's votes in the House Government Committee to both drop Wake from the bill and to reject the bill entirely. After the vote, they had a lengthy huddle with lobbyists and lawmakers.
It looks like they've found a more favorable committee to take the bill and bring it to the floor for a vote.
Theresa Kostrzewa, the lobbyist hired by the school board to oppose the bill, said that Rep. Tim Moore, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, told her he will take up the bill next week with Wake reintroduced as one of the counties affected.
The Rules Committee is a pretty powerful body so taking up the bill is within its power.
The Rules Committee has originally gotten the bill before referring it Monday to the Government Committee.