Posted: Feb 12, 2013 8:16 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
Six Republican Representatives swapped their vote on Tuesday and killed a bill creating public charter schools in Montana.
On Monday, House Bill 315 passed second reading with 56 yes votes. Then on Tuesday, the bill only garnered 49 votes.
A handful of Republicans told the Montana Television Network that local school officials and the teachers union were putting a lot of pressure on the Republican caucus to switch their votes.
One ranking Democrat told us supporters of public charter schools will likely make a motion to reconsider and force lawmakers to vote on the bill one more time.
These are the lawmakers who switched their vote from yes to no:
Rep. Liz Bangerter (R - Helena)
Rep. Tom Berry (R - Roundup)
Rep. Christy Clark (R - Choteau)
Rep. Pat Connell (R - Hamilton)
Rep. Roger Hagen (R - Great Falls)
Rep. Jeff Welborn (R - Dillon)
Rep. Wendy Warburton (R - Havre) voted yes on second reading and was excused and didn't cast a vote on third reading.