A bill to create a school finance commission to study the state's system of funding public schools became a "Christmas tree" for a variety of legislators' pet causes, with several amendments adding topics to the subjects that are to be studied by the commission. The bill passed on an initial vote of 142-2.

One of the amendments, offered by Rep. Bill Zedler, would have required the commission to study "the effect on school districts of deducting or withholding payment of dues, fees or contributions to a teacher union organization, teacher association, or professional teacher association." Legislators should be well aware by now that there is virtually no cost to districts for allowing employees to payroll deduction association dues, so the amendment had no place in a school finance study. Although the House had approved the other amendments that were presented, this one was rejected 49-78. See below for the official vote as recorded in the House Journal — note that an asterisk means that a legislator subsequently recorded a statement indicating a different vote in the House Journal.

Record vote on payroll deduction study amendment

Yeas — Anderson, C.; Anderson, R.; Biedermann; Bohac; Bonnen, D.; Burns; Burrows; Button; Cain; Craddick; Dale; Darby*; Faircloth; Fallon; Frank; Frullo*; Goldman; Hefner; Isaac; Keough; Klick; Koop*; Krause; Landgraf; Lang; Leach; Metcalf; Meyer; Miller; Murphy; Murr; Oliverson; Parker; Paul; Rinaldi; Roberts; Schaefer; Schofield; Schubert; Shaheen; Simmons; Smithee; Stickland; Swanson; Tinderholt; Wilson; Workman; Zedler; Zerwas.

Nays — Allen; Alonzo; Anchia; Arevalo; Bailes; Bernal; Blanco; Coleman; Collier; Cook; Cortez; Cosper; Davis, S.; Davis, Y.; Deshotel; Dutton; Flynn; Geren; Gervin-Hawkins; Giddings; Gonzales; Gonzalez; Gooden; Guerra; Guillen; Gutierrez; Hernandez; Herrero; Hinojosa; Holland; Howard; Huberty; Hunter; Kacal; King, K.; King, T.; Kuempel; Lambert; Larson; Longoria; Lozano; Martinez; Minjarez; Moody; Morrison; Munoz; Neave; Ortega; Paddie; Perez; Phelan; Phillips; Pickett; Price; Raney; Raymond; Reynolds; Rodriguez, E.; Rodriguez, J.; Romero; Rose; Sheffield; Shine; Springer; Stephenson; Stucky; Thierry; Thompson, E.; Thompson*, S.; Turner; Uresti; VanDeaver; Villalba; Vo; Walle; White; Wray; Wu.

Present, not voting — Mr. Speaker; Cyrier(C).

Absent, Excused — Burkett; Johnson, J.; Nevarez.

Absent — Alvarado*; Ashby*; Bell; Bonnen, G.; Canales; Capriglione*; Clardy*; Dean*; Dukes; Elkins; Farrar*; Israel; Johnson, E.; King, P.*; Laubenberg; Lucio; Oliveira; Sanford*.

STATEMENTS OF VOTE

When Record No. 167 was taken, I was in the house but away from my desk. I would have voted no. — Alvarado

When Record No. 167 was taken, I was in the house but away from my desk. I would have voted no. — Ashby

When Record No. 167 was taken, I was in the house but away from my desk. I would have voted yes. — Capriglione

When Record No. 167 was taken, I was in the house but away from my desk. I would have voted no. —​ Clardy

When Record No. 167 was taken, I was shown voting yes. I intended to vote no. — Darby

When Record No. 167 was taken, I was in the house but away from my desk. I would have voted no. — Dean

When Record No. 167 was taken, I was temporarily out of the house chamber. I would have voted no. — Farrar

When Record No. 167 was taken, I was shown voting yes. I intended to vote no. —​ Frullo

When Record No. 167 was taken, I was in the house but away from my desk. I would have voted yes. — P. King

When Record No. 167 was taken, I was shown voting yes. I intended to vote no. — Koop

When Record No. 167 was taken, I was in the house but away from my desk. I would have voted yes. — Sanford

When Record No. 167 was taken, I was shown voting no. I intended to vote yes. — E. Thompson