With all 70 members now on the House floor, let’s do a little math.
There are 33 Republicans who likely would side with Nunez. That makes 34 votes.
Whoever wins this first of four questions the House could vote on today — whether to move HB 78 out of Consumer and Public Affairs to Judiciary Committee — needs 36 votes to win the motion.
There are 36 Democrats. Will two of them vote with Nunez, who is an independent, and the Republicans, giving that side a victory?
Will one Democrat bolt? If so, that would give each side 35 votes. A tie vote means the motion fails.