The motion prevailed by the following vote: Yeas 20, Nays 10.You'll rarely find a more thoroughly bipartisan split than that on a vote in the Texas Senate - both among aye and nay votes (under the 2/3 rule, that's one shy of having enough votes to block the bill). What's more, the motive of those conservatives voting with the "Nays" appears to be fundamentally civil libertarian. According to the Montgomery County Courier:
Yeas: Averitt, Carona, Davis, Duncan, Ellis (D), Fraser, Harris, Huffman, Lucio (D), Nelson, Nichols, Patrick, Seliger, Shapiro, Shapleigh (D), Van de Putte (D), Watson (D), Wentworth, West (D), Zaffirini (D).
Nays: Eltife, Estes, Gallegos (D), Hegar, Hinojosa (D), Jackson, Ogden, Uresti (D), Whitmire (D), Williams.
Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, an advocate of DWI laws, voted against Senate Bill 298.Rep. Rob Eissler predicted the legislation would "have a rougher time" in the House, where it's been assigned to the Public Safety Committee. That may be true; I have no way to predict. But I'll betcha it's also true that votes in the lower chamber don't break around party lines on this bill any more than was the case in the Senate, though perhaps the pro-personal liberties faction will be a little more robust.
“I do not believe that we live in a country where we should have police pulling over people who are law-abiding citizens with no probable cause,” Williams said Friday. “This is one of those civil liberties issues.”
See a related editorial from the Brazosport Facts.