Legislation big and small in peril

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A work slowdown by House Democrats was meant to stop a voter identification law in the Legislature.

But other bills being held up deal with hurricane insurance, local road projects, solar energy incentives and even trans fats in restaurant foods.

Endangered legislation could find new life under shrewd parliamentary maneuvers before lawmakers adjourn next week. Or they could proceed if Republicans withdraw the voter ID bill and Democrats stop their bill blockade.

But it appeared yesterday that a number of bills were close to death. The legislative session ends June 1.

The Republican-pushed voter ID bill would require voters to show photo identification or two forms of non-photo alternative ID before casting a ballot. Republicans say they want to prevent voter fraud. Democrats deny that's a problem and say it would keep people from voting and suppress turnout.