A House Committee passed a series of comprehensive cartel reforms on Thursday after around 23 hours of debate.
While the advancement of the six technology-oriented bills that will be dealt with by the House Judiciary Committee starting Wednesday is a victory for the bipartisan members who brought them in, the impact created rifts within the parties that will ultimately increase the chances of the bills being passed could affect.
Several lawmakers made it clear that they felt the process from rollout to markup in less than two weeks felt rushed despite a lengthy pre-legislative investigation. Some said they were hoping for more changes before the legislation reaches the House.
Still, the final leg of the debate offered some signs of optimism to those hoping to push the bills further. Fresh from a hiatus after the fifth law was passed after 5 a.m. on Thursday, lawmakers returned to the committee room at around 11:30 a.m. to discuss the Ending Platform Monopoles Act
The bill – sponsored by the Antitrust Committee