State Budget Bill Going To Senate Floor
The Senate Finance Committee votes to send House Bill 1, the state budget for the fiscal year that starts in July, to the Senate floor for debate. Public Affairs Research Council president Robert Travis Scott says it appears the committee has undone much of the work done by the House.
Should the Senate pass the bill when it comes up for debate Friday, the legislation would then go to a conference committee to work out the differences between each chamber's version of the bill. Scott says a potential stumbling block is how revenue sources are defines--as either recurring or one-time. Lawmakers will have about a week to work an agreement on the budget bill before the end of the session. Scott says one unusual feature of this budget is the lack earmarks and pork projects that have loaded up past budgets.