LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, April 18 2021

Betcha The Legislature reconvenes on Tuesday, Day 63 of this 90-day session. The $9.7 billion biennial budget is scheduled for Final Reading after advancing from Select File last Friday. And yes, the kids were active and noisy. When the Appropriations Committee...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, April 11 2021

Budget Advances The Legislature’s proposed 2-year $9.7 billion budget advanced to Select File last Friday. The Unicameral Update Page does an excellent job in summary. General File Floor debate can be like watching a mother goose protect her goslings. Picture...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, April 4, 2021

Follow the Money The Appropriations Committee delivered their $1.526 billion-ish FY2021-22 / FY2022-23 biennial budget proposal to senators last Thursday. According to Speaker Hilgers, General File budget debate begins Thursday. If you remember nothing else about this...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, March 28, 2021

Consent Tomorrow is Day 51 of this 90-day legislative session. It is also the first time this year we’ve seen Consent Calendar. The process is not unlike the Password Lightning Round. First, the Speaker identifies “non-controversial” bills that...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, March 21, 2021

Piles of Money The Appropriations Committee sent their $9.7 billion biennial budget to the printer. That means floor debate will soon turn to the distribution of piles-o-money over the next two fiscal years. K-12 education stands at the head of that line. Their $2.65...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, March 14, 2021

Bills, Bills, Bills Wednesday will mark the 45th legislative day of this COVID molested 90-day session. Public hearings for new legislation concluded Friday, and all-day floor debate begins tomorrow. Senator Priority Bills (1 each) and Committee Priority Bills (2...