19
Apr

Will It Take Extra Innings to Get the Work Done?

We’ve made it to the last week of session! But the big question on everyone’s mind is – will lawmakers end on time, or will it take an extra session to get the work done? As the days wane on it is becoming clear there remain several big-budget sticking points between the House and Senate. Many fear the April 28

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13
Apr

What to Expect in the Final Two Weeks

As we move into the second-to-last week of the 2019 regular legislative session, legislators are busy working to get bills off the House and Senate floors before the Wednesday cutoff deadline. Bills must be out of their opposite houses of origin by Wednesday, or they are dead for the session. There are always exceptions, notably if a bill if “necessary

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6
Apr

Budget Negotiations Begin – It’s Not Too Late to Weigh In

The third to last week of session brings with it the fiscal committee deadline; bills must be out of fiscal committees by Tuesday, April 9, otherwise, they are dead. Last week policy bills faced the same fate. As a result, most committees have wrapped up their work for the remainder of session and work now moves exclusively to the floors

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4
Apr

Looking Back, and Ahead – Budgets and Final Weeks

Last week brought with it both chambers unveiling their transportation, capital and operating budgets. Highlights of the transportation and capital budgets include: Senate Transportation Budget The Senate 2019-2021 Transportation Budget proposal includes total appropriations of $9.8 billion for the two-year fiscal period, up $408 million from the level adopted for the 2017-2019 biennium in the 2018 supplemental budget. Most of

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