Three weeks out from the second funnel deadline, both the House and Senate continued to work through bills on their calendars. Much of the focus was on floor work this week, with a fair amount of committee work peppered between debate blocks. In total, 60 bills were messaged between chambers (26 bills to the House from the Senate; 34 bills to the Senate from the House). By Friday, April 5, all House bills must be out of a Senate committee and Senate bills out of a House committee, except for Appropriations and Ways and Means bills. Additionally, the Senate must confirm all Gubernatorial appointees by April 15.
Appropriations Process Begins
This week brought us our first
glimpse of the tax and spend stretch of the legislative session. The
first appropriations bill (Post-Education Funding), Transportation,
Infrastructure & Capitals (SF600),
moved out of the Senate Appropriations Committee this week. This is
typically the first budget to move through the chambers and the least
controversial. At this time, there are no appropriations subcommittees
scheduled in either chamber for Week 11. This is subject to change, since
all budget subcommittees are on-call. We can expect budget activity to ramp
up after the second funnel.
Among the many bills that
passed both chambers, Private Generation Tariffs (SF583)
passed 28-19 on a generally partisan vote with Senators Green, Kapucian, and
Zaun voting against the bill, and Senator Lykam voting for it. SF583
deals with solar energy and how solar fixtures interrelate with electric
utilities. This bill has the potential to be a part of the work that is
completed at the end of session as both chambers work towards
This Tuesday, Eric Giddens (D) won the special election in
Senate District 30 necessitated by the resignation of then Senator Jeff
Danielson (D). Giddens defeated former Republican Representative Walt
Rogers by an impressive 2,000 vote margin. This will restore the margin
in the Senate to 32-18 as soon as Giddens is officially sworn in next week
after the final canvas of the votes in the election.
Bills Sent to Governor
Through the end of session, we will provide a summary of the bills that have been sent to the Governor, when she signed, and the effective date for each.
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