With only one week remaining until the First Adjournment of the Legislature, business has picked up significantly the last few weeks. Next Friday, April 3rd, is the last day of the regular session, also known as “Drop Dead Day” around the statehouse. Following recess, the Legislature will reconvene on April 27th, for the start of the Veto Session. The House and Senate will reach day 90, the final of this Legislative Session, on Thursday, May 12th. Hours have gotten longer, especially in the last week, as the Senate was routinely working past 7:00 P.M. There was a number of important bills debated, and 44 pieces of legislation passed through the Senate chamber.
There have been several important bills that have been debated on the Senate floor the last few weeks. A few that stand out include the education “block grant” bill, which was passed a few weeks back, and subsequently signed into law on this past Wednesday. The bill provides block grants of funding to school districts, so that a new school finance formula can be developed. In addition to this, the state’s budget was also passed by the Senate on Wednesday, by a vote of 26 to 13. This matter will be taken up by the House on this upcoming Monday. However, additional revenues and other specific financial matters for the budget will not be discussed until veto session.
Next week of session will mainly reserved for conference committees meetings. Each respective conference committee has three members of the House and Senate together, where they represent their respective chambers position on particular pieces of legislation. If a committee agrees on a bill, then it goes to the respective chamber for a floor vote.
I would like to thank everyone again for their continued support of me throughout the election process and throughout the Legislative session. I certainly appreciate all you continue to do for me. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.