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Current Legislative Session
March 16, 2020
The House has already announced that all their scheduled hearings are cancelled until further notice.
The Senate still has hearings scheduled all week, but is hopefully expected to follow suit.
At his press conference Friday, the Governor listed a number of bills he wants passed for pandemic relief to employees, parents, and employers; it’s unclear when the Legislature may take those up. One House bill dealing with public health emergencies did make it through two committees last week.
March 9, 2020
The Legislature has now completed the 4th week of the legislative session, and has two weeks remaining until the first committee deadline.
Action of interest this past week:
The Governor is also expected to release his proposed supplemental budget/tax bill this week. The February budget forecast showed a $1.513B surplus, although much of that is considered one time money.
February 29, 2020
The Legislature just completed their third week of policy committee hearings for the session, and have another 3 weeks until the first committee deadline.
Very few of the tort reform bills on your tracking list are expected to be considered this session, with the partisan divide on this issue between the House Democrats and the Senate Republicans.
The House is expected to pass a number of bills expanding rights for employees, including family/pregnancy leave, sick leave, noncompete covenants prohibition, and several human rights law changes; the Senate is not expected to pass those bills.
The February forecast was released on Thursday and shows a $1.513B projected surplus for FY 2020-21, $181M larger than was forecast in November. The Governor is expected to release his supplemental budget/tax proposal in the next 10 days.
February 19, 2020
The second half of the 91st biennial session of the Legislature convened on Tuesday, February 11, and is required by law to adjourn no later than May 18th. This year’s session is commonly the short session, since the state budget is set during the first year of the biennium. The most recent budget forecast showed the show with a $1.3B budget surplus, most of that being one time money. Another budget forecast will be released on February 27th and will dictate what funds are available for new spending or tax relief for the session. The second year of the biennium is also when the Legislature commonly passes bonding legislation to help repair and replace state buildings, infrastructure, waste water treatment facilities, housing, and economic development projects.
If there is a spending bill, the courts are expected to request an additional $3M for court security, and $3.5M for a cybersecurity program. The trial courts will also be requesting an additional 7th District court judge unit.
The first policy committee deadline is only 4 weeks away on March 13th, and the second policy committee deadline is one week later on March 20th. The Legislature will be taking an Easter/Passover break from April 4-13.
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