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Legislature reaches fiscal committee cutoff

February 24, 2017

The Legislature reached its second cutoff of the 2017 session today, with bills in fiscal committees need to be voted out in order to continue in the legislative process. Committees on Appropriations, Capital Budget, Finance, Ways & Means and Transportation held marathon hearings this week to move through full agendas and vote on bills before today's cutoff. >>

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College system-requested bills passed, others up for hearings as policy committees reach cutoff

February 17, 2017

Today marks the first cutoff of the 2017 session: bills in policy committees must be approved by that committee in order to continue on in the legislative process. The House version of the leasehold excise tax exemption bill was up for a hearing while the House version of the corrections education bill was heard before the House Appropriations Committee. >>

Senate recognizes VanAusdle, budget negotiations continue

March 04, 2016

House and Senate members spent much of their week on the floor, debating and voting on bills before today’s opposite chamber cutoff deadline. Bills that originated in the opposite chamber must be voted out of the opposing chamber by 5 p.m. Fiscal committees also continued their work, hearing and voting on bills related to the budget, as writers continued negotiations on the supplemental capital and operating budgets. >>

Committees again at work, hearing bills from opposite chamber

February 21, 2016

Wednesday (Feb. 17) marked the cutoff date for bills to pass out of their chamber of origin. House committees got back to work Thursday, holding testimony on bills from the opposite chamber. On the budget front, the Office of Financial Management on Wednesday released its revenue forecast which will inform budget writers as they develop the state’s supplemental budget. >>

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