The Senate went into session at 10AM and after some procedural matters began work on an 11 bill Special Order Calendar. The House passed the Prison Reform Bill but only after have the 100 pages plus bill read at length; a tactic used by members to further delay the work before the body.
I was engaged in a lengthy debate in the Senate regarding one of my bills, SB256 which would require organizations that have been legislatively granted an exemption for state, county and local sales and use taxes to annually file a report with the State Dept. of Revenue. The intent of this legislation is to determine the amount of exemptions that have been granted. My research shows that some exemptions have been granted over 40 years ago. I describe this bill as a way to determine just how big the iceberg is. As I work to prevent tax increases I think it is only sensible that we determine the magnitude of tax exemptions that have been granted as we are truly all in this together. The bill had some opposition – for some reason a few Senators (including republicans!) are afraid to look under the waterline to determine the size of the iceberg....just how big are the exemptions? The bill was carried over at the call of the chair and we will continue our work on the bill.
The Senate adjourned a little after 6PM and will reconvene on Tuesday at 2PM.
This weekend I plan to enjoy time with my family and I hope everyone remembers Sunday is Mother’s Day!
Semper Fi - Bill