The Senate went into session at 10AM and after some procedural votes we started working on a very ambitious 25 bill Special Order Calendar. We were able to debate and pass a total of 6 of those bills before the body decided to adjourn for the week.
And for a budget update, on this the 22nd Legislative day, the House finally voted the General Fund Budget out of committee – via a voice vote meaning there is no record of how committee members voted. Nonetheless, that General Fund Budget should come to a full vote of the House on Tuesday of next week. The soonest the Senate would see the budget, assuming it passes the House on Tuesday, will be when it gets a first reading in the Senate on Tuesday – the 23rd Legislative Day. At that point the General Fund Budget could be debated in the Senate Committee on Wednesday. No doubt there is still much work to be done as the Governor has already announced that he would veto the budget passed by the House Committee today.
I’m looking forward to a few events across District 2 this weekend including speaking at the annual members meeting of the Semper Fi Community Task Force and running a 5K at Blue Springs Elementary School. The highlight of the weekend though will be seeing our youngest daughter graduate High School. Congratulations to all of the graduating seniors and to their families for this great accomplishment. They sure grow up fast!
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