By ALLEN JAGGI
Rep. HD 19
As usual the budget runs at lightning speed with way more to do than we could ever get done in just 20 days.
During this budget session, Legislators only spent five days on a $3.3 billion general fund budget, the actual budget totaling around $8.7 billion including federal fund and “other” funds.
I personally moved for a few rule changes: 1. a requirement to spend 10 days in discussion of budget only items, so Legislators could better understand every facet of spending. 2. That each Legislator could only bring two bills (instead of the current five bills) during a budget session. 3. That each Legislator could only spend five minutes debating budget amendments. House leadership turned down all three of these ideas.
A total of 425 potential bills were drafted, with 306 turning into actual floor bills, in the end the house had 128 with 54 introduced. The Senate had 122 bills drafted with 101 turning into actual bills, of these 84 were introduced. There are just too many bills in a 20 day “budget” session.
The legislature also addressed education concerns with three bills introduced to stop or modify Common Core, but none of them advanced. The legislature failed to address the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s return to office, even though this session was on the heels of the recent Supreme Court decision that SF104 legislation to unseat the Superintendent was unconstitutional which was reaffirmed in their denial to rehear the case.
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