Volume 25, Issue 16

Week 15 of the 66th Legislative Session has officially come to a close, with the Legislature departing from the Capitol yesterday afternoon for a short break. The Senate will reconvene Monday, April 22nd at 5 p.m., and the House will gavel-in Tuesday for their usual 1 p.m. floor session. (Committee meetings/bill hearings will resume on Tuesday at 9 a.m.)

With whispers of Sine Die just days away, the House is expected to vote on the Senate amendments to House Bill 2 (General Appropriations Act) before Friday. While we await the final vote and inevitable adjournment of the Session, we will be closely monitoring the main companion bill for HB 2, which is SB 352  (Generally revise laws related to the state budget), as we are working under the premise that there will be another effort to take local government dollars.

SB 352 is scheduled for Free Conference Committee (FCC) Wednesday, April 24th at 8 a.m. in room 317.   The FCC is comprised of three Senators (Senators Thomas, Chair, Osmundson, and Sesso) and three House members (Representatives Glimm, Ballance, and Lynch) who can freely amend the bill to include anything that would fall under the bill’s very broad title.  Public comment is not typical in these executive sessions, but we will still be there to watch for any diversion/looting of county funds and provide input if allowed.

Following the SB 352 session, the FCC on HB 715, (Generally revise laws related to state finance and provide for fiscal studies), will assemble.  This bill’s title is also quite broad, so we will remain in the room in the happenstance that the bill is amended to negatively impact local government (and provide public input if allowed).   The appointees for the committee are as follows:  Senators Osmundson, Chair, Smith, and Sesso; and Representatives Glimm, Jones, and Lynch.

If you haven’t done so already, please contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them reject any proposals that would take county dollars in any form.

To help keep you apprised of what’s happening on the hill, we will be to releasing a new issue of the MACo Legislative Update weekly.  This week’s issue features the session calendar, as well as the bill hearings scheduled thus far for April 22nd – 26th, and the schedule is highlighted with MACo’s priorities. Don’t forget to check out the bills section; we’ve listed MACo bills as well as bills we were watching—the MACo bills, as well as various other bills, include some additional information to better inform our readers.

For other pertinent information regarding the legislative session, check out the policy section of our website.

See you on the hill and in the halls!

(The Legislative Update is linked below.)