First Quarter

First Quarter

We’re about a quarter of the way through the legislative session at this point. Out of the 1,987 House bills and joint resolutions filed this session, only 503 – about a quarter – made it out of committee.

We have until March 11 to vote on those in the House or they languish until next year. After that deadline, we’ll restart the committee process to begin hearing Senate bills. Then we’ll vote on those on the House floor. At the same time, the Senate will consider House bills.

House budget leaders also are in the process of finalizing the state budget. The State Board of Equalization approved a constitutional limit on appropriations of $7.9 billion. A total of $9.6 billion in revenue actually was certified, but that includes $1.7 billion in one-time cash and nonrecurring revenue. In comparison, the Legislature appropriated $7.8 billion for Fiscal Year 2021, so we’re in good shape this year. This budget will allow us to shore up state services such as transportation, education, public safety and health care. We also intend to save some money like the Legislature did last year. That prudence resulted in our good budget picture now.

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