The House in early May passed a $7.7 billion general appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2021. The governor first vetoed three of the appropriations bills that supported the budget. When those bills got overridden with votes in the House of 97-3, 95-5 and 94-4, he vetoed the entire budget. In what was perhaps the fastest veto override in state history, the House overrode his veto within hours of it being filed. The budget is now law.
Lifestyle & Opinions
The Legislature reconvened this week after a long month off due to COVID-19.
For the past couple of weeks, Senate Committees have been meeting virtually to work through executive nominations—these are appointments by the governor to various posts in state agencies and on boards and commissions. These nominations must be approved first in committee and then by the full Senate.
National media stories about meat shortages in the U.S. have been troublesome to say the very least.
On Monday, May 4, members of the House and Senate returned to the Capitol to resume floor work on the 2020 legislative session. We still have a number of policy bills to address, executive nominations to complete, and we must finalize the 2021 fiscal budget, which will begin on July 1, 2020.