Another special session is coming to a rapid close… June 21st is the last day of the second special session, and it is expected that the Governor will call a third special session right away.
The eagerly-anticipated revenue forecast will be released on the 20th, and while most speculate it will be fairly flat, it could have some impact on the budget discussions. A more significant driver, however, is the impending government shutdown that would begin on July 1st if a budget hasn’t passed. The Governor’s Office has developed a list of potential repercussions of a shutdown; however, this is just a partial list.
While some indicate that budget discussions are progressing, others say that nothing is happening. Hard to know, eh?! The House may be coming in on the 21st, but at this point, that is not definitive! And the Senate, which came in on June 14th, will be back in session on the 22nd. Once again, here’s hoping they are able to reach agreement on a budget, pass key bills such as HB 1661 (the bill establishing the Department of Children, Youth, and Families), avoid a government shutdown, and truly begin the interim!
While the Senate passed a few bills the other day, we will not be updating the Bill Tracker this week…
Public Policy Director