Very little happened last week at the capitol other than negotiations on education, meaning most of the about 450 remaining bills are still waiting on final action.
Neither the House nor Senate had long agendas all week as they either accepted amendments to bills from opposite houses or rejected them sending them to conference. Because more than 2,500 bills went dormant after not being heard before deadlines, some authors also are searching for vehicles for their policies meaning we could see some policy bills in budget committees or changes to bills in conference.
The fact that the House has scheduled budget committee meetings through next Saturday could indicate that they hope they are near a budget agreement. However, the Senate will need to schedule meetings as well. We will see what happens in the next week as they attempt to finish their work before Sine Die, May 26.
Here is an update on a few issues:
We will be hoping for a budget agreement soon so that we may be able to avoid a special session this summer!