As we begin the last week of the 2011 legislative session, we are wrapping up both committee and chamber voting sessions on a portion of the 2,352 bills that have been introduced this session. Sine Die, meaning “without a day specified for a future meeting”, will be on Tuesday, April 12th at midnight. If a bill does not have final passage by April 12th at midnight, it will not be discussed again until next legislative session.
The House and Senate are still negotiating the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. The budget conference committee, which consists of members from both chambers, has been meeting regularly to figure out several last changes to this year’s budget.
There are still a significant number of bills to be debated and voted on in the last week of legislative session. The topics of these bills include:
- An increase in the sales tax on alcohol
- Medical Marijuana legislation
- The construction of off-shore wind farms
- In-state tuition for immigrants
- Changes to pension plans for state employees
As always, I welcome your comments on these and other very important issues. Please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts.