Budget Update

The state budget bill is scheduled to begin its trajectory through the General Assembly with a subject matter hearing in a Senate appropriation committee this morning. Following the committee hearing, the budget bill will make its way to the Senate Floor for a final vote. If passed, the bill will then be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

According to House Rule 38, the budget bill will need to be read into the official record on 3 different days before the House can finally address it for a final vote. If the bill passes from the Senate to the House as expected, today would be counted as day 1. Following the 1st reading, the bill will be sent to the House Rules committee, which will then assign it to a standing committee for a hearing.

Friday, would be the next day the bill could be read into the record, for its 2nd reading.

If Rule 38 is followed, the budget bill could be read into the record for the 3rd day allowing the House of Representatives to take a final vote as early as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.