Lawmakers backpedal on pension bill, send it back to committee
Mar 10 2018 by Michele Stevens
"We thank the lawmakers who voted today to move New Hampshire one step closer toward passing these crucially important protections into law", said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. Bill Landen, R-Casper. "It's been a long and arduous process".
There's about $700 million remaining in the fund.
He said that section of the Wyoming Constitution states that "no bill shall alter the original intent of the original subject of the bill".
The House and Senate will need to reconcile their separate versions of the Budget Bill before it is passed into law.
Florida legislators are failing yet again to reach an agreement on a comprehensive gambling bill. He explained that, rather than be introduced, representatives had folded the bill into HB 140.
Landen said the budget deal essentially hinged on education funding.
"You can't depend on that savings", Robbins said.
Senate appropriations chair Bruce Burns told his colleagues Thursday morning that the budget deal "split the baby". The Senate had taken that funding out of its budget proposal, but the House budget included it, and the project was accepted into the compromise plan.
Not everyone seemed to think that was a wise strategy. Rep. George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale, cast the only dissenting vote.
He said he didn't understand the wisdom of doing it one way in 2019 and another way in 2020.
"Yeah, that's frustrating", he said.
The bill that looked most likely to get out of the Legislature first was S.221, which allows authorities to obtain an on-the-spot warrant to seize guns from individuals deemed to pose an imminent threat to themselves or others. The House killed the Senate bill, and the Senate stripped the House bill of its revenue provisions.
Republicans say there will be no cuts to Medicaid, at least not until late in the budget year. The bill now heads to the Senate. "People above my pay grade are going to negotiate that".
Lawmakers have a little more than two weeks to pass a bill before Gov. Matt Bevin's designated "veto period". The Senate voted to support the amendment. President Eli Bebout and Majority Leader Drew Perkins both spoke in favor of it. "We are so grateful to the bipartisan coalition of New Hampshire House members who voted to champion opportunity for all, and we urge the Senate to send HB 1319 to Governor Sununu's desk", said Freedom New Hampshire Campaign Manager Linds Jakows. As he often does, Stivers said the "process" will continue and he believes the bill will ultimately pass in some form.
Asked if he'd consider vetoing that item, Scott only said: "I'm going to make all these decisions after I read the bill, after I talk to parents".