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Legislature adjourns

from Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Government Relations Consultant

The Legislature adjourned Thursday evening and will return April 29 for its Veto Session. The week was primarily focused on conference committees meeting to work out bill differences and to, then, passing those bills in both chambers.

This year the ending week was markedly different than previous years, because the House decided not to debate bills on the House floor – not even the “mega” budget. The Senate passed a budget and put it into HB 2135, making it eligible for a conference committee with House Appropriations Committee representatives. The House, then, negotiated from positions passed in committee action, rather than a budget passed by the full House. The conference committee reached a tentative agreement, but both chambers chose to hold further action on a budget bill until the Veto Session. more

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