The Senate President proclaimed last week that the close of session was imminent, as he announced committees would be going to a required one-hour notice before meetings are held. However, this week, the Senate President noted that session was now two weeks behind, indicating that the close of session may not come until July.
Regardless of the chaos surrounding the end date of session, many high priority items are left on the table, including a transportation package, gun issues, gain share, budget rebalance, rural provider incentives, pesticides, the revenue package and marijuana regulations. Additionally, the corporate income tax discussion has been dormant for most of session, but all signs are pointing toward a large scale effort to raise taxes before the legislature adjourns. Even with much left to be finalized, we have already seen Republicans attempt to revive dead bills by making procedural motions to pull bills from committee back to the floor. The motions consistently fail, but they offer a chance for the minority party to get Democrats on the record on key issues in advance of the next election.
Stay tuned for the following weeks of session, as they are set to be some of the juiciest weeks of legislative action all year.