January 21, 2018
The budget amendments requested by members were published this week; the ones we requested are posted as are a number which have been requested by our partners; there is not a great deal to do at the moment, but we will meet with Sub-committee members to answer questions or explain the intent.
One interesting twist this year is that many more bills introduced in the House are being sent to the Rules Committee (traditionally the place bills go to die!) and a number of bills which, while there would be a fiscal impact, also have a policy component are being sent directly to House Appropriations. Those decisions are made by the Speaker, and while we have no influence, we will watch with interest.
We gave an update on the Member’s Forum Call on Friday, so will not repeat here what was said.