Would the House really need to vote again on health care?

May 19 11:08 2017

The Alaska Legislature is scheduled to end its session Wednesday, under a deadline set by the Alaska Constitution.

They also noted that the Kansas State Board of Education recommended raising base per-pupil aid to $4,604 next year and to $5,090 in the 2019-2020 school year, a plan that would cost an estimated $825 million over the two years.

“There are a lot of folks wanting one before the other”.

The trouble is that Republicans voted on their House bill without waiting for the Congressional Budget Office, the federal agency that evaluates legislation, to finish its projections, which are expected next week.

There really has to be some brainstorming, Baumgardner said.

Republicans had rushed to vote on the health bill so the Senate could get a quick start on it, even before the CBO had finished analyzing a series of last-minute changes.

The bill had been introduced at least two times during the regular legislative sessions in the past and was passed by the Senate, but ended up rejected by the House of Delegates, said Sen.

Katz sponsored a similar bill in 2015.

“What’s happening is that Senate leadership has hijacked what should be budget discussions, and turned it into their attempt at tax reform on the backs of working West Virginians”, said Delegate Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio. “What we have got that may not be flawless but what it does is, it balances the budget”.

However, Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said if the House passes its revenue bill, he anticipates the issue ending up in a conference committee. The Senate Finance Committee is now drafting several different versions of a health care bill, with the goal of having a menu for moderate and conservative senators to chew over and decide where they might be able to compromise.

By afternoon the pace slowed considerably.

Also Thursday, the House passed the governor’s bill that would allow the furlough of state employees in the event of a partial government shutdown if a budget is not enacted by July 1 (House Bill 106). The court gave lawmakers until June 30 to write a new school funding law.

The bill now seems to have support from both Democrats and Republicans in the House.

The state general fund can not handle the stress of K-12 funding, particularly in years when there is a dip in the economy, Denning said. Residential customers would pay $2.25 per month on each bill and commercial customers $10 a month. “And as we hear it today, everybody has a reason that they should keep their exemption”, Williams said.

Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley says the surcharge idea is a non-starter with his members.

“I just don’t think many in the House know what is in the bill”, she said.

But Eagle River Republican Sen. The measure was sent to the Senate on a vote of 78-42.

The House legislation would be a financial blow to companies engaged in debt collection, vehicle towing, detective work, security guarding and systems, mini-warehouse and self-storage, pet care and nonresidential cleaning.

After the committee meeting, Denning spoke to the history of utility taxes, citing a time period when former Gov. John Carlin removed sales taxes from utilities.

The Wichita Eagle reported lawmakers had amended the measure, House Bill 2278, to allow concealed carry permit holders to carry firearms into hospitals and prohibit psychiatric patients from possessing them.

Kansas legislative leaders must satisfy members in disparate but almost equal groups who want to set a school-funding target before voting on tax increases

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