Friday marked the end of the last full week of committee meetings for the 2018 Legislative Session, and lawmakers appear confident that they will return to their districts following next Friday’s planned Sine Die finish of the 60-day lawmaking process.
Legislators began meeting in Senate and House budget conferences last Monday, shifting appropriations in their respective budgets to unify the Legislature’s spending plan.
As the week closed, funding discrepancies persisted between each chamber, but budget leaders Rep. Carlos Trujillo and Sen. Rob Bradley seem confident that conflicts will be ironed out—whether that be between them this weekend, or between Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, when issues are ‘bumped’ to the leaders on Sunday morning.
There are other factors that point to a timely end of Session. Both Corcoran and Negron have seen some of their major priorities supported across chambers. Looking ahead, lawmakers face a budget deadline of Tuesday before a 72-hour ‘cooling off period, allowing them to vote on the budget on Friday’s Sine Die, when the sergeants-at-arms of both chambers ceremonially drop white handkerchiefs to mark the precise moment of Session’s end.
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