Last Week at the State Capitol: What Lawmakers Did in Closing Days Before Veto Period

From the Legislative Research Commission

The biggest issue of the General Assembly’s 2021 session advanced last week as the Senate and House approved a budget to guide spending in the upcoming fiscal year.

The recent work on a one-year budget was unusual because lawmakers normally craft budgets that cover two-year cycles. But with the pandemic spreading at the time budget negotiations were occurring last year, lawmakers decided to limit themselves to making a one-year spending plan at that time so that they could return this year and handle next year’s budget. The thinking was that the economic uncertainty caused by

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