In two hours the House has managed to debate and perfect six bills that they will then vote on this afternoon. No strong opposition was seen to any of the bills except Representative Ryan Silvey’s bill to authorize the use of the state’s budget reserve, or the Rainy Day Fund, for disaster relief. Representative Sarah Lampe attempted to amend that bill by adding a three year cigarette tax, but it was thrown out because it was too far outside of the scope of the bill.
The House fiscal review committee will hear all the bills with a fiscal note, and then debate will resume sometime shortly after 1 pm.
House leadership says there’s no reason to stay any later than they have to today, and no reason to come back on Monday.