With the excitement of the session nearing its end, the House and Senate kicked it into high gear and spent the week working late and moving bills through committee. Although, this rushed mentality comes as no surprise. This year, a record number of bills have been introduced and more are still being introduced. There are only eight working days of session left - including today.
Talk about needing to work overtime; some simple math would indicate that the worst is to come - over 350 bills still need action which means, unless the legislature can get through about 44 bills a day, the fate of many will be to die on the calendar.
In order to help speed through the process, the Senate has eliminated all committees except for: Finance, State Veterans and Military Affairs, and Appropriations starting on May 1. The House has already started holding hearings on the floor of the chamber in the well. Streamlining workflow doesn't give much insight as to how the state will handle some of the most pressing issues which still await solutions.
The bills to fix the state's pension plan, invest in higher education needs, aid in the battle against opioid addiction, and fund transportation needs are still working their way through the process. While the state must remain hopeful for resolution, with work condensed only time will tell.
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