Here it is: day 62. As I mentioned last week, we are moving along. There are 32 House bills left in the Senate to be heard on the Senate floor. Conference committees have been meeting and are hammering out the differences. Currently, there are about 50 different conference committees working. Some go quickly, and others take a number of meetings.
Yesterday, the House passed the medical marijuana bill. The House added some 40 amendments that looked to improve the bill. As of this writing, I am not sure if the Senate will agree to all of the changes, but it is very likely that we will.
The funding of social services continues to be worked on in the House. The bill would provide for the state to pay for social services costs in our counties. This issue has been worked on for a number of years and would require the counties to give up their ability to mill for social services. Many of us believe this would be true property tax relief. This would be funded by the 12% property tax buy-down that is currently in place. We will see what happens in the next couple of days.
As I mentioned last week, there are new amendments proposed one day and could very well be rejected the next. What I mean to say is: You can hear about an amendment one day, and it might be gone the next day.
Sen. Jerry Klein