House & Senate Appropriations Committees Begin Work on Seventh Special Session Bills **UPDATED**

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Seventh Special Session Update: Budget Bills Signed by Governor Brewer March 18, 2010
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On Thursday, March 18, Governor Brewer signed twelve of the fifteen bills as passed by the Arizona Legislature in the seventh special session.  Two of the pieces of legislation were transmitted to the Secretary of State, where they will be referred to the voters in November.   Both require voter approval before legislation is enacted.  The first is HCR 2001 (as transmitted to the Secretary of State), which will ask voters to remove restrictions over the 80-cent tobacco tax collected for First Things First, an early childhood development and education program.  The second is HCR 2001, which upon voter approval would transfer approximately $125 million from the Land Conservation fund to the state’s general fund.
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The third bill, HB 2013 – the repeal of an accounting tax-credit for small businesses – died in the Senate due to failure to find the two-thirds majority needed to pass the revenue increase, as is required by the Arizona Constitution.
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With the 2011 budget packaged signed, Governor Brewer is shifting her focus on to the passage of Proposition 100 – the temporary 1% sales tax increase.

“It is my sincere belief that voters will approve this critically important temporary revenue bridge to protect the remaining core funding left to educate our children, to provide public safety for our families, and to care for the most extremely vulnerable among us,” Brewer said. (Arizona Republic, March 18, 2010)

Governor signs Arizona budget-balancing bills ~ Arizona Republic, Casey Newton, 3/18/2010
Governor OKs budget bills ~ Yuma Sun, 3/18/2010


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Seventh Special Session Updated News Links for March 12, 2010
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Thursday, March 11, lawmakers in both the House and the Senate resumed voting on the 15-bill budget.  Floor amendments were introduced in the House by Speaker Kirk Adams and in the Senate by Senate President Bob Burns, one of which avoids closure of the state’s Department of Juvenile Corrections for at least a year.
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While the House completed voting, the Senate stopped short of two bills: SB 1013, which is the repeal of an accounting tax-credit available to small businesses; and SCR 1001, which would refer to the voters the repeal of First Things First.  Funding for First Things First, an early childhood development program, comes by way of an 80-cent tobacco tax that was approved by Arizona voters in 2006.  Senate approval of SCR 1001 would be the final step in re-referring the initiative to Arizona voters, asking them to repeal the program.  The 80-cent tax would still be collected, but the restrictions on spending said funds would be removed and likely appropriated elsewhere.
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While the Senate completes work on the two remaining bills, the House will resume regular session work on Monday, March 15.  
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AZ Senate President Bob Burns on AZ Illustrated Discusses Special Session/Budget on “Friday Roundtable” ~ Arizona Public Media, aired 3/12/2010
Arizona budget passes; cuts total $1.1 billion ~ Arizona Republic, Mary Jo Pitzl, 3/12/2010
Senate says no to joining workers in pay cut ~ Arizona Daily Stat, Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, 3/12/2010
What if voters reject the Prop 100 sales tax?~ Arizona Daily Star, Becky Pallack, 3/11/2010
Lawmakers want to dip into tobacco-tax stream ~ Arizona Daily Star, Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, 3/10/2010
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Seventh Special Session Updated March 10, 2010

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Tuesday was a long day, as both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees meetings worked through fifteen budget bills meant to balance the state’s budget.  The House finished voting around 5 p.m., and the Senate finished sometime after 7 p.m. Tuesday evening. 
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Both the House and the Senate were scheduled to convene on the floor at 1:30 p.m. today.  Issues over the elimination of the Department of Juvenile Corrections (HB 2006 / SB 1006; see below) caused a delay and neither chamber held a vote.  After a nearly four hour delay, both chambers adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, March 11. 
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Related News
Arizona Public Media Spotlight: Special Session Update ~ Christopher Conover, Arizona Public Media, 3/10/10 (with audio playback)
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On Friday, March 5, Governor Brewer called the Legislature into a seventh special session to begin work on two budgets.  The first budget assumes the passage of Proposition 100, a 1% temporary sales tax which would generate $1 billion in revenue to close the budget deficit.  The second budget assumes the failure of Proposition 100 and will contain drastic cuts to close the budget deficit.  

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Bills were posted late Monday afternoon and assigned to the Senate Appropriations Committee and the House Appropriations Committee.  Hearings begin Tuesday, March 9 at 9:30 am in both committees.
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What can we expect for public education during this special session?  

We expect the first budget to closely resemble Governor Brewer’s budget proposal:  

  • Elimination of funding for “non-formula” K-12 programs, including Gifted Support, Teacher Training, Adult Education and GED, the Early Education Block Grant, etc.
  • The elimination of the ‘full day Kindergarten’ funding rate ($218 million)
  • Reduced funding for charter schools ($10 million)
  • Reduction of FY2011 per pupil support to FY2005-06 funding levels.
  • No funding for building renewal and only $5 million for building renewal grant funds for the “most critical projects” state-wide.
  • Support for Community Colleges and Universities at FY 2006 levels. Per pupil support would drop for universities from $9,480 to $7,100 per student.
  • Continue to rollover payments to K-12 and universities – total rollovers at the end of FY201 = $1.3 billion

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The big difference so far seems to be the inclusion of a major bed increase for prisons.  The budget proposal now includes appropriation of $98 million from the state’s general fund to cover the purchase of 6,000 new prison beds; 2,000 private prisons beds at approximately $20,000 each for a total of $40 million and 4,000 new state prisons beds at approximately $14,500 each for a total of $58 million. Note that the private prison bed price is $5,500 more per bed than the state prison price per bed and “beds” likely refers to construction or expansion to allow for increase in prison population.
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Related News Articles:
All-day kindergarten on chopping block ~ KTAR.com, Associated Press, 3/8/2010
Debt to feds may be high if voters reject tax hike ~ The Sierra Vista Herald, Howard Fischer, 3/9/2010
Plan for state budget counts on steep cuts~ Arizona Republic, Mary Jo Pitzl, 3/9/2010
Education cuts are certain if proposed tax is rejected ~ AZ Daily Star, Howard Fischer, 3/9/2010
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House & Senate Committee & Floor Videos:
House Committee on Appropriations, 3/9/2010: Running time approximately 6 hrs.
House Committee of the Whole – Pt. 1, 3/11/2010: Running time approximately 1 hr 44 min
House Committee of the Whole – Pt. 2, 3/11/2010: Running time approximately 2 hr 35 min
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Senate Committee on Appropriations – Pt. 1, 3/9/2010: Running time approximately 4 hrs
Senate Committee on Appropriations – Pt. 2, 3/9/2010: Running time approximately 1 hr 25 min
Senate Committe of the Whole – 3/11/2010: Running time approximately 3 hr 36 min
Senate Third Reading of Bills, 3/11/2010: Running time approximately 1 hr 52 min
Senate Third Reading of bills: Part 1 (14 min) and Part 2 (25 min)
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Seventh Special Session Bills
Below you will find a list of each of the bills being heard in both the Senate and the House. Bills related to public education will be in bold. For now, bill information is limited to number(s) and title. 


Note: Bills are listed in the order they appeared on both the House & Senate committee agendas. Awaiting vote details on Senate Appropriations Committee to be posted. Final details will be added/updated as information becomes available.

Point of fair representation: Due to length of both of today’s committee hearings, some members appear as “AB” or “Absent” on one bill and as an “N” or “Y” vote later. This is due to the chairmen of both committees agreeing to run without breaks and/or a lunch. Members stepped out and returned later.

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HB 2001 / SB 1001: General Appropriations 2009-2010; 2010-2011
(Cuts to AHCCCS, public education, with contingency budget with further cuts to these programs in the event Prop 100 is not passed by the voters.)
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Passed House Appropriations: 8 – 5
House Appropriations vote detail here.
Passed the House: 34 – 25
Vote detail here.

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Passed Senate Appropriations: 6 – 2, 1 “Not Voting”
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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HB 2001 Substituted for SB 1001 in the Senate

Passed the Senate: 16 – 13, 1 “Not Voting”.
Vote detail here.
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Transmitted to Governor Brewer March 15, 2010
Signed by Governor Brewer March 18, 2010


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HB 2002 / SB 1002: Capital Outlay Appropriations; 2010-2011
Maintenance and repair of state buildings and capital projects in Fiscal Year 2010-2011 and makes revision to previously approved projects.
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Passed House Appropriations: 7 – 3, 3 “Absent”
House Appropriations vote detail here.
Passed the House: 34 – 25
Vote detail here.
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Passed Senate Appropriations: 6 – 0, 3 “Not Voting”
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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HB 2002 Substituted for SB 1002 in the Senate
Passed the Senate: 17 – 12, 1 “Not Voting”
Vote detail here.
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Transmitted to Governor Brewer March 15, 2010
Signed by Governor Brewer March 18, 2010

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HB 2003 / SB 1003: Budget Procedures; Budget Reconciliation; 2010-2011
Government employee salary reductions.
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Passed House Appropriations: 8 – 5
House Appropriations vote detail here.
Passed the House: 34 – 25
Vote detail here.
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Passed Senate Appropriations: 6 – 2, 1 “Not Voting”
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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HB 2003 Substituted for SB 1003 in the Senate
Passed the Senate: 17 – 12, 1 “Not Voting”
Vote detail here.
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Transmitted to Governor Brewer March 15, 2010
Signed by Governor Brewer March 18, 2010

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HB 2004 SB 1004: Regulation; Budget Reconciliation; 2010-2011
Department of Fire Safety, Building and Life Safety
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Passed House Appropriations: 7 – 5, 1 “Absent”
House Appropriations vote detail here.
Passed the House: 34 – 25
Vote detail here.
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Passed Senate Appropriations: 8 – 0, 1 “Not Voting”
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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HB 2004 Substituted for SB 1004
Passed Senate: 17 – 12, 1 “Not Voting”
Vote detail here.
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Transmitted to Governor Brewer March 15, 2010
Signed by Governor Brewer March 18, 2010

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HB 2005 / SB 1005: General Government; Budget Reconciliation; 2010-2011
Eliminates $27.5 million from the 21st Century Fund, which brings high-tech jobs to Arizona.
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Passed House Appropriations: 8 – 4, 1 “Absent”
House Appropriations vote detail here.
Passed the House: 34 – 25
Vote detail here.
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Passed Senate Appropriations: 6 – 2, 1 “Not Voting”
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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HB 2005 Substituted for SB 1005
Passed the Senate: 17 – 12, 1 “Not Voting”
Vote detail here.
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Transmitted to Governor Brewer March 15, 2010
Signed by Governor Brewer March 18, 2010

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HB 2006  / SB 1006: Criminal Justice; Budget Reconciliation; 2010-2011
Funding cuts for Department of Juvenile Corrections, transfers cost to counties; Eliminates funding for monitoring of sexual predators.
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Passes House Appropriations: 8 – 5
House Appropriations vote detail here.
Passed House: 33 – 26 as amended
Vote detail here.
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Passed Senate Appropriations: 6 – 3
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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HB 2006 Substituted for SB 1006
Passed Senate: 17 – 12, 1 “Not Voting” as amended — see above
Vote detail here.
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Transmitted to Governor Brewer March 15, 2010
Signed by Governor Brewer March 18, 2010

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HB 2007 / SB 1007: Environment; Budget Reconciliation; 2010-2011
Changes in to law to enact Fiscal Year 2010-2011 budget for the environment and natural resources of Arizona.
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Passes House Appropriations: 8 – 5
House Appropriations vote detail here.
Passed House: 34 – 25, as amended
Vote detail here.
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Passed Senate Appropriations: 6 – 3
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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HB 2007 Substituted for SB 1007
Passed Senate: 17 – 12, 1 “Not Voting” as amended — see above
Vote detail here.
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Transmitted to Governor Brewer March 15, 2010
Signed by Governor Brewer March 18, 2010

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HB 2008 / SB 1008: K-12 Education; Budget Reconciliation; 2010-2011
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HB 2008 and SB 1008 addresses 2010-2011 education budget WITH the passage of Proposition 100:

  • 1.2% inflation factor only applied to the transportation support level (TSL) rather than across the board as required by Prop. 301
  • Repeals full-day kindergarten; allows a district to charge tuition
  • $165 million cut to soft capital (leaves approximately $47 million)
  • Continues to fund JTEDs at 91%
  • Limits Career Ladder funding to 5% and no new applicants for Fiscal Year 2011
  • Continues the new school construction moratorium
  • Suspends the Building Renewal formula

Also included in both HB 2008 and SB 1008 are the following cuts, which are contingent upon Proposition 100 NOT passing: 

  • Suspends soft capital funding (additional $47 million)
  • Suspends Capital Outlay Revenue Limit ($248 million)
  • $102 million, or approximately 2%, cut to the basic support level
  • $31 million cut to charter school additional assistance

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Passed House Appropriations: 8 – 5
House Appropriations vote detail here
Passed House: 33 – 26
Vote detail here.

Passes Senate Appropriations: 5 – 4
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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HB 2008 Substituted for SB 1008
Passed Senate: 17 – 12, 1 “Not Voting”
Vote detail here.
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Transmitted to Governor Brewer March 15, 2010
Signed by Governor Brewer March 18, 2010

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HB 2009 / SB 1009: Higher Education; Budget Reconciliation; 2010-2011
If Prop 100 does not pass, statutory provision for Indian postsecondary educational institutions would be repealed; no longer allows out-of-state students to be counted when reporting enrollment growth. A floor amendment passed, removing the language related to out-of-state students and enrollment growth.
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Passed House Appropriations: 8 – 4, 1 “Absent”
House Appropriations vote detail here.
Passed House: 34 – 24 as amended
Vote detail here.
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Passed Senate Appropriations: 6 – 3
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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HB 2009 Substituted for SB 1009
Passed Senate: 17 – 12, 1 “Not Voting”
Vote detail here.
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Transmitted to Governor Brewer March 15, 2010
Signed by Governor Brewer March 18, 2010

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HB 2010 / SB 1010: Health; Budget Reconciliation; 2010-2011
Eliminates KidsCare; shifts 100% of the cost of monitoring sexual predators to counties.

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Passes House Appropriations: 8 – 5
House Appropriations vote detail here.
Passed House: 33 – 26 as amended
Vote detail here.
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Passed Senate Appropriations: 6 – 3
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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HB 2010 Substituted for SB 1010
Passed Senate: 16 – 13, 1 “Not Voting”
Vote detail here.
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Transmitted to Governor Brewer March 15, 2010
Signed by Governor Brewer March 18, 2010
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HB 2011 / SB 1011: Welfare; Budget Reconciliation; 2010-2011
Includes provisions related to welfare; Department of Economic Security agency.

Passes House Appropriations: 8 – 5
House Appropriations vote detail here.
Passed the House: 34 – 25
Vote detail here.
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Passed Senate Appropriations: 6 – 3
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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HB 2011 Substituted for SB 1011
Passed the Senate: 17 – 12, 1 “Not Voting”
Vote detail here.
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Transmitted to Governor Brewer March 15, 2010
Signed by Governor Brewer March 18, 2010

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HB 2012 / SB 1012: Revenues; Budget Reconciliation; 2010-2011
State lottery fund, Department of Tourism, and county fund transfers to the state General Fund.
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Passes House Appropriations: 8 – 5
House Appropriations vote detail here.
Passed the House: 34 – 25
Vote detail here.
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Passed Senate Appropriations: 6 – 3
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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HB 2012 Substituted for SB 1012
Passed the Senate: 16 – 13, 1 “Not Voting”
Vote detail here.
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Transmitted to Governor Brewer March 15, 2010
Signed by Governor Brewer March 18, 2010
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HB 2013 / SB 1013: Accounting Expenses Tax Credit; Repeal
Repeals the transaction privilege tax (TPT) credit for TPT accounting and reporting expenses.
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Passes House Appropriations: 11 – 1
House Appropriations vote detail, here.
Passes House: 50 – 9
Vote detail here.
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Passed Senate Appropriations: 5 – 3, 1 “Not Voting”
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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Failed in Senate.
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HCR 2001 /SCR 1001: Early Childhood Development; Health; Repeal
Refers to the voters the REPEAL of Voter Protected funds for “First Things First”, an early childhood development program. Redirects the deposit of Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Initiative (AECDHI) authorized tobacco tax revenues to the state General Fund. Reverts any remaining balance of unexpended and unencumbered monies in the Early Childhood Development and Health Fund to the state General Fund.
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Passes House Appropriations: 7 – 5, 1 “Present”
House Appropriations vote detail here.
Passes House: 31 – 28
Vote detail here.
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Passes Senate Appropriations: 6 – 3
Senate Appropriations vote detail here.
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HCR 2001 Substituted for SCR 1001
Passed Senate: 17 – 13
Senate vote detail here.
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Transmitted to the Secretary of State.
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HCR 2002 / SCR 1002: Land Conservation Fund; Reversion
Upon voter approval, transfers the balance of the Land Conservation Fund (Fund) to the General Fund. Currently, the Fund has a balance of approximately $123,538,600.
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Passes House Appropriations: 8 – 5
House Appropriation vote detail here.
Passed the House: 34 – 25
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Passes Senate Appropriations: 6 – 3
Senate Appropriations vote detail, here.
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HCR 2002 Substituted for SCR 1002
Passed the Senate: 17 – 10, 3 “Not Voting”
Vote detail here.
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Transmitted to the Secretary of State – note: bill/language transmitted to the SoS has yet to be uploaded to Legislative website.

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    I keep thinking that this is some kind of big joke. Un-freakin’-believable.

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