An eventful week wrapped up Friday with the House Ways and Means Committee approving several omnibus bills ahead of midnight’s third committee deadline.
As it did a number of times over the last few days, the committee combined omnibus bills Friday. In this case the omnibus veterans and military affairs finance bill, HF2086, was incorporated into the omnibus state government finance bill, HF1935.
House leaders say this is being done to better align the bills with legislation expected to emerge from the Senate’s committee structure.
Committee members also approved the omnibus tax bill, HF2125.
Lawmakers are now on their Easter/Passover break and official business in the House will not resume until April 23, leaving less than four weeks until May 20, the date by which members must constitutionally adjourn.
But before we look ahead, including a plethora of amendments for omnibus bills on the House Floor, let’s look back at what you may have missed this week.
Bonding bill that tops $1 billion moves ahead — but doubts over its path forward remain
Capital investment division releases $1.5 billion bonding bill
Nearly billion-dollar omnibus state government finance bill gets division OK
State government finance bill: nearly billion dollars in spending, many elections changes
More omnibus bills combined as House moves to align with Senate
House Ways and Means Committee combines three omnibus bills to start busy week
House judiciary panel wastes no time in approving omnibus finance bill
Hmong-American business owners tell lawmakers more support needed to start, grow businesses
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
House Legacy panel advances $629 million omnibus funding bill
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Increased oversight of pharmacy benefit managers aimed at improved transparency, lowered costs
Omnibus higher education finance bill moves on
Government operations committee approves cloud computing measure
Omnibus tax bill advances amid stark partisan disagreement
Conformity — and change — key to House tax bill
House tax bill focuses upon fairness, filing ease, cuts and credits
Conference committee strikes agreement on distracted driving bill
Distracted driving bill clears final House hurdle