Senate to put finishing touches on budget [UPDATED w/ schedules]


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Here’s the current plan for getting the budget out of the Senate:

  • Amendments to the bill were due Thursday. More on that, below.
  • A substitute bill will be released in Senate Finance at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday (guess we know how the LSC staff are spending their Memorial Day weekend)
  • Senate Finance Committee will invite public testimony at hearings next Wednesday and Thursday, June 1 and 2
  • The bill will be voted out of Committee on Tuesday, June 7
  • Vote of full Senate on Wednesday, June 8 or Thursday, June 9
  • After it passes the Senate, expect the bill to go to a Conference Committee where the House & Senate will work out their differences (and magically, more revenue will be found and decisions made about how to spend it)

UPDATE 5/27: The Senate Finance Committee put out its schedule for next week. We have updated the timeline above and will put hearing schedules on our events calendar on the home page.

UPDATED 5/31: The committee pushed back the release of the budget to 4:30 p.m., cancelled the 9 a.m. hearings and Friday hearings

We will update our events calendar just as soon as Senate Finance puts out a committee schedule for next week.

Here’s what is being reported (here and here) about possible amendments:

  • 1,600 amendments were drafted
  • Senate Democrats submitted 300 amendments (see our other post)
  • Chairman Widener indicated that amendments under consideration address charter school oversight, including a provision in which underperforming charter schools would lose state support or be barred from accepting new students
  • Other changes under consideration include ensuring taxpayers get a better deal from liquor privatization, a review of Governor Kasich’s plan to make employees pay more for their pensions, and another look at the proposed privatization of state assets
  • Senate leaders will spend the weekend reviewing proposed amendments before deciding which will be included in the bill
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