After the legislative bodies passed their version of the state’s next two-year budget, the House rejected the Senate changes and a conference committee has been appointed to reach an agreement.
House Bill 1, which contains the state budget, did not receive concurrence in the House Wednesday afternoon after the Senate made some changes to the budget. Each of the legislative chambers then appointed members to a conference committee so they can come to an agreement on a final version the House and Senate will have to pass to send to the governor. They will likely want to have this done by March 30, before the veto period begins.
At the first meeting of the conference committee Wednesday night, the lawmakers heard a detailed page-by-page description with the differences within the two proposals.
The following members were appointed to the conference committee:
- House Speaker David Osborne
- House Speaker Pro Tempore David Meade
- House Majority Floor Leader Steven Rudy
- House Majority Caucus Chair Suzanne Miles
- House Majority Whip Chad McCoy
- House Minority Leader Joni Jenkins
- House Minority Caucus Chair Derrick Graham
- House Minority Whip Angie Hatton
- House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chair Jason Petrie
- House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Vice Chair Brandon Reed
- Senate President Robert Stivers
- Senate President Pro Tem David Givens
- Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer
- Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams
- Senate Majority Whip Mike Wilson
- Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chair Chris McDaniel
- Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey
- Senate Minority Caucus Chair Reginald Thomas
- Sen. Robin Webb
Stay tuned to The Bottom Line to follow negotiations on the state budget.