Saturday, March 8, 2014
When they return May 15, lawmakers will need to deal with 73 pending bills, quite a bit more work than a simple budget vote.
In addition to the Department of Health and Human Services budget, there are 48 bills on the Appropriations Table. That means they've gotten almost all the way through the process, but they cost money, so they need an additional OK from the Appropriations Committee before they go back to the Senate for a final vote.
Those bills include:
L.D. 849, which proposes to reduce the income tax to 4 percent over a period of time
L.D. 1237, a bill to prohibit bullying and cyberbullying in schools
L.D. 1469, a measure to allow charitable fraternal and veterans' organizations to have slot machines
L.D. 1840, a bill that limits MaineCare reimbursement for methadone treatment
In recent years, many of the bills that have ended up on the Appropriations Table have been killed by the committee. Lawmakers often find creative ways to avoid having them end up there because they know the odds aren't in their favor. Time will tell if this year's crop of bills meet a different fate.Tweet
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