Friday, April 03, 2009
CIB Bailout Language Still Not Online
If you want to read the amendment the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted on Thursday, which raises taxes and diverts revenues to pay for a $47 million bailout of the Capital Improvement Board, good luck. The last updated version of HB 1604 you will find on the General Assembly's website is dated February 25, 2009. The legislature has this practice of not putting adopted committee reports of bills online until the committee reports are approved by the full body. In some cases, it can take days between the day a bill is amended and passed out of committee and it is approved by the full body. The Senate will next meet on Monday afternoon. You'll have to wait until late Monday for an updated version of HB 1604, which is more than four days after its adoption. You can bet there is plenty of surplus language in the amendment that has not yet been vetted.