After several hours of debate on Wednesday and a Final Action vote on Thursday, Sub HB 2410, the school finance bill, passed in the House, 84-39, I voted YES. The bill:
As we began week 14 in the current legislative session we were still waiting to move forward good public policy relating tax reform, school finance formula, guns on campuses and public hospitals, and the 2018 budget. It’s now Friday and there is not much to report to you.
I understand this is normal, but these first two weeks of veto session seem out of place. During the bulk of the session, it was difficult to pare down my newsletters because there was so much going on that was newsworthy. It seemed that most bills had a nugget of broad interest. But now, most committees are done meeting and except for a few items (see summary below), we haven’t been working bills on the House floor. A few times a week a conference committee will forward a report to be debated and voted on, but those have been few and far between. It has been a lot of hurry-up-and-wait. We “gavel in” and “gavel out,” then come back a few hours later to do the same. The big stuff is being negotiated behind the scenes and most of us are not part of that conversation. Here is an update of the “big stuff” still to be decided:
Like all of my colleagues, I’m back in Topeka after our three-week break and ready for Veto Session. The three weeks flew by quickly, probably because they were jam-packed. After celebrating a few days of Passover, Stewart and I took out time to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary with a week in Mexico. The beach, sun, and sand were a refresher for the challenging work ahead of us in Topeka.
Joy has blogged extensively about her experience and activities in the legislature and beyond.