Well, I guess HB 1997 is now necessary to enact the state budget, making it exempt from legislative cutoff.
House Operating Budget bill is HB 1087, and is on the House Floor calendar as of 4/8/2011. (Ed update: HB 1087 and its Amendments are being debated now, 3pm, 4/9/2011) (second Ed. HB 1087 passed the House 53 to 43, with 1 absent, 5pm 4/9/2011).
I thought this would have happened in a Special Session, but, I guess it makes better sense to have the House put it in and pass it over to the Senate.
The operating budget bill is in the Rules Committee racking up amendments (as expected). When they get rolling on the operating budget bill it could be an all day affair.
Once the House version of the Operating budget passes to the Senate then it will go to the Senate Ways & Means Committee, then it's game on.
Have a great day,
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