What’s Going on at the Capitol?
With less than 100 days to go in the regular legislative session, committees are beginning to meet with increased frequency, and bills are starting to move. Of particular note, H.B. 4 by Representative Ritter and S.B. 4 by Senator Fraser would provide for a one-time transfer of $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund for use in financing water projects in the State Water Plan, were heard in their respective committees with overwhelming support from city officials.
Although early indications showed that the number of bills filed would be down 30 percent from previous years, that gap has now shrunk to eight percent. And rumor has it that state bill drafters have thousands of bills in a logjam that will release shortly before the March 8 filing deadline.