Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Lawmakers backpedal on pension bill, send it back to committee

Lawmakers backpedal on pension bill, send it back to committee

"The dialogue is continuing". But Thursday was the first organized protest at public schools in front of parents and students. The chambers' leaders, the governor or Cabinet members can suspend or revoke lobbyists' registrations if they violate the ethics policies.

"There is nothing nefarious going on", he said.

The House watched in silence as the Senate debated a course forward, but Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones said a special session would make more sense than extending the current session.

"I know what will happen if we don't do anything when it comes to the pensions", said Republican Sen.

Earlier, when asked about Norment's comments, the Appropriations chairman confirmed the breakdown in budget talks.

"This legislation is not ideal, make no mistake, but, for anyone who has been yelling about mental health and making sure unsafe individuals can't get their hands on a firearm, that is exactly what this bill does", added Skoufis in a statement.

While the $4.38 billion General Revenue budget is $156 million more than last year's $4.22 billion budget, that spending increase is primarily attributed to the increased public employee pay package along with increased funding to the Public Employees Insurance Agency to ensure there are no changes to premiums, deductibles or out-of-pocket health expenses for the coming year.

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Coe said Laramie County School District 1 will take the largest cuts to groundskeeper funding should the bill pass. "We'll have a budget".

"The scourge of opioid addiction has wreaked havoc on our state, and this bill is an attempt to limit the supply of these drugs on our streets", said House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha.

"The governor has been very clear that he prefers a budget that includes (Medicaid) coverage expansion as soon as possible", Coy said.

Republicans say there will be no cuts to Medicaid, at least not until late in the budget year.

The House and Senate will need to reconcile their separate versions of the Budget Bill before it is passed into law.

On Thursday, Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said he was confident he had enough votes for the bill to pass the Senate; however, the likelihood of it getting through the House in its current state was much lower, with many Republican and Democrat legislators expressing concerns.

Jones said Thursday that he will instead allow Dunnavant's bill to die without action in the House, which must complete action on all bills by midnight under the procedural resolution for the assembly session that began January 10.

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