Simpson In Session

I hope everyone had a blessed New Year and a merry Christmas. My family had a wonderful holiday break but now everyone’s back to school and work including at the Capitol.

Our constitutionally-required Organizational Day wasTuesday. We officially voted on leadership positions including the new Pro Tem, my position as Assistant Floor Leader and others. We approved the rules for the 57th Legislature and certified results of the 2018 Senate races. We then convened in Joint Session with the House to certify the results of the 2018 congressional election races.

Staff is continuing their work on the nearly 1,800 requested Senate bills. They have until Thursday, January 17 to complete their work and introduce them for session. I’m anxious to see what issues we’ll be tackling this year.

I’ve filed 15 bills so far with possibly more to come before the deadline. I’ll be discussing these measures in the coming weeks.

The State Board of Equalization announced its FY’2020 revenue estimate a few weeks ago. This will be used by Governor-elect Stitt for his executive budget that will be presented on the first day of session. According to the estimate, the legislature will have roughly $612.4 million or eight percent more to appropriate than the current fiscal year. At $8.3 billion, this would be the largest budget in state history.

 

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