January 21, 2011
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The 2013 legislative session started smoothly on Jan. 14, with the House re-electing Speaker David Ralston and Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones.
Finals days of the session were spent tweaking different versions of bills.
During the second-to-last week of the session, the House began working through Senate bills in earnest. HB 386, a package of tax code changes, was the most significant item.
Committee work dominated House activities last week.
The pace on the House floor picked up again last week.
HB 811 is a novel approach to an old problem in which fees and surcharges are not appropriated to the purpose intended by law.
The fifth week of the legislative session continued at a steady pace, with 12 bills and resolutions reaching the floor of the House for a vote.
Since I have long supported charter schools as a worthwhile experiment to improve educational performance, I was certainly ready to support HR 1162. Knowing that it would also deal with the Title 20 problems gave me even greater reason to vote yes.
The primary focus of the third week of the legislative session was the supplemental budget.