Monday, May 24, 2010

Off to Nashville

Hang on to your wallets Tennesseans, it's budget week on the Hill:

This morning I depart for Nashville and the State Capitol for what has become an annual trip to bring you, the reader, in depth coverage of the proceedings of the General Assembly as they surround the Tennessee State budget for the coming year. Whatever other legislation a General Assembly passes during it's existence, it is constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget, and that is the only law that the Tennessee General Assembly is legally required to pass.

Both Houses of the General Assembly are subject to the call of the Chair. The Senate, having already passed its version of a budget, is slated to meet at 1:00pm Central time this afternoon (Senate Floor Calendars) but has no scheduled meetings the rest of the week. The House of Representatives convenes this afternoon at 4:00pm Central time (House Floor Calendars, Regular Amendments, Message Amendments) and is scheduled for sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, times to be determined. The House Finance, Ways and Means Committee is slated to meet tomorrow, along with its Budget Subcommittee and the Calendar and Rules Committee, times to be announced.

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