Monday, April 4, 2016

2016 Regular Legislative Session Draws to a Close

Posted by: Kim Phelps, Vice President of Communications and Public Policy

The 2016 legislative session is rapidly coming to an end, with the body currently in a 10 day veto recess. The General Assembly will return for one day on April 12th to consider action on any vetoes issued by the Governor and any legislation they still wish to pass. To date, a resolution on the $21 billion state budget has yet to be reached. It is hoped that work on the budget will continue through the veto recess with a final budget agreed upon and voted on during the final day on April 12th 

Unfortunately, several important measures will not make it through to become law this session. HB 438, an accountability and transparency bill aimed at the state’s 15 area development districts passed the House but will not be heard in the Senate. HB 230, a bill dealing with the transportation of overweight aluminum remains in the House Transportation Committee, where it has resided since January.  A notable bright spot, however, is HB 237, Rep. Decesare’s bill to extend local property tax exemptions to data centers as inducements for location.  That bill was signed into law on March 14th.    

Category: Legislative Issues


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