This Week Under the Gold Dome: Week 2

The second week under the Gold Dome was a quiet one compared to the first week as legislation begins to ramp up in committee and work on the Amended Fiscal Year 2014 Budget concluded in the House.  Here is the rundown for week two:

House Sets the Calendar Through Day 24:

Wednesday, the House voted to lay out the legislative calendar through Legislative Day 24.  Keeping up with the pace of the first two weeks, the House will be in session Monday-Friday this week and next week (Days 10-19) and will be in session Monday-Thursday of the week of the February 10th.  Day 24 will start the following week on Tuesday, February 18th.

Campus Carry off the Table in 2014:

Spencer reported Thursday evening that a Campus Carry provision allowing gun owners to take their weapons on college campuses would be off the table in 2014.  The provision was dropped by the primary sponsors of House Bill 512.

House Passes the “Little Budget”:

Friday, the House voted 163-1 to approve the Amended Fiscal Year 2014 Budget.  The mid-year budget is worth $20.2 billion and includes a $129.5 million increase in education funding to account for additional students enrolled in K-12 schools.  Education comprised the largest portion of the budget at 53.3% followed by health care at 23%.  The Amended Budget now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Stay tuned to Capitol Corner for the latest news from the Gold Dome.  You can also watch live video of the session here when the House convenes at 11:00am today.  Have a great week!