Morning Buzz 3/17: News From the 62nd Legislature

Posted on March 17, 2011


New, lower revenue estimates were released by the Legislative Fiscal Division late yesterday, Charles Johnson, of the Lee State Bureau, reported. The numbers are about $63.5 million higher than what the Legislature currently bases the budget on, but about $33.5 million lower than what the division projected in February. The House Taxation Committee will look at the estimate resolution today and could update the numbers and send it over to the Senate to guide changes to the budget. The resolution has not made it out of the House in the past two sessions, though.

Meanwhile, Mike Dennison, also of the bureau, reported the GOP is defending its move to cut nearly all funds to family planning services.

Dennison also wrote about Republican measures to replace the health care exchange mandated by federal health care reform.

Also on health care, the Associated Press wrote about Gov. Brian Schweitzer criticizing Republicans for rejecting $35 million in federal grants for hospitals and clinics to install electronic record systems.

The AP also reported gun-rights bills may have a harder time passing the Senate than they did the House, and produced a story about the progress of the effort to reform eminent domain laws.

Alana Listoe, Independent Record, reported on a bill to provide public funding for charter schools.

Top hearings

Revenue estimates

The revenue estimate resolution will be discussed at 9 a.m. in room 152.


Authorizing warrants for blood or breath tests in DUI cases and creating the charge of aggravated DUI will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 137.

A complete list of hearings can be found here.


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