The Buzz: March 14, 2013

The Buzz: March 14, 2013

We’ve reached it. Day 45.

Yesterday, we began passing budget bills. This includes HB2, the public education budget. This includes the 2% increase in weighted pupil unit, and an increase in supplies for teachers. Read more in the Deseret News.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education received an additional $10 million from the full legislature. HB139 funds this money. Read more from the Tribune.

HB228 was amended by the Senate and sent back to the House for agreement to the changes. These changes primarily were based on eliminating the provision removing the Zion curtain. The House refused to agreement to the Senate amendments, and a conference committee was established. It’s negotiating this morning.

HB96 passed the Senate yesterday after making some amendments, and those amendments were approved by the House. HB96 would extend tax credits to those with cleaner fuel vehicles. It now moves onto the governor for passage. For more, here’s the Tribune’s piece.

The Senate and the House both agreed to HB391, Prohibition of Medicaid Expansion. The changes to the bill do not fully prohibit the expansion, but require that two studies be conducted before the governor’s office can make a decision. Here’s more from the Daily Herald.

Tomorrow, we start at 8 AM and go all the way until midnight. And remember the after party. Musical guests, gifts, and awards. Stay tuned.