Capitol Live: All eyes turn to Senate

Live updates from inside the Capitol.

9:29 a.m.

Things wrap up here with a few personal comments. Wilson talks about an incident at North Pole High School where a girl got suspended for kneeing a boy who had broken into the girls’ bathroom. Wilson urges young girls to never hesitate to defend themselves when they feel threatened. Kopp talks about how he’s going to become a grandpa today. Many congratulations to him.

— Alex McCarthy

9:16 a.m.

Kopp is asked if the Majority is looking to repeal Senate Bill 91.

“A large part of Senate Bill 91 has already been repealed. Senate Bill 91 is no longer the law of the land.”

He later says they’re not “focused on a bumper sticker” to simply repeal SB 91. They want to find a good, effective fix to it, he says.

— Alex McCarthy

9:08 a.m.

Wilson says the House Finance Committee will propose a bill today to match the Senate’s bill imposing a spending cap.

— Alex McCarthy

9:07 a.m.

Kopp says the budget hit the House floor just two days later this year than it did last year.

— Alex McCarthy

9:05 a.m.

Wilson tries to clear up some of the things that have been said about that House’s process. She says that while they built their budget off last year’s FY 2020 management plan, they still had the cuts from the governor’s budget proposal in front of them. They could have proposed those cuts if they wanted to, she says, but they didn’t.

— Alex McCarthy

9:02 a.m.

Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, Finance co-chairs Tammie Wilson and Neal Foster and Rep. Chuck Kopp (the rules chairman) are here. So is Senate Finance Co-chair Natasha von Imhof, sitting and watching in the back.

“I won’t say anything bad about the Senate,” Edgmon quips.

“They probably want to know how we count,” Wilson says. “We count different than the Senate.”

Von Imhof smiles politely.

— Alex McCarthy

8:55 a.m.

After the House passed its budget yesterday, all eyes will be on the Senate. The Senate Finance Committee will continue taking public comment today, as it did for a large chunk of yesterday, on the budget.

First, though, we’ll hear from House Majority members about the budget. That press conference is coming in a few minutes.

— Alex McCarthy

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