The Legislature Today: Armstead Says State Agencies Could See Additional Cuts


The Finance Committees in both chambers have approved their versions of the bill, and the Senate as a whole will vote on the budget tomorrow, but it will look very different from the one taken up in the House.


Speaker Tim Armstead says his chamber still has a reasonable budget before them, despite the lack of any revenue increasing measures.

Members of the House put a controversial proposal to a vote today- a bill that would drug test applicants of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, but a bill that would reduce the state’s severance tax on coal and natural gas from 5 percent to 3 percent has been postponed in the chamber.
Senators will put their version of a Common Core repeal to a vote Thursday. Among many changes, the bill no longer includes a provision to allow students to opt out or refuse to take standardized tests.