Legislative session is in the books

The state House finished the last of its business in about 15 minutes on Thursday, spent another 15 minutes commending its staff, then officially ended the 2015 regular legislative session that began Jan. 6.

Over the last three months lawmakers haggled out a $6.27-billion state budget that increases K-12 education spending by $110 million to $2.5 billion and adds $83 million to Medicaid to cover sharp increases in enrollment and costs for the state-federal health care program.
Broad tax cuts pushed by GOP leaders failed this session.

The Senate had finished and gone home on Wednesday. But in the House, two measures were held over on motions to reconsider the votes by which they had passed