Medicaid special session: Battle of rules and strate-gery

Normally, Lawmakers consider two Medicaid bills each session. One to fund it and one to “reauthorize it.” The funding bill requires a majority of elected members to pass it. The reauthorization, which includes reauthorizing a bevvy of taxes and fees, requires a 3/5 supermajority.

Stripping the taxes into a third, seperate, bill that doesn’t require the 3/5 would mean more of the reauthorization could be passed over Democratic objection.

Democrats, I’ve heard, are coming up with a bushel or two of points of order, objections and amendments.

Geoff Pender
Clarion Ledger
6/7/13