This just in… *** State workers to be paid without budget ***
Friday, Aug 10, 2007
* 11:23 am - Thanks to a commenter, I checked on the status of the state operating budget bill that the Senate passed last night.
The Senate hasn’t yet transmitted the bill to the House, which means the House can’t vote on it. A usually very reliable and high-level Senate Democratic source just told me that the governor asked Senate President Jones to hold onto the bill for a while. But Jones will reportedly be sending it over to the House shortly.
Also, I’m hearing there’s not much in store for the Senate today. As of now, there are no plans to run the gaming bill, capital bill or the health insurance bill. Things have a way of changing, so stay tuned. But if the Senate leaves town and the House passes the budget and leaves town, the governor may not be able to bring them back very easily.
* 11:26 am - The Senate is convening now. Listen or watch here.
* 11:48 am - The Senate is standing at ease until the call of the chair. Senate President Jones’ spokesperson said the paperwork process takes a while, but she promises they’ll get that budget bill to the House as soon as they can.
* 11:54 am - Here’s some food for thought that I’m still working over in my own head…
Last night, the Senate Executive Committee approved an amendment to the Chicago casino bill that exempted riverboats for five years from the newly enacted statewide smoking ban. As noted here, Sen. Terry Link admits he was working against the Chicago casino. Link was the very proud chief sponsor of that smoking ban.
* 12:41 pm - Ryan Hermes…
* 1:22 pm - I’m starting to wonder what Jones and the governor cooked up in their meeting earlier today.
The Senate is adjourning their special sessions until Monday at 2 pm. Also, the budget bill still hasn’t been sent to the House, although I’m told that it will be transmitted today. Something definitely appears to be afoot.
* 1:47 pm - The rumors won’t die that somebody has filed a motion to reconsider the vote on the budget bill which passed the Senate last night. A motion like that would hold up the bill and prevent it from being transmitted to the House. The Senate Dem spokesperson has said no motions were filed and no motions are showing up on the LIS page, but the rumor is persistent and pervasive and won’t die.
So, I called the Senate Journal room and they said no motions have been filed on the bill.
*** 1:54 pm *** There’s an “agreed order” from the court hearing the AFSCME case to force the state to issue paychecks without a state appropriation in place to authorize them.
I have a person in the courtroom who tells me that the comptroller has been authorized to issue paychecks to workers through August 31. More later.
…From the person in the courtroom…
* 2:27 pm - The Senate has adjourned until Monday at 2 pm.
* 2:29 pm - From AFSCME Council 31 exec director Henry Bayer…
* 2:34 pm - The House is preparing to start session “shortly” after receiving assurances from Senate Democratic staff that the budget bill will be arriving soon.
* 2:40 pm - From the governor’s office…
* 2:42 pm - A coinkydink, perhaps? A judge signs the order for state worker paychecks and just-like-that, the Senate sends over the budget.