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2013 Senate Bill 199: Appropriations: Community Colleges
  1. Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on February 13, 2013, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Community Colleges budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 13, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on April 23, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on April 25, 2013, to adopt a version of this budget that expresses the fiscal and policy preferences of the Republican-majority in the Senate on various spending details. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 25, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on April 25, 2013, to not use tax revenues earmarked to the state School Aid Fund in community college budget, but instead use non-earmarked (general fund) revenue. Although the state constitution explicitly authorizes using SAF money for higher education, the public school establishment contends that the 1994 Proposal A initiative earmarking a sales tax increase to the SAF means it can only be used for K-12 schools. The amendment failed 17 to 19 in the Senate on April 25, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on April 25, 2013, the Senate version of the community colleges budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2013. This would appropriate $335.0 million in gross spending, compared to $294.1 million the previous year.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on April 25, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on April 25, 2013.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on May 14, 2013, to adopt a version of the budget that contains no appropriations, but is instead intended to launch negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 14, 2013.
  4. Passed 60 to 48 in the House on May 15, 2013, to send the bill back to the Senate "stripped" of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on May 16, 2013.
  6. Failed 0 to 38 in the Senate on May 16, 2013, to concur with a House-passed version of the bill. The vote sends the bill to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the Senate on June 5, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 5, 2013.

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