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2017 Senate Bill 139: Appropriations: Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on February 9, 2017 To provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Department of Agriculture and Rural Development budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 9, 2017
Reported in the Senate on April 25, 2017 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 3, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
The Senate version of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2017. This would appropriate $109.7 million in gross spending. Of this, $11.2 million is federal money, and the rest is from state and local taxes and fees.
Received in the House on May 3, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Laura Cox (R) on May 17, 2017 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that contains no appropriations; see House-passed bill for an explanation.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 17, 2017
Passed 63 to 44 in the House on May 17, 2017.
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To send the bill back to the Senate "stripped" of all actual appropriations, leaving it as a "template" or "placeholder." This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The House has actually passed its version of the full budget in two "omnibus" bills, House Bills 4313 and 4323.
Received in the Senate on May 18, 2017
Received in the Senate on June 22, 2017

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