Introduced by Rep. David Pagel (R) on February 14, 2018
To provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Department of Corrections budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 14, 2018
Reported in the House on May 9, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
To send the bill on 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 5578 and 5579.
To send the bill back to the House with no actual appropriations. Both bodies have passed budget bills with actual appropriations, and negotiations are underway to reconcile them. Exercises like this exchange of empty bills facilitate moving quickly once the differences are resolved.