So, you ask dear reader, how does the House and Senate keep track of all these bills that cost money as lawmakers start passing bills right and left the final three days of the session?
After all, one does not want to pass a bill that has NOT been funded by the separate House and Senate Republican caucuses.
Because then how do you pay for it, when you actually didn’t pay for it?
Well, here is a really cool (if you can figure it out) way the House and Senate are doing this.
On the floor electronic calendars the “fiscal note bills” are color-coded.
If there is red in the bill number on the board, it HAS NOT been funded and must be circled (held) until it is. If it is never funded by the caucuses, then it can’t pass.
If there is yellow on the bill number, then it has been amended, either in committee or on the floor, and must get a new fiscal note before it can proceed to a vote.
If it has green on the bill number, then it has been funded and it can get a floor vote. It doesn’t have to pass -- that is up to the final floor vote. But it has been funded, so if it gets a majority vote then it is OK to move forward, or even go to the governor if this is final passage.
So those readers who are following a bill(s) either in the gallery or online, now knows what all these lovely colors mean.
If only the voting legislators can figure this out.