As legislative sessions go, this was largely a forgettable one.
State lawmakers planned to wrap up their two-month session Thursday night after passing an operating budget that slightly increased state spending. But they were heading home without dealing with a plethora of other major issues.
The discarded pile of bills included compromise measures to incorporate state test scores in teacher evaluations, address oil-transportation safety, increase involuntary commitments for mental-health treatment and reconcile the states medical-marijuana system with its new recreational-pot industry, to say nothing of more partisan proposals.
For the first time since 1996, lawmakers could not agree on a construction budget despite a version of the plan passing 92-4 in the state House.