Good morning. Today is Monday, the 92nd day of the 105-day session.
Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, introduced Senate Bill 5929, which would require the state to provide subsidized health insurance for all children whose parents earn up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level.
Sen. Joseph Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, introduced Senate Bill 5930, which would add to the cost reporting that legislators and the governor would have to provide along with their budget proposals.
The House passed its version of the state budget, House Bill 1087, in a 53-43 vote, sending it to the Senate. The proposal includes about $4.4 billion in cuts.
It also passed Senate Bill 5021, which would tighten campaign-finance rules. That bill now goes back to the Senate for approval of House amendments.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 5907, a bill that would enact some of the recommendations that came from a National Institute of Corrections study of the January killing of a guard at Monroe Correctional complex by an inmate.
Both the House and the Senate are scheduled for floor action, and legislators have to pass policy bills from the opposite house by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Budget bills get more time.
The only committee scheduled for a hearing Monday is the House Transportation Committee, which is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 5251, a proposal to add a $100 registration fee to electric cars to make up for the fact that their owners don’t pay state gas tax.