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Capitol update

Capitol update

The Legislature has wrapped up our first month of session, and the House ended this busy week with a deadline to have all bills out of committee. A bill must pass a House committee before it can be heard on the House floor. Of the nearly 2,000 bills filed this year, just over 500 passed committee, which means we have our work cut out for us to hear these bills on the House floor over the next few weeks.

Defending women’s sports

Defending women’s sports

On June 23rd, 1972, President Nixon signed Title IX into law. This landmark legislation had one goal in mind: to protect women from sex discrimination in all federally funded school programs, including sports. Because of the access to funding and opportunity this historic legislation created, there has been a 545% increase in the number of women playing college sports and a 990% increase in the number of women playing high school sports.

State’s revenue picture remarkably rosy

State’s revenue picture remarkably rosy

The state Board of Equalization met Feb. 16 to certify revenue for the Legislature to appropriate for Fiscal Year 2022. The board approved a constitutional limit on appropriations of $7.9 billion. A total of $9.6 billion in revenue was actually certified, but that amount includes $1.7 billion in one-time cash and non-recurring revenue. In comparison, the Legislature appropriated $7.8 billion for Fiscal Year 2021, which was a little below a record high budget year of $8.1 billion in FY20.

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