Senate sends $37B state budget bill to governor with 28-2 vote

The Senate gave final legislative approval Monday evening to a $37 billion state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, sending HB511 to Gov. Bill Haslam, who drafted the measure and went along with relatively minor legislative changes.

The Senate vote was 28-2. The two no votes came from Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mount Juliet and Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, D-Memphis. The House approved the budget 83-2 on Friday.

The most lengthy debate on the Senate floor came over the so-called “Copeland bill,” which is required under a constitutional amendment promoted by former state Rep. David Copeland. It states that state spending exceeds growth in revenue for the coming year by $438 million.

Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, made a motion to have a vote on  the Copeland bill (HB514) before voting on the budget bill with Harris joining him in support. The motion failed, nine backing Gardenhire and 20 opposing.

The Copeland bill was approved 24-7.

One Response to Senate sends $37B state budget bill to governor with 28-2 vote

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    So the Budget is now out of the way. I’d say that if history were any guide, we’re due for another round of obscene raises for Commissioners and Governor’s staff some time soon.

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