Senate President pulls right-to-work and medical review panels legislation from consideration

03/18/2016 02:13 PM

FRANKFORT – Senate President Robert Stivers has pulled two of the Senate’s top 10 bills after recognizing the lack of will in the House to move the legislation forward.

In a floor speech Friday, Stivers said he was fill legislation for his right-to-work legislation and Sen. Ralph Alvarado’s legislation setting up medical review panels.

Stivers, R-Manchester, said he sent both bills back to committee adding that they will not be brought before the full Senate floor for a vote, because they stand no chance to advance in the Democratically controlled House.

In the speech, Stivers told the chamber that elections have consequences, and the fact that the Democrats retained control of the House, there was no use to move two of the Senate’s priority bills to that chamber this session.

“The reality is the House does not see as the majority party in this Senate does, that right-to-work would even be another tool that could increase and expand on job recruitment and retention,” Stivers said. “The other thing is we’ve had Senate Bill 6 sitting on the board for quite some time. But, because of the elections two weeks ago, the consequences are, they would pass this chamber but die in the House.”

Stivers expect budget vote Tuesday or Wednesday

The Republican leader told reporters on Friday that he expects his chamber to vote on the budget bill Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, but he expects further budget negotiations to possibly take place through Easter weekend because time is running out.

Stivers says the weekend work may have to take place so a passed budget, agreeable to both chambers, can be completed in time by March 29 before the General Assembly breaks for the veto period.

“We may have to ask members of the Senate and the House and our staff to forgo their Easter holiday,” Stivers said. “We have 12 days in which the Senate to consider the House budget, then go to conference committee, resolve the differences, draft a final document and get it to the governor’s desk.”


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