This week at your Capitol, the Senate began with a hearing on the budget outlooks for the fiscal year. Unfortunately, the outlook is bleak for the months of March, April, May, and June. As expected, the sharp plummet into the current recession has caused substantial shortfalls in the expected revenues. We heard from State Economist, Dr.
Last week your Senate returned to work on Thursday to tackle the task of getting CARES funds to the people. With an agreement reached between the Governor, the Lt. Governor and the Speaker of the House, it was agreed that the legislature will appropriate the funds and the Governor will administer the funds.
Your Senate returned from recess last Friday to take up concerns regarding federal COVID-19 emergency funding through the CARES Act. Senate Bill 2772 was taken up by the House and was passed by a unanimous vote after an amendment was offered. The bill was then returned to the Senate for concurrence which was approved by a near unanimous vote.
This week in Senate business, we continue to remain in recess due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. The Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House made the decision to reconvene the legislature on May 18th to complete the work of the state. The legislature must still complete the general legislation and formulate a budget before June 30th.
This week at your senate, we continue to remain in recess due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. The date to reconvene has not been determined.
As of Sunday, April 5, 2020, our state faces 1,638 reported cases with 23 in Scott County, 7 in Newton County and 65 in Lauderdale County. That is an increase of 880 cases from last week.
This week in your Senate, we faced a floor deadline at midnight on Thursday. Your Senate worked and debated bills until 9:30 P.M. on Thursday night. Of those bills passing from the Senate, the following should give you an idea of those moving off the floor.