03RS SB218


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SB 218 (BR 1654) - D. Williams

     AN ACT relating to budgets.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 7 to establish the Committee on Budget Preparation and Management as a subcommittee of the Legislative Research Commission; designate the co-chairs of the Senate and House standing Committees on Appropriations and Revenue as co-chairs of the committee; require the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House to each appoint three additional members, all of whom are members of a standing Committee on Appropriations and Revenue/ require at least one member, from each chamber to be a member of the minority party appointed by the Minority Floor Leader; direct the Legislative Research Commission to provide staff services to the committee; list duties of the committee relating to budget preparation instructions and plans, budget requests, and implementation of enacted budgets; require the committee to regularly report to the standing and interim joint Committees on Appropriations and Revenue; permit the committee or its co-chairs acting jointly to initiate hearings and authorize on-site visits by staff to review programs and budget information; direct the executive and judicial branches, on request of the committee, to provide the most current available revenue, budget, and program information, in the format requested, within thirty days; require budget units to provide support for the committee and staff to access and interpret the information; permit the committee by majority vote of its membership to initiate investigations, audits, inspections, evaluations and studies relating to its duties, subject to the Legislative Research Commission's authority to cancel the initiation or completion of the committee-authorized project; authorize the Legislative Research Commission to delegate to the committee its power to administer oaths, subpoena witnesses and records, and otherwise compel the giving of evidence; direct executive and judicial branch agencies, officers, and employees to assist the committee and its staff by providing agency access and information as requested by a majority vote of the committee members; deem any officer or employee who fails to provide information or impedes the committee's' performance guilty of a class A misdemeanor; declare the Open Records law's exemption of preliminary drafts and recommendations from disclosure inapplicable to public records requested by the committee.


     HCS - Delete Committee on Budget Preparation and Management and assign its duties and authority to the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue; delete requirement for regular reports to the interim committee; deem an officer or employee who fails to provide information or impedes the interim committee's performance to be in violation of the Executive Branch Code of Ethics rather than guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

     Feb 18-introduced in Senate
     Feb 19-to State and Local Government (S)
     Feb 25-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Feb 26-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 27, 2003
     Feb 27-3rd reading, passed 37-0
     Feb 28-received in House
     Mar 3-to State Government (H); posted in committee; posting waived
     Mar 5-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar; recommitted to State Government (H)
     Mar 6-2nd reading, to Rules; reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute ; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 7, 2003
     Mar 11-3rd reading, passed 89-0 with Committee Substitute ; received in Senate

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