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Public Hearings Guide Senate Appropriations Planning

Pre-filed Bills are Numbered and Available to the Public

The Senate Appropriations Committee marked the official beginning to the budget-planning process this week by holding public hearings. In addition, this was the first week that the public was able to access numbered, pre-filed legislation.
The Senate Appropriations Committee, led by the newly appointed chairman Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin), met on Monday (12/3) and Tuesday (12/4) in order to hear public testimony on appropriations concerns. Citizens from throughout Missouri came to Jefferson City to offer both praise and suggestions for the state’s spending plan. While this week marks the official beginning of the planning process, actual discussion and preparation for the Fiscal Year 2009 budget (which begins on July 1, 2008) began before the previous legislative session had even concluded. The public hearings, which were held in December instead of January to allow the testimony to better impact the…