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2012 Senate Bill 949: Appropriations: Community Colleges
  1. Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on February 14, 2012, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Community Colleges budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 14, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on April 24, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on April 25, 2012, to adopt a version of this budget that expresses the fiscal and policy preferences of the Republican-majority in the Senate on various spending items and programs. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 25, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on April 25, 2012, to increase community college spending by $13.8 million, and add some additional money to cover the extra amount colleges will have to contribute to cover underfunded employee pensions and optional retiree health insurance benefits. The amendment failed 16 to 22 in the Senate on April 25, 2012.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on April 25, 2012, to not use money from the state School Aid Fund for this budget, but instead use money from the state general fund. Although under the state constitution the SAF is to be "exclusively for aid to school districts, higher education, and school employees’ retirement systems," the K-12 public school establishment contends that the 1994 Proposal A initiative earmarking a sales tax increase to the SAF means it can only be used for K-12 schools. The amendment failed 19 to 19 in the Senate on April 25, 2012.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on April 25, 2012, the Senate version of the community colleges budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2012. This would appropriate $294.1 million in gross spending, compared to $251.9 million the previous year.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on April 25, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on April 25, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Chuck Moss (R) on May 2, 2012, to strip out all of the appropriations of the Senate-passed version of the bill, which is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 2, 2012.
  4. Passed 63 to 47 in the House on May 2, 2012, to send the bill back to the Senate "stripped" of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on May 3, 2012.
  6. Failed 0 to 38 in the Senate on May 3, 2012, to concur with a House-passed version of the bill. The vote sends the bill to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the Senate on May 30, 2012.
  8. Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on May 30, 2012, the House-Senate conference report for the community colleges budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2012. This would appropriate $294.1 million in gross spending, compared to $251.9 million the previous year. Note: House Bill 5365 contains an identical version of this conference report.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Received in the House on May 30, 2012.

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