After several late night sessions, the Senate completed their debate and voting last night on their levy bill, SB 5313, at 11:00 pm. That sounds late, right? Well, the House started their debate on HB 2140 nearly 4 hours later at 2:40 am this morning and finished around 5:00 am. Though the elements of the bills are similar, and one of them is expected to pass, you can tell it isn’t easy.
SB 5313 passed on a 25-23 vote – doesn’t get much closer than that. HB 2140 passed on a vote of 54-42. I expect legislators will iron out their differences over the next 36 hours.