Posted: Apr 24, 2013 8:28 AM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - The Montana House of Representatives passed a compromise late Tuesday night, putting $13 million more into the state's budget as a result of a negotiations between the Republican leadership and Governor Steve Bullock.
Speaker of the House Mark Blasdel (R-Somers) worked with Bullock to give the Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Labor each an additional $2. Republicans also gave the executive branch an additional $7.5 million to divvy up as it pleases.
Bullock laid out his demands Tuesday morning in a memo to the Senate President and House Speaker and by the afternoon, both parties reached a compromise.
"I appreciate your patience tonight. It's been a long day of speaking with the governor. So this is the amendment that we were able to produce. We had a lot of talks and obviously he had a lot of concerns with House Bill 2 that he wanted to see that were not funded that were his priorities," Rep. Blasdel said.
"This particular body, this House, this session, has been the rock of showing folks how you can affect public policy, by talking with each other, by staying at the table," added Rep. Galen Hollenbaugh (D-Helena).
The bill passed with 71 Representatives voting yes and 29 voting no. The House will now need to vote one more time before sending the bill to the Senate.
Senators are expected to take action on it Wednesday, and then both Houses are expected to adjourn the 63rd Legislative session by the end of the day.