2016 Session - Committee Weeks
The Legislature returned to Tallahassee for its second legislative committee week before the 2016 Regular Session. While some bills were considered and moved forward, most committees spent their time hearing budget requests from state agencies.
In important Appropriations news, the Senate announced this week that it would follow in the House’s footsteps in 2016 by requiring all lawmakers to attach their names to budget requests. Organizations seeking funding from the Senate budget must also fill out two-page forms, which detail their requests for Senators and the public.
As highlighted in our annual state budget review and Budget Turkey Watch report, these additional layers of accountability and transparency will make the appropriations process more easily understood by taxpayers.