After a marathon session last evening. Today's gathering started at 2:00 p.m. and was finished by 6:00 p.m. The rules require that the budget be voted on in two separate days. So, today was not yet the end of the debate nor the end of the myriad of amendments. The actual end to this first process on the House side will be tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.
So, here is the vote. 114 Representatives were present today. Ayes: 102 Noes: 12 Excused Absent: 3 and Excused Vote: 1.
Included in this budget is $8.2 million dollars for new Community Alternative Program Waiver Slots (CAP) MR/DD. This is a wonderful achievement that could not have happened without the voices and actions of many advocates around our State.
We will be posting a complete recap of the budget on Friday.