The Senate Budget Subcommittee #4 on State Administration and General Government held a hearing on the Governor’s Enterprise Zone revamp proposal on May 23rd and left the item open for further discussion. Then, on Friday, May 24, the Senate Budget Fiscal Review Committee, took up the matter and approved “place holder trailer bill language,” meaning, they accepted the Governor’s proposal in principle, even without the specific language. The vote was on strictly party lines with the notable exception of Democratic Senator Rod Wright, who made some strong points during the discussion (which can be heard in the video below). The proposal will next be heard in the Budget Conference Committee and is expected to pass that as well. Ultimately, it’s final form will still need to be passed by 2/3 majorities of both houses of the Legislature.
The following is the relevant segment of video from the hearing: