The Senate gaveled in to debate and pass a single Sunset-related bill, then adjourned until Thursday. Meanwhile, the House continues work on legislation both on and off of the governor's priority agenda.

The House Appropriations Committee heard several bills that use various tactics to make available money — in some cases for the benefit of education and/or school employees — that would otherwise be deposited into the Rainy Day Fund. Legislators and witnesses pointed out that the fund was never intended to be used only in the most extreme circumstances, but was meant to be tapped into when finances were tight. 

Two related bills, HJR 52 and HB 363 by Rep. Donna Howard, would move any revenue that would normally go into the Rainy Day Fund, but that was more than the amount projected at the beginning of the session, into the TRS-Care fund. HJR 53 by Rep. Dan Huberty would transfer funds in the Rainy Day Fund in excess of $10 billion to the Foundation School Fund. HB 367 by Rep. Giovanni Capriglione would revise how the RDF limit is calculated, lowering the cap and moving the excess funding into general revenue. UPDATE: HB 367 was voted out of committee on Tuesday.