Another woman and veteran Democratic lawmaker will not seek re-election. After 12 years, Kitty Toll says “you know when it’s time.” Meanwhile, she’ll continue to play a leadership role in a doozy of a Session that could last until October.
"House Appropriations has already finished work on a bill to adjust the budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Next, the Legislature will pass a budget for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. Then lawmakers will return later in the summer to pass a fiscal package for the remainder of the year — in hopes that by then they’ll have a more complete picture of the outlook for state revenues.
Toll said she’ll have time to address priorities through the end of this year and set the stage for when lawmakers return for the 2021 session. By December, Toll said, lawmakers will have appropriated the $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds from the CARES Act. Neither the pandemic nor the unusual legislative working conditions that resulted from it led to Toll’s decision to leave, she said Sunday. Lawmakers have been meeting remotely by Zoom since March to prevent the spread of the virus."
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