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HB 2: General Appropriations Act

In First House Committee — Nontabled

Bill text
Fiscal note
None on file
Legal note
None on file
Official bill page
Deadline for passing first chamber (the House for House bills and the Senate for Senate bills): 4/1/21. Deadline for first chamber return if amended in second: 4/20/21.

This is the primary state budget bill, incorporating most of the spending the Legislature will authorize for state agencies. As such, it follows a slightly different process than other bills, with joint appropriations subcommittees including members from the House and Senate holding numerous hearings about its contents early in the legislative session.

While the budget is high-profile legislation that sometimes ends up caught in procedural turmoil, House Bill 2 is generally voted on by the full House Appropriations Committee before being forwarded for debate on the House Floor. Once passed by the House, a similar process is generally repeated in the Senate Finance and Claims Committee and on the Senate floor.

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Legislative actions

How bills move through the Legislature
Showing major bill actions only.
DateActionLocation
12/14/20
Introduced
House Floor
12/24/20
Referred to Committee
House Appropriations
1/4/21
First Reading
House Appropriations
1/7/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/7/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
1/7/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/7/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/8/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/8/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
1/8/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
1/8/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/8/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/11/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
1/11/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/11/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
1/11/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
1/12/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/12/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
1/12/21
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/12/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
1/12/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
1/12/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
1/13/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/13/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
1/13/21
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/13/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
1/13/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
1/13/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
1/14/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
1/15/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/15/21
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/15/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
1/18/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
1/18/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/18/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
1/18/21
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/19/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/19/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
1/19/21
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/19/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
1/19/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
1/20/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/20/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
1/20/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/20/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
1/20/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
1/20/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
1/21/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/21/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
1/21/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/21/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
1/21/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
1/21/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
1/22/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
1/22/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
1/22/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
1/25/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
1/25/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/25/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
1/25/21
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/25/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
1/25/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
1/26/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/26/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
1/26/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/26/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
1/26/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
1/27/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/27/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
1/28/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/28/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
1/28/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
1/28/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
1/29/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
1/29/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
1/29/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
1/29/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
1/29/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
2/1/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
2/1/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
2/1/21
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
2/1/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
2/1/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
2/2/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
2/2/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
2/2/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
2/2/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
2/2/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
2/3/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
2/3/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
2/3/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
2/3/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
2/3/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
2/4/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
2/4/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
2/4/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
2/4/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
2/4/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
2/5/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
2/5/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning
2/8/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
2/8/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
2/8/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
2/9/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
2/9/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
2/9/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
2/9/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
2/10/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
2/10/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
2/10/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
2/11/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
2/11/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
2/11/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
2/12/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
2/12/21
Hearing
House Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
2/15/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
2/15/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
2/17/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
2/18/21
Hearing
House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
Showing major bill actions only.
This table may omit bill actions recorded since this guide's last update. See the bill page in LAWS for an official reference.

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