After a tumultuous Session with twists and turns, and plenty of partisan animosity, the Legislature was able to pass final budget bills and move the Session to a close hours before the constitutionally mandated sine die of June 30 at 11:59pm.
A number of ambitious bills were passed, including a gross receipts tax on corporations for education funding (HB 3427), modest Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) reform (SB 1049), paid family leave (HB 2005), a tobacco tax being sent to voters in 2020 (HB 2270), an increase in the 9-1-1 tax (