Here’s one way lawmakers in Olympia contrive to do public business out of the public eye. This appeared in a roundup of legislative action on education-related issues sent to school directors around the state.
This afternoon, the full Senate also adopted the Senate version of the 2008 Supplemental Capital Construction Budget. The Capital Budget was adopted with no dissenting votes. Negotiations on a final, compromise Operating Budget and a compromise Capital Budget are expected to begin at any time. It is unclear when, or if, a formal "Conference Committee" will be appointed to negotiate the budgets; however, it is likely that House and Senate majority Democrats (along with the Governor) will meet privately until a budget is agreed to.
Conference Committees are required to provide notice of their meetings and they are open to the public, so in recent years, with one party in control of both houses, Conference Committees have not been established on the budgets until a final agreement among the majority members has been reached.