Capitol Update is daily review of state government during the Legislative Session. Today’s topics include:

  • The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $1 billion emergency fund to be controlled solely by the Governor over objections from Democrats and one Republican who said the Legislature needs to know how such a large sum will be spent.
  • House and Senate budget subcommittees got presentations all day from the Governor’s staff on his budget proposals.
  • The House Public Integrity and Elections (PIE) Committee approved a bill to make strawberry shortcake the state dessert.