Legislative leaders laid out their vision for the upcoming session as newly elected and re-elected lawmakers were sworn in. It’s the event known as Organization Day, the ceremonial gathering of a new General Assembly each November.
The majority party leaders – this year, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long – called for renewed focus and bipartisanship as they tackle the job of crafting a long-term, sustainable road funding plan. Bosma’s call comes with only one caveat.
“Have the tenacity to build it responsibly on the users of our highways and not on the backs of our children through extensive bonding and indebtedness,” Bosma says.
Lawmakers will also write a new state budget this session and Sen. Long sounds a note of caution.
“Maybe we have to tighten our belts slightly but in doing so, our number one obligation is to our K through 12 children and we will not shirk that responsibility,” Long says.
The legislature’s work will begin in January.