May 14, 2019
by Tony Adams, Adams and Associates Government Relations
May 9 was the crossover deadline that a bill filed in the 2019 long session of the legislature in either the House or Senate had to be passed in one of the chambers to be debated in the other chamber. Bills with fees and other financial impact do not have to meet the crossover deadline. Furthermore, bills that pass either the House or Senate but not the other chamber in 2019 are still eligible for consideration in the 2020 short session. As detailed in the previous report, there are a significant number of bills that have been introduced that are of interest to NCALA and other advocates for the elderly.
The House has passed its version of the 2019–2020 budget and a section of the bill has $2,250,000 for special assistance personal needs allowance for adult care home residents. This increases the personal needs allowance for residents from $46 to $70 a month effective October 1, 2019. The budget also allocates $3,300,000 for temporary assistance for facilities that serve special assistance residents. The Senate will now consider the House budget and vote on whether to agree with the House or, if not, work out the differences in a joint committee.