Name: There were ultimately two major bills filed; House Bill 236, an omnibus measure, and Senate File 165.
Sponsor: HB236 was sponsored by the House Education Committee. SF165 was sponsored by Bill Landen, R-Casper.
What it does: The omnibus bill, which after extensive negotiations was passed by both chambers, cuts $34 million from public education next year while also creating a committee that will study a number of things, including recalibrating the education funding model. Normally, that process happens every five years. It last took place in 2015.
The Senate bill, which was ultimately killed by the House, would have cut tens of millions more than the omnibus measure.
What they're saying: The Legislature eventually focused on three education funding measures. In addition to HB236 and SF165, the Senate added an amendment to the budget bill that would have required $91 million in cuts to public education next year.
SF165 died in the House, and lawmakers cut down the $91 million figure to a conditional $45 million reduction spread over a two-year period. The Senate significantly altered HB236, including killing the conditional sales tax increase. Senate President Eli Bebout had previously said he was opposed to any revenue increases, a sentiment shared by many in his chamber.
At the 11th hour of the last day of the Legislature, lawmakers agreed on a deal to pass HB236. It institutes about $34 million in cuts next year. Legislators also scaled back the budget amendment, which was rendered moot for next year because of HB236's reductions.
What's next: The bill heads to Gov. Matt Mead's desk. The committee to study recalibration will be formed in the coming weeks. The reductions will take effect on July 1.