Pennsylvania House debates amendments to 2015-16 budget bill

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 1, 2015 3:27 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

(Harrisburg) -- The state House is debating a state budget bill, but it's not anything likely to become law this year.

The House has started considering amendments to a budget bill, but Republicans who control the chamber say the real goal is to have bills moving in time to pass by the June 30 deadline.

That means the legislation they're amending will be drastically rewritten when and if negotiators reach a deal with the Senate and Governor Tom Wolf.

Legislative rules mean lawmakers can't wait until the last minute to approve budget legislation.

Lawmakers haven't figured out how they want to close an enormous projected deficit. GOP lawmakers are floating competing plans to overhaul benefits in Pennsylvania's two biggest public-employee pension systems.

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