One day before Gov.
The annual ritual is a reliable source of controversy in the Capitol, with
The Senate approved 37 pieces of blank legislation, and the Assembly approved 34. The votes broke down along party lines.
The bills serve as placeholders. As negotiations continue over the next month and a half, they will be filled in with specific details on the budget, then quickly passed in order to meet deadlines for finalizing the state's spending plan.
Senate Republican leader
Democrats said the budget will still be thoroughly vetted in dozens of committee hearings. They also said it was far from the first time that blank bills were used during the budget process.
“We have followed this practice for many, many, many decades,” said Senate Budget Chairman