House passes Revenue Estimate…almost

Representative Mike Miller (R-Helmville)

Representative Mike Miller (R-Helmville)

The 2013 Montana Legislature is one procedural vote away from having a State Revenue Estimate–something that never passed the 2011 Legislature.

House members unanimously passed the estimate, or Senate Joint Resolution 2 Tuesday on second reading. SJ2 has already passed the Senate.

“Members, we need to get this passed so we have an official revenue estimate and appropriations (committee) can get busy spending it,” said House Taxation Committee Chair Representative Mike Miller (R-Helmville).

A bill’s second reading gives lawmakers a chance to debate that particular bill. No one spoke in opposition to the estimate Tuesday. The revenue estimate needs to pass third reading before becoming official.

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