We're liveblogging from the House floor, where lawmakers are expected to vote on HB 4 and HB 275, two bills that would balance the Fiscal Year 2011 budget and authorize lawmakers to withdraw $3.1 billion from the Rainy Day Fund. This debate sets the stage for an even bigger task scheduled for Friday: voting on HB 1, the general appropriations bill for fiscal years 2012 and 2013.
New to the process? Check out our graphic on the budget cycle in Texas here.
Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, says committee had more than 200 hours of testimony.
"I think we had an open process," he says.
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