Spending Cap


[Estimates by departments, the legislature and the judiciary of needed appropriations; hearings]

Section 1. For the preparation of the budget, the head of each department of state government, except the legislature and judiciary, shall
furnish the governor such estimates and information in such form and at such times as the governor may require, copies of which shall
forthwith be furnished to the appropriate committees of the legislature.  The governor shall hold hearings thereon at which the governor may
require the attendance of heads of departments and their subordinates.

Designated representatives of such committees shall be entitled to attend the hearings thereon and to make inquiry concerning any part
thereof.  Itemized estimates of the financial needs of the legislature, certified by the presiding officer of each house, and of the judiciary, approved
by the court of appeals and certified by the chief judge of the court of appeals, shall be transmitted to the governor not later than the first day
of December in each year for inclusion in the budget without revision but with such recommendations as the governor may deem proper.
Copies of the itemized estimates of the financial needs of the judiciary also shall forthwith be transmitted to the appropriate committees of the
legislature. (Amended by vote of the people November 8, 1977; November 6, 2001.)

[Executive budget]

§2. Annually, on or before the first day of February in each year following the year fixed by the constitution for the election of governor
and lieutenant governor, and on or before the second Tuesday following the first day of the annual meeting of the legislature, in all other years,
the governor shall submit to the legislature a budget containing a complete plan of expenditures proposed to be made before the close of
the ensuing fiscal year and all moneys and revenues estimated to be available therefor, together with an explanation of the basis of such
estimates and recommendations as to proposed legislation, if any, which the governor may deem necessary to provide moneys and revenues
sufficient to meet such proposed expenditures. It shall also contain such other recommendations and information as the governor may deem
proper and such additional information as may be required by law.  (New. Derived in part from former §2 of Art. 4-a. Adopted by Constitutional
Convention of 1938 and approved by vote of the people November 8, 1938; amended by vote of the people November 2, 1965;
November 6, 2001.)

[Budget bills; appearances before legislature]

§3. At the time of submitting the budget to the legislature the governor shall submit a bill or bills containing all the proposed appropriations and reappropriations included in the budget and the proposed legislation, if any, recommended therein.

The governor may at any time within thirty days thereafter and, with the consent of the legislature, at any time before the adjournment thereof, amend or supplement the budget and submit amendments to any bills submitted by him or her or submit supplemental bills. 



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