Archives: 2015-16 Legislative Session

Welcome to the Standing Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review


Senate "Protect Our Progress" Budget Plan - Step 1: Key Values

The 2023-24 Budget: Issues and Oversight



Wednesday, March 22, 2023 AT 9:30 a.m. 

Joint Oversight Hearing - Labor, Public Employment and Retirement and Subcommittee No. 5 on Corrections, Public Safety, Judiciary, Labor and Transportation

1021 O Street, Room 2200

Public Testimony: Phone Number: 877-226-8163  Access Code: 6948930  


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Thursday, March 23, 2023 AT 9:30 a.m. or Upon Adjournment of Session

Subcommittee No. 1 on Education - 1021 O Street, Room 2100

Public Testimony: Phone Number: 877-226-8216  Access Code: 6217161 


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Subcommittee No. 2 on Natural Resources, Environmental Protection and Energy - 1021 O Street, Room 2200

Public Testimony: Phone Number: 877-226-8163  Access Code: 6948930


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Subcommittee No. 3 on Health - 1021 O Street, Room 1200

Public Testimony: Phone Number: 877-226-8163  Access Code: 7362834


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Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration and General Government - State Capitol, Room 113

Public Testimony: Phone Number: 877-226-8163  Access Code: 718778


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Subcommittee No. 5 Corrections, Public Safety, the Judiciary, Labor and Transportation - State Capitol, Room 112

Public Testimony: Phone: 844-291-5491 Access Code: 7042477


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    Subcommittee No. 1 on Education

    Yong Salas – K-12 Education -

    Dr. Christopher Francis – Higher Education - 

    Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection and Energy 

    Joanne Roy – Natural Resources and Environmental Protection -

    Eunice Roh - Energy -

    Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services

    Scott Ogus – Health -

    Elizabeth Schmitt - Child Care and Human Services - 

    Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration

    Elisa Wynne – Revenue and Taxation, Local Government -
    Diego Emilio J. Lopez – State Administration, General Government, Veterans Affairs and Cannabis -
    Timothy Griffiths - Housing and Homelessness, Economic Development -

    Subcommittee No. 5 on Public Safety, the Judiciary, Labor and Transportation

    Nora Brackbill - Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary -
    Eunice Roh - Transportation -
    Dr. Christopher Francis – Labor and Employee Compensation - 

    Staff Director - Elisa Wynne -

    Deputy Staff Director - Scott Ogus -

    Committee Secretary - Sandy Perez -



    Senator Nancy Skinner (Chair)
    Senator Roger W. Niello (Vice-Chair)
    Senator Josh Becker
    Senator Anna M. Caballero
    Senator Brian Dahle
    Senator María Elena Durazo
    Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman
    Senator Shannon Grove
    Senator John Laird
    Senator Mike McGuire
    Senator Caroline Menjivar
    Senator Dave Min
    Senator Josh Newman
    Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh
    Senator Stephen C. Padilla
    Senator Richard Roth
    Senator Kelly Seyarto
    Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas

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