Last Friday, the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees held their “suspense file” hearings to determine the bills that move forward and those that stop for the year. Here’s how this somewhat opaque, fast-paced hearing process works.
Bills that reach a certain cost threshold are automatically referred to the suspense file when they get to the Appropriations Committee. The suspense file is a cost-control function of the Legislature’s fiscal committees. The Chairs of the Appropriations Committees, in consultation with legislative leaders, examine the cost implications of each bill on suspense. Then, they determine which bills move forward based on their policy priorities. The suspense file hearing is one of the most highly anticipated procedural actions in each Legislative Session. See which of CASA's positions and bills made it off suspense.