House reacts to governor’s redirecting money

The state House of Representatives moved toward more specific language on how the governor must spend the money the legislature appropriates, a reaction to Gov. Sonny Perdue’s rejection of some of their priorities last year.

The House Rules committee voted unanimously to move House Resolution 1025 to the floor for a full vote. The resolution requires the governor to either approve or veto “statements of legislative intent” expressed in the budget, as well as dollar line items.

Last year, Perdue angered House leaders by redirecting some state agency spending, ignoring the legislative directives in the budget. Rules Chairman Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, said that the Legislature’s lawyers said that the governor was free to do so under the language that has governed the budget process for decades.