No deal yet on public employee health care

Lawmakers did not come to a final agreement on competing plans dealing with public employee health care prior to the Senate adjourning for its summer break. 

The House previously passed legislation (House Bill 4572) to cap how much public employers can pay for employees’ health insurance. The Senate passed its own measure (Senate Bill 7) to require employees to pay at least 20 percent of the cost of insurance.

Late Thursday, the House was taking up amendments to Senate Bill 7, but with the Senate adjourned, they can merely pass their version of the bill tonight. More details on this bill and status on the debate over health insurance contributions will be reported in the next Capitol Comments.