HB 217, by Rep. John Carson, R-Marietta, had passed both chambers of the legislature during last year's legislative session, but the chambers disagreed on the final day of that year's session over how much to raise the cap from the current $58 million. The House of Representatives wanted $100 million and the Senate wanted $65 million.
Nothing happened in public on the bill this year until the last day of the session, on Thursday, when a conference committee comprising members of the House and Senate unveiled their compromise bill. It quickly passed both chambers, setting the cap at $100 million for the next decade. After that, it drops back to $58 million.