House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, ordered his appropriations committee to begin working on the budget cut plans this fall, but the Kemp administration doesn't want interference from the General Assembly in what it sees as the governor's responsibility.
In the memo, Kemp’s executive counsel David Dove wrote, “Your submission of budget requests to the governor is required before any submissions are made to the General Assembly.” He said under law, the governor is also supposed to hear from agencies about their plans before lawmakers get involved.
The law, Dove wrote, “contemplates that no submission is made to the General Assembly until it is organized for a legislative session.”
The next session starts in January.
Dove’s memo continues, “It has come to the governor’s attention that some agencies may not be following these requirements.”
House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, R-Auburn, said earlier this week that he hoped to hear from agency directors at the joint hearings later this month. The Kemp administration said it will urge agencies not to take part.