After a long day of bickering and some partisan sniping, neither the Tennessee House of Representatives nor the State Senate on Tuesday voted to adopt a state budget.
The most eventful action of the day occurred when the House took a half-hour recess to evacuate their chambers because of tornado warnings for the downtown Nashville area. Beyond that, other legislation was debated at length without addressing the budget.
The House will reconvene at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Like the House, the State Senate was expected to take up the budget, albeit a different version that they approved last week in their finance committee.
State Sen. Jim Kyle (D-Memphis), sponsor of the budget bill in the Senate, asked that it be taken up when it reconvenes at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Kyle made his motion prior to the House adjourning and may push his bill back further on the calender and await action by the House.
Senate Democrats prefer the House version of the budget as it more closely resembles the original budget submitted by Gov. Phil Bredesen.