The House asks for spending bills.
Two years ago, Speaker Joe Hackney began requesting any spending added to the House budget to be also filed in a separate bill.
The goal was to make the budget process more transparent by making legislators put their names behind any special appropriations requests.
Hackney's spokesman, Bill Holmes, said that all of the spending bills are sent to the House Appropriations Committee, which makes the final decision on whether to include the spending.
He said it is helpful for committee members to see who suggested the spending and how many cosponsors it has. Though the rule may lead to more bills being filed, Holmes said legislators understand that their bills may not make it.
Despite the $2 billion budget hole, state legislators have filed 109 bills with requests worth more than $591.6 million in spending — nearly 30 percent of the shortfall.
Still, Holmes said Hackney was not troubled by the requests.
"I think folks are realistic," he said. "They know that there's a limit on the money that's available, but at the same time they have a duty to represent their folks back home. The financial picture will determine what happens, but nothing happens if you don't ask."
Correction: An earlier version of the post overstated the House practice. It is not a rule.