It was back to basics this week. The legislature worked a regular schedule. The House and Senate convening Tuesday and Thursday with Wednesday committee meetings.
Tuesday, the House passed resolutions and one bill on the regular order calendar before adjourning, and the Senate worked a special-order calendar passing one bill related to education. SB22 by Sen. Brewbaker, adds the requirement to post personnel vacancies to the local board’s website, and changes the time it must be posted before the position is filled from 14 days to 7 days.
Wednesday was very busy with many education bills in committees (read the committee report below).
Thursday, the House worked a regular order calendar, which had two education bills, HB27 by Rep. Baker and HB71 by Rep. Collins. HB71 by Collins passed the House and now goes to the Senate. HB27, repeals a provision that prevents school systems from moving forward in disciplinary action when an employee is also charged with the crime of sexual contact with a student, amends criminal code to reflect changes in the Students First Act to eliminate confusion. A few House members spoke against it. Due to disagreement about the intent of the bill, Rep. Baker decided to carry over the bill, killing HB27 in the House. The good news is the Senate companion bill, SB28 by Sen. Pittman, passed the Senate and has been transmitted to the House. Sen. Marsh’s SB76, that would allow more people to take optional standard deduction on their state income taxes, passed the Senate too. CLAS is tracking this bill because it would decrease receipts to the ETF by an estimated $4 million, beginning in FY20 and each year thereafter.