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February28

From Education to Appropriations

House Education committee members deferred four K-12 related funding bills to the House Appropriations committee on Wednesday, which marked the committee’s last time discussing bills.   SPED levy bill discussed   Committee members unanimously voted to defer Senate Bill 15, which adjusts property tax levies for the special education fund of a school district and
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February28

Action on ESA funding bill deferred

The House Appropriations committee heard testimony, but took no action on Senate Bill 76 on Wednesday.   SB 76 appropriates funding for Education Service Agencies. ESAs would have to apply to the Department of Education to receive the funds.   “School boards are very supportive of Education Service Agencies,” Executive Director Wade Pogany testified. “ESAs
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February27

Payroll publication amended and passed

The third time may be the charm for Senate Bill 180. SB 180 passed the House Local Government committee on Tuesday in its third incarnation.   Committee members voted to pass an amended version of SB 180 on an 8-5 vote. The amended draft requires the total dollar amount of local government employees’ benefits be
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February27

Property and petitions

House Bill 1143, which would have classified leased residential property as the fourth tax levy, fell one vote short at its Senate Taxation committee hearing this morning.   Committee members voted 4-3 to move HB 1143 to the 41st legislative day following a lengthy discussion on proposed creation of the new tax levy.   “It’s
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February27

Senate sends joint powers bill to Gov.

Proposed levy moved to 41st   House Bill 1143, which would have classified leased residential property as the fourth tax levy, fell one vote short at its Senate Taxation committee hearing this morning.   Committee members voted 4-3 to move HB 1143 to the 41st legislative day following a lengthy discussion on proposed creation of
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February27

Senators pass sentinel bill

Senators passed an amended version of House Bill 1087, which would allow school employees and volunteers to carry guns in and on school grounds, on a 21-14 vote this afternoon.   HB 1087 heads back across the hall to the House floor for final approval. If the amendments are approved by Representatives, the bill would
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February26

News and Notes from Monday

“Under 100” joint powers bill approved   By a 67-1 vote, the House of Representatives passed an amended version of Senate Bill 96. The bill will return to the Senate for approval.   SB 96 allows school districts with enrollments under 100 to remain open if they are exercising joint powers or intergovernmental cooperation in education, which would
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February25

ESA bill moves from education to appropriation

House Education committee members voted 13-1 to refer Senate Bill 76 on to the House Appropriations committee.   SB 76 Appropriates funding for Education Service Agencies. ESAs would have to apply to the Department of Education to receive the funds. The bill currently has $1 attached to it.   “This is an attempt to restore
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February25

Appropriations defers actions

Two bills that could impact K-12 education funding had hearings in House Appropriations this morning, but no action was taken.   House Appropriators held a lengthy discussion among themselves and those who testified on Senate Bill 28, which adjusts property tax levies for the general fund of a school district. The discussion centered on the
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February22

ASBSD Weekly Legislative Roundup

Guns in Schools bill headed to Senate   A bill that would allow school employees and volunteers to carry guns in and on school grounds was passed by the Senate State Affairs committee today on a 5-4 vote.   House Bill 1087 would allow school boards to establish a sentinel program pending the approval of
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