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February21

Crossover Day comes and bills go – Senate

Members of the House and Senate discussed, debated and acted on a number of bills well into the evening hours on Wednesday, which marked Crossover Day. All bills still in their original house had to be passed or tabled by the end of the day.   A long list of legislation related to K-12 education
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February21

Crossover Day comes and bills go – House

Members of the House and Senate discussed, debated and acted on a number of bills well into the evening hours on Wednesday, which marked Crossover Day. All bills still in their original house had to be passed or tabled by the end of the day.   A long list of legislation related to K-12 education
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February21

A study instead of a Sentinel?

The divisive House Bill 1087 will enter Senate State Affairs tomorrow morning proposing the implementation of a program that would arm school personnel and volunteers in and on school grounds, but could leave with a different look.   Currently, HB 1087 would allow school boards to establish a sentinel program pending the approval of a
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February20

Some special projects

Three dollar bills   Three K-12 education special project bills survived the Senate Appropriations cutting room floor on Tuesday. Each bill heads to the Senate floor today with just one dollar attached to them   Committee members passed Senate Bill 233, which establishes the critical needs teaching scholarship program for student’s looking to enter the
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February20

State aid adjustment bills tabled

Changes to the state aid funding formula won’t come in the forms of Senate Bills 191, 193 or 196 as the Senate Appropriations committee tabled the bills at Tuesday’s hearing, but the conversation each received is an encouraging step.   “It’s disappointing the bills won’t move on, but the conversation will,” Executive Director Wade Pogany
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February20

The committees before the storm

It’s not the impending snow storm, but the “Crossover Day” flurry that happens Wednesday afternoon on the House and Senate floors as legislators work to pass or defer all the bills on the docket before the end of the day.   Before that flurry, committees met to discuss a variety of bills already passed through
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February20

A Hoghouse in Appropriations

Two bills received big changes at Tuesday’s Senate Appropriations committee hearing that will in turn have big effects on K-12 funding.   Committee members passed an amended version of Senate Bill 28 on a 6-2 vote. SB 28 revises the property tax levies for school districts’ general and special education funds.   The bill is
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February19

Leased Property levy looms in House

House Taxation committee members passed a bill that would create a property tax levy for leased residential property at Tuesday’s meeting on a 9-4 vote.   House Bill 1143 sets the leased property levy would be set at $8.62 per $1,000 of taxable valuation and is defined as any single-family unit or structure consisting of
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February15

Morning moves by committees

Pilot Program passed on   House Education committee members passed House Bill 1183 on an 8-7 vote this morning. The action comes after the bill was deferred on Wednesday and now moves to House Appropriations.   HB 1183 calls for the appropriation of funds to put a computer and Internet access into the homes of
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February15

ASBSD Weekly Legislative Roundup

This week provided two lengthy days of school funding talk in the Senate Appropriations committee meetings.   At the center of the discussion were proposed adjustments to the state aid funding formula, which Executive Director Wade Pogany summed up as three different solutions to one problem.   “We have a crisis in education,” Pogany testified
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