We have officially hit the halfway point of the legislative session. Last week was a short week due to the Passover and Easter holidays. The House only met in floor sessions on Monday and Tuesday with the Senate holding committee meetings and floor sessions until Wednesday.
HERE you will find the legislative bill tracker supplied to us by our team at GrayRobinson. All of the bills we are tracking are listed on the report in numerical order. Bills that align to our platform are highlighted in yellow. A few of the bills to highlight:
- SB 1328 Charter School Capital Outlay Funding by Sen. Boyd was heard in its first committee. The amendment adopted during the committee significantly changed the bill to a phased in percentage approach to the sharing of capital outlay dollars which, currently, would affect the largest 7 districts. This bill is now considerably different from the House version HB 1259 Education Funding by Rep. Canady which is still in the committee process.
- SB 444 District School Board Elections by Sen. Ingoglia, which changes the date by which school board members must demonstrate residency was heard in its 2nd committee. HB 411 by Rep. Steele which is identical, has already passed the full House.
- SB 1110 Term Limits by Sen. Ingoglia was heard in its 2nd committee. This bill would change school board term limits from 12 years to 8 years and would also place 8 year term limits on county commissioners. HB 477 by Rep. Rizo which only includes 8 year term limits for school board members already passed the House floor.