Budget conferencing is kicking off today. On Saturday, the budget allocations were released and the conference committees were also announced.
Joint Memo: 2023 Budget Conference Appointees, Joint Allocations and Schedule https://lobby.tools/3LkeQ2k
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:
- HB 1259 Education by Rep. Canady was heard in its last committee. The bill was amended again to remove the changes to higher education, which were added in the last committee stop, but kept the phasing in of the sharing capital outlay dollars by all districts to charter schools. The bill moves to the House floor tomorrow.
- SB 1328 Charter School Capital Outlay by Sen. Hudson was also heard last week. This is the companion bill to the one mentioned above and the two are now practically identical. This was the last committee stop for this bill and it is expected to be added to the Senate calendar on 2nd reading soon.
- HB 1537 Education by Rep. Rizo has passed its last committee stop and has seen significant changes since it was first introduced. This bill covers a variety of education topics including making changes to the school grading formula for elementary schools, shifting to professional learning for teachers, and provides students with the opportunity to use the Classical Learning Test scores to meet Bright Futures requirements. This bill is set to be heard on the House floor tomorrow where an amendment by Rep. Massullo will be considered which would set concordant scores for this year’s graduating seniors at last year’s scores for ELA and modifies them slightly for Algebra I EOC. The amendment is available for your review. This is great news for the cla ss of 2023.