Last week we hit the halfway point of the legislative session and saw both chambers pass their respective budgets off their chamber floors and put them in the proper posture for budget conferencing. We don’t expect budget conferencing to begin for a couple of weeks as each chamber continues to work through their policy priorities.
Our team at GrayRobinson is once again providing us with our bill tracker. All of the bills we are tracking are listed on the report in numerical order. Bills that align with our platform are highlighted in yellow. A few of the bills to highlight:
- SB 734 Government Accountability by Sen. Ingoglia was heard and passed out of its second committee. This bill makes changes to the requirements of lobbyists at the local level. It also limits school boards’ ability to extend the contracts of superintendents and school board attorneys to more than 8 months out from a general election unless the vote is unanimous. HB 735 by Rep. Andrade which is identical was temporarily postponed in its last committee stop.
- SB 1356 School Safety by Sen. Calatayud was heard in its second committee. While significant changes were made to the bill at this committee stop, the bill continues to differ from the House version, HB 1473 by Rep. Trabulsy which continues to have punitive measures for not having every door locked on campuses. The House bill did unanimously pass its second committee this week.